Faculty and Staff honored at Founder’s Day Convocation

October 18, 2013

Five Bradley University faculty and staff members were recognized today during the Founder’s Day Convocation for excellence in teaching scholarship and service. Those honored are:

Putnam Award
Dr. Bradley Andersh
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Andersh has been the primary investigator on two major NSF grants. He accomplishes first-rate scientific research while involving undergraduate, graduate, and high school students as co-workers. He actively engages students through interactive classroom presentations, web-based tutorials, and pre-exams. He mentors numerous research students through their preparations for presentations at local and regional conferences. He has served for many years as his department’s representative to the University Senate as well as numerous University committees.

Rothberg Award
Dr. Kevin Finson
Professor of Education

Dr. Finson is praised for his depth and breadth of knowledge and the contributions he has made as a scholar in science education. He has been a pioneer in the area of visual data in science education. His work has been published in national journals making significant contributions to his profession. In addition to his research Dr. Finson has chaired the Department of Teacher Education and has held leadership positions with national and international associations.

Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship
Dr. Jennifer Robin
Assistant Professor of Management and Leadership

Dr. Robin is an accomplished researcher, having published multiple articles in the top journals in her field. Her articles have been cited many times in scholarly journals, and she is completing her third book. Her book, The Great Workplace, has received international acclaim and was awarded the Axiom Business Book Gold Medal in 2012. She serves as a mentor to students and creates a true partnership with them in her research.

Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching
Dr. Elena Gabor
Assistant Professor of Communication

Dr. Gabor joined the Bradley faculty after earning her PH.D. in organizational communication at Purdue University. She leads the University’s organizational Communication program and has made a number of changes that have resulted in a stronger curriculum, and has created a minor in organizational communication. She is the founder and faculty advisor to the student chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. She is described as an outstanding teacher, mentor, and motivator.

Francis Mergen Award for Public Service
Dr. Souhail Elhouar
Chairman and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering & Construction

Dr. Elhouar is an outstanding public servant who has enriched the community with his extensive service to many organizations and has inspired students to do the same. He is a member of the Peoria Race Relations Commission, has served as a mentor for young people at the Dream Center of Peoria, and is a volunteer soccer coach for the Peoria Park District. He has been the director of the Bridge-Pal Program for middle and high school students for more than 10 years and has lent valuable support to Bradley’s student ASCE Steel Bridge Team. He has worked on two International Construction Innovations conferences held in Peoria as well as the annual Innovations Conference in Asphalt and Transportation. At the national level he has served in a leadership role in the Partners In Education Committee of the American Institute of Steel Construction.