Plymouth State University Recognizes Faculty for Excellence

September 18th, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H – Plymouth State University has recognized three faculty members for their outstanding commitment and performance in an annual celebration of faculty excellence. University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said the three awardees, professors Chris Chabot, John Krueckeberg and Christian Roberson, are excellent representatives of the high quality and exceptional faculty at PSU.

John Krueckeberg

“These three individuals have been recognized by their peers and by the students for excellence in scholarship, service and advising,” Bernier said. “In each case, I can’t think of a better choice.  They are most deserving of these recognitions.”

John  Krueckeberg, Professor of HistoryAward for Excellence in Faculty Service

As a teacher at Plymouth State since 2001, Krueckeberg has served on many levels at the University, from being coordinator of the history discipline, to filling-in as a Department Chair, to serving on the institution’s Planning/Budget/Leadership Group and to representing PSU on USNH’s academic technology steering committee. Off campus, he has served for nearly a decade on the Town of Plymouth’s Planning Board.

“Service is very important to me,” noted Krueckeberg. “I truly believe that it represents one’s commitment to their community.”

Beyond his PSU teaching responsibilities, his service extends to expanding history education across the state and beyond: he serves as the state coordinator for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s History Teacher of the Year award and also works with PSU geography professor Patrick May in bringing National History Day (NHD) to New Hampshire. The pair began working with schools across the state and launched NHD in 2002; they now reach more than 1,000 students from every region of New Hampshire, with PSU hosting the statewide competition each year.

Krueckeberg notes the University’s motto (Ut Prosim) is about service – “I’m almost speechless to receive this award at an institution that defines itself with the dictum: ‘That I May Serve.’ To receive an award focused on someone fulfilling this part of the University mission is very humbling.”

Christian Roberson, Assistant Professor of Computer ScienceDistinguished Advising

Christian Roberson

Roberson was chosen by students for the Distinguished Advising Award because of his unwavering commitment to their success and genuine caring attitude. In presenting the award to Roberson, Alex Herbst, Student Body Vice President, quoted the comments written by the award selection committee.

“This year’s distinguished advisor goes above and beyond just talking about which courses to take,” said Herbst. “He carefully discusses academic and career paths available to you, the pros and cons of each, and then helps you work out which one may be the best for you. He encourages students to ask the questions they need to ask.”

“This year’s distinguished advisor ‘gets it’— he values the time he spends with students and knows that quality advising, like quality teaching, is much appreciated and long-remembered,” said Herbst.

“It means a lot to me to know that I was selected for this honor by the student body,” Roberson said. “Knowing that my students really do appreciate the things I am doing for them as their advisor is truly rewarding. Advising students is one of my favorite aspects of my job here at PSU and helping them succeed as they work their way through our department is a great experience for me personally.”

Roberson joined the faculty of the Computer Science and Technology department at Plymouth State University in 2007.

Chris Chabot, Professor of BiologyAward for Distinguished Scholarship

Chris Chabot is described as a prolific, dedicated, and innovative scholar due to his impressive record as a research biologist in his primary area of interest, biological clocks, and the life cycle and behavior of the Atlantic horseshoe crab. During his 20-year tenure at Plymouth State, he has served as principal investigator and has received external funding from agencies including the NH Sea Grant, the National Science Foundation and, most recently, as part of the IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence (INBRE), a program whose goals include increasing biology research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Chris Chabot

“We humans learn best by doing, so the blending of research and teaching seems a natural to me,” Chabot noted. “The faculty here is essentially a community of learners and we help to both support and to push each other towards excellence. PSU students nearly always have the opportunity to work directly with professors on real research. Collaborating with students on meaningful research is the epitome of fun for both me and for many students.”

Chabot is also a past recipient of the PSU Distinguished Teaching Award, in part because of the extraordinary extent to which he involves his students in his research.

The awards were presented August 29 as part of PSU’s Faculty Day ceremony.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or