Media Advisory - Regents Present Awards to 12 Faculty Members
April 5, 2001
Regents Present Awards to 12 Faculty Members for Mentoring, Public
Service, Teaching, Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
At its April 6 meeting at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, County (UMBC),
the University System of Maryland Board of Regents will present the Regents'
Faculty Awards for Excellence. This year, the Regents will recognize 12 faculty
members from institutions across the USM for their outstanding contributions in
one of six areas: mentoring, public service, teaching, research, scholarship,
and creative activity.
"These 12 educators, recommended by the Regents Faculty Award Committee,
are the standard-bearers for the mission of higher education," said Nathan
A. Chapman, Jr., chairman of the Board. "They have shown exemplary
dedication in their chosen disciplines, and the Board is pleased to bestow its
highest honor upon them."
Each award recipient will receive $1,000 and a plaque of recognition for the
The Board of Regents established the Faculty Awards in 1995 to publicly
recognize distinguished performance by educators and researchers within the
University System. The Regents Faculty Award Committee, comprised of faculty
from the USM's research and comprehensive institutions as well as one member
from the System office staff, receives nominations from the president of each
institution, along with the nominees' portfolios. The portfolios provided
documentation of outstanding performance in the award category for which the
faculty member was nominated. Each nominee must have served as a USM faculty
member for at least five years.
This year's award winners for Excellence in Mentoring are:
This year's award winners for Public Service are:
- Robert J. Bloch, professor in the Department of Physiology at the School of
Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Since 1991, Bloch has directed a
training program supporting graduate students in anatomy and neuroscience,
biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, and microbiology. Through this training
program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), students are
provided with stipends and, most importantly, valuable time with their
professor. Bloch has mentored pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees as well as
junior faculty members throughout his career. Just recently, he began an effort
to obtain NIH funding for the recruitment and retention of minority graduate
students at UMB.
- Robert H. Deluty, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County. Director of clinical training, Deluty has led the
development of the clinical psychology track within UMBC' s Human Services
Psychology doctoral program. He has provided ample research opportunities for
undergraduates, and mentored graduate students. His students have gone on to win
competitive internships and develop rewarding clinical careers.
- Harold E. Griswold, professor of music at Towson University. Griswold has been
a member of Towson's music faculty for 31 years. During that time, he has taught
bassoon, early music ensemble, woodwind class, and music literature, and he has
coordinated the Master of Music graduate program in performance and composition.
He has also shaped the lives and careers of young musicians, inspiring many to
become teachers of music performance at all levels. A number of his students
have established careers both here and overseas in the United in orchestras,
opera companies, military bands, and jazz ensembles.
This year's award winners for Excellence in Teaching are:
- H. Harry Basehart, professor and chair in the Department of Political Science
at Salisbury University. Basehart has merged his scholarly expertise with
real-world issues in several ways, most recently by creating Salisbury' s
Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, along with fellow professor
Francis Kane. For 27 years, he has managed a program that produces more interns
serving in the General Assembly than does any other college or university in
Maryland. In recognition of his commitment to public service, Gov. Glendening
appointed Basehart to the State Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election
- Jessica Elfenbein, assistant professor in the Division of Legal, Ethical, and
Historical Studies at the University of Baltimore. Elfenbein has organized major
conferences on the history of Baltimore, attended by scholars and the general
public alike. She has nurtured Maryland History Day, visiting school systems to
encourage participation, in time transforming it into a truly statewide event.
Her advocacy led to the creation of the Center for Baltimore Studies, bringing
together research and service-learning projects that are currently spread across
- Edward D. Houde, professor in the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Houde has devoted much
of his career to advocating for the sound management of fishery resources, and
is recognized for his contributions not only in Maryland, but throughout the
region and the nation. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, Houde has played a major role in changing the paradigm of fishery
management from one that maximizes harvest to the point of species depletion to
one that stresses conservation. Because of his research, the governors of
Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania included a commitment to multi-species
management in their historic Chesapeake 2000 Agreement.
This year's award winners for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity are:
- Matthew Bobrowsky, adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University
College and astrophysicist with the Challenger Center for Space Science
Education. Bobrowsky, who has taught at UMUC since 1983, is regarded by his
students as an inspiring teacher. He has also devoted his time and talent to
colleagues, largely by helping to train them in the use of Web-based teaching
methods. Recently he was part of a team that developed a basic astronomy course
for online delivery that has enrolled more than 200 students from the U.S. and
five other countries. He speaks frequently in local schools and regularly
presents at the annual National Science Teachers Association Conference.
- Leslie P. Gartner, associate professor of anatomy in the Department of Oral
and Craniofacial Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dental School. Gartner's enthusiasm for teaching is best summed up by his own
words: "I was brimming with information that I wanted to impart to my
prospective students, hoping that I could arouse their curiosity. Thirty years
later, nothing has changed. I still look forward to each new class of students,
to each new lecture, and to each laboratory session as if this were that very
first day that I began to teach." Aside from being regarded as an inspiring
teacher, Gartner is the author of eight textbooks and a course on CD-ROM.
- Robin G. Sawyer, associate professor of health education at the University of
Maryland, College Park. Sawyer has been on the faculty since 1990, after
spending five years at the University Health Center. His courses have included
human sexuality, methods and materials in health education, and health of
children and youth. He has received numerous accolades for his teaching and is
consistently praised cited by his students. He has also written two textbooks
and screenplays that have advanced the field of health education, and
co-produced four films focusing on human sexuality. His work has had an impact
on campuses around the country.
- Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, professor of biological sciences at UMBC. Holder of
the university's endowed Meyerhoff Chair in Biochemistry for 2000 through 2005,
Ostrand-Rosenberg has made major contributions to cancer research via her work
on the molecular and cellular basis of immunity to tumors. Her experiments in
the late 1980s led to a renaissance in tumor immunology, drawing many new
investigators to the field. Ostrand-Rosenberg has received consistent grant
support from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, and
routinely includes students at all levels in her research program.
- Sally Promey, professor of art history at the University of Maryland, College
Park. Promey is a distinguished scholar whose 1999 book on John Singer Sargent,
Painting Religion in Public, is considered the definitive work on the artist to
date. The book is one of the few texts to delve into the connections between
religion and art in the United States. By virtue of her scholarship, Promey has
defined a new concentration within American history: the intersections between
religion and the visual arts.
- Mortimer N. Sellers, professor of law at the University of Baltimore. Sellers
is regarded as one of the world's leading scholars of contemporary
constitutional law, and is frequently invited by governments around the world to
assist in drafting their constitutions and developing legal institutions. He has
published numerous articles and books, and is editor of International Legal
Theory and associate editor of the American Journal of Comparative Law. Over the
last three years, Sellers has published a book, four articles, an encyclopedia
entry, eight academic essays, and eight book reviews. He has also presented his
research at nearly 30 academic conferences and seminars. His numerous honors
include Professor of the Year from the Women's Bar Association in 1999.