PSU Faculty Honored for Excellence in Faculty Service and Distinguished Scholarship

September 2nd, 2010 by Adam

Professors in the Departments of Art and Education have been honored Plymouth State University with awards for excellence in faculty service and distinguished scholarship.

The 2010 Award for Excellence in Faculty Service was presented to Professor Patricia Cantor, early childhood studies coordinator and 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. Professor of Art History Naomi Kline received the 2010 Distinguished Scholarship Award.

Pat Cantor
Pat Cantor is the recipient of the 2010 PSU Excellence in Faculty Service award

PSU’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service is presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the goal of balanced and sustained service that has had a quality impact on the campus, the faculty member’s profession or the broader community. Each recipient exemplifies dedication and sustained service.

In announcing the awardee University Provost Julie Bernier said “This year’s recipient believes that ‘each person has a moral responsibility to participate in efforts for the good of the whole, whether that be a department, an institution or the wider community.’ She has made that the foundation of her involvement in service activities at Plymouth State and in service and advocacy of behalf of children, families and the early childhood profession.”

Since joining the PSU faculty in 1990, Cantor has served as director of the Center for Young Children and Families , chair of the Department of Education and speaker of the faculty senate. She has also served as National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) coordinator, director of teacher education, and has participated on the Council of Teacher Education for more than 15 years. She also participated in such initiatives as the General Education Task Force and the Governance Implementation Task Force because she shared in a desire to bring about change. She says, “I feel a commitment to Plymouth State and want to contribute to its continued vitality as an academic institution.”

Off campus, Cantor serves on the board of the New Hampshire Children’s Alliance and as co-chair of the New Hampshire Child Care Advisory Council. According to Cantor, “When families are better off, children are better off.” A colleague said, “Pat has worked effectively on behalf of the New Hampshire Child Care Advisory Council to urge state leaders to make decisions today based on the future we want for New Hampshire. I believe her leadership at this critical juncture in our state’s history is a gift to New Hampshire’s young children.”

Peers who nominated Cantor for the Faculty Service Award describe her as a true leader on campus. “Those who work closely with her are inspired to be more thoughtful about their service and their teaching,” one nominator wrote. Another described her unique voice and influence.
Cantor lauds Plymouth State University for valuing service. “There are so many people here who are involved and engaged in service. I can put my efforts into early childhood issues because I know other people are doing good work in many other areas—that’s comforting and inspiring.”

The Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship is presented annually to a member of the faculty whose body of creative and scholarly works is recognized for its rigor, originality and expressiveness.

Naomi Kline
Naomi Kline is the recipient of the 2010 PSU Distinguished Scholarship Award

Kline came to Plymouth State University in 1982 as gallery director and art historian. After seven years she relinquished her gallery responsibilities in exchange for full-time teaching. Her love of teaching is rivaled only by her passion for scholarly research—a passion she discovered while working on her doctoral dissertation on medieval stained glass, which required her to “gain access to monuments, climb scaffolding and spend hours with arcane documents in arcane libraries.”

Speaking of Kline’s recognition for distinguished scholarship, Provost Bernier said, “We recognize Dr. Kline’s accomplishments as encompassing a dedication and even devotion to a wide range of scholarly ideals. Significant among these is a selfless mentoring of Plymouth State students by involving them in her research and promoting their own academic interests. She has achieved success at securing grants; and her long list of publications and presentations has earned her the well-deserved reputation as an expert in her field. In addition, she is well known for her tireless service in international academic endeavors and for her collaboration with renowned scholars.

Kline’s early research involved Hammond Castle Museum, a medieval-style castle built in Gloucester, Mass. in the 1920s. Her work culminated in the exhibition, “Castles: An Enduring Fantasy.”

Extensive research on medieval stained glass occupied her next, followed by world map studies that yielded numerous journal articles, a book and an instructional CD-ROM that boosted interest in the Hereford Mappamundi, a medieval world map that until her research had received little attention from art historians. Her current research focuses on misericords, wooden sculptures on choir stalls that typically feature carved images derived from such areas as religion, fables, proverbs and popular culture. She is particularly interested in the secular images and their social context, an area she says is rich in research possibilities.

One nominator wrote of her scholarship, “Naomi’s presentations at national and international conferences and her publications consistently are marked by assiduous research, discerning intellect, creative and novel insight, and refreshing wit. The significance of her scholarly endeavors is documented both by the research grants she has received from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the highly respected academic presses which have published her research.”

“As you become an expert in your field, you write and publish articles. It needs to be detailed scholarship, and it needs to be accepted by experts in the field,” Kline says. “I’m very happy to have this award; I’ve worked hard and I think I am a serious scholar. I’m grateful that it’s been recognized.”

Kline came to Plymouth State University in 1982 as gallery director and art historian. After seven years she relinquished her gallery responsibilities in exchange for full-time teaching.

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