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At this annual celebration, we, as a shared community, are pleased that the important work of faculty continues and evolves as faculty have broadened and redefined the boundaries of scholarship, creativity, and innovation throughout the COVID, late-COVID, and soon-to-be post-COVID eras. While we are pleased to return to more familiar campus-based traditions, functions, and activities, the experiences of 2020-2021 have contributed to the development of new forms and strategies for scholarship and creativity that reflect the core principles of faculty life and ensure that student learning remains central to the mission of Eastern Illinois University.

For that reason, our faculty, department chairs, college deans, the Provost, and the entire campus community celebrate the achievements and outstanding contributions of our colleagues and students to their disciplines and professions. And, as the following pages illustrate, faculty engaged in continuing scholarly and creative activities that have provided outstanding mentoring experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to celebrating faculty productivity, research excellence, and creative contributions, we also recognize faculty whose contributions have been recognized as exemplary. Specifically, the program celebrates the recipients of the Edwin L. “Bud” May award, as well as the Dean’s Award of Excellence in Summer Research and Creative Activity and all 2021 summer award recipients. Additionally, we are pleased to recognize the outstanding research mentors of each college.

Finally, we are grateful — truly grateful — for the sustained commitment of our colleagues to academic excellence and our students. The work and commitment of every member of the campus community to advance the mission has been and is inspiring.

  • Barbara Bonnekessen, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Austin Cheney, Lumpkin College of Business & Technology
  • Richard England, Sandra & Jack Pine Honors College
  • Jay Gatrell, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Laretta Henderson, College of Education
  • Ryan Hendrickson, Graduate School & College of Health & Human Services
  • Zach Newell, Booth Library

Publication Date

Fall 2021

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2021 Celebration of Scholarship, Creativity, and Engagement