Five Faculty Members Cited for Research, Teaching

Five Faculty Members Cited for Research, Teaching

The 2002-2003 Distinguished Teaching and Research Award winners were announced at the Faculty Day event held May 1 in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall.

Teaching Awards

Assoc. Prof. John Gallaugher (CSOM): According to his colleagues, anyone who has seen Gallaugher in action knows why he is being recognized for his teaching skills.

Nominating him for the teaching award, Gallaugher's fellow Carroll School of Management faculty members said, "His level of preparation, command of the material and general vigor and enthusiasm are all exceptional."

Gallaugher also has drawn praise for his personal web site, which includes his "Week in Geek" column, a weekly digest of information technology-related news that has over 200 e-mail subscribers, most of them former students. He also uses the site as a reference source for students and posts all course materials on the site.

Others laud him for responding positively to the student demand for more hands-on infotech work and for his role as a founding member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance, which makes some Microsoft technologies available to BC students for free. He also provides stewardship of the 60-member Graduate MBA Tech Club at BC, the largest MBA organization in the Carroll School.

Assoc. Prof. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace (English): A favorite among Boston College students for years, Kowaleski-Wallace has often been cited for the creativity and energy she brings to the classroom. Student nominations written on behalf of Kowaleski-Wallace tout her not only as an excellent teacher and mentor but also an inspiration.

"As an aspiring teacher, I always try to take notice of effective teaching techniques," writes one student. "Beth has been a major object of my study."

Kowaleski-Wallace teaches 18th century British literature and literary and feminist theory. She is the author of Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping, and Business in the 18th Century, Their Fathers' Daughters: Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Patriarchal Complicity and co-editor of Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy.

"She is always translating her immense store of knowledge into something easily attainable for both graduate and undergraduate students," writes one former pupil. "Her passion for literature and her drive to make it accessible to all her students combine to make her one of the best teachers I have had in college."

Research Awards

Prof. Anthony Maluccio (GSSW): A veteran of the BC faculty and an internationally recognized scholar in the field of child welfare, Maluccio's work has had a profound impact on the lives of abandoned, orphaned and displaced children, according to colleagues from the Graduate School of Social Work.

"His seminal research on family reunification has had an enormous impact on child welfare policy in the United States and in the international community," a faculty member comments.

Maluccio is the author of some 20 books, including the recently published Child Welfare Outcome Research in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia and The Child Welfare Challenge: Policy, Practice and Research.

He has written more than 100 book chapters and journal articles, and serves on the editorial board of 10 journals, including Child and Youth Services, Child Welfare and Social Service Review. His work has been funded by state and federal agencies and by private foundations. Maluccio has twice been a Fulbright Scholar.

Writes another colleague: "Maluccio's research displays a rigor and exceptionality which leaves many of us in awe of his scholarship. He has advanced the cause of research in his field significantly."

Prof. Lawrence Scott (Chemistry): A major breakthrough in Scott's laboratory last year led to the publication of two scientific articles in the prestigious journal Science within four months of each other.

The breakthrough focused the eyes of the scientific world on BC and Scott, who was credited with creating the first rational synthesis of a soccer ball-shaped carbon molecule known as "Buckminsterfullerene" or "Buckyball."

Scott garnered professional acclaim well before his appearances in Science. He has earned senior fellowships from NATO and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, among others, served as the Ernst Berliner Lecturer and the Nozoe Memorial Lecturer, and won the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award in 1999.

"Whether integrated over his entire career, or just over the eight years since he arrived at BC or even over the last two years, Prof. Scott exemplifies the very best of what research at BC should be," says one colleague.

Assoc. Prof. Hong Ding (Physics): An expert in experimental aspects of strongly correlated electron systems, including high temperature superconductors, Ding has published 56 articles, including three in Nature and 11 in the prominent physics journal Physical Review Letters. During November and December of 1997, Ding was the world's most heavily cited physics researcher, according to Science Watch.

Completing his fourth year at BC, Ding has obtained support for his research through the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society, among others. He also was the first BC Physics Department faculty member to win a Sloan Research Fellowship.

"With this most impressive funding and publication one of the most competitive fields in physics and strong support from world leaders in the field, certainly makes Hong Ding an excellent candidate for this award," writes one colleague.

-Stephen Gawlik


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