Dr. Gregory Kriehn, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was selected for Fresno State’s 2019 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, announced Dr. Robert Harper, Fresno State’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

The Provost’s Awards also honored the following faculty:

  • Emma Hughes, professor of criminology — Faculty Service Award
  • Steven Church, professor of English, and Dr. Youngwook Kim, professor of electrical and computer engineering — Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment Award
  • Wei Wu, associate professor of construction management — Innovation Award
  • Lisa Anderson, Department of Anthropology — Outstanding Lecturer Award

Seven faculty members were selected for the Promising New Faculty category of the Provost’s Awards in recognition of their exemplary achievements in teaching, research, creative activities and/or service among non-tenured, tenure-track faculty. The honorees are:

  • Lisa Bryant, assistant professor of political science
  • Dermot Donnelly, assistant professor of chemistry
  • Melanie Hernandez, assistant professor of English
  • Jessica McKenzie, assistant professor of child and family science
  • Faith Sidlow, assistant professor of media, communications and journalism
  • Juliet Wahleithner, assistant professor of literacy, early, bilingual and special education
  • Emily Walter, assistant professor of biology

In addition, the Office of Institutional Effectivenessreceived a Special Award for Exemplary Service, which recognized its innovative use of technology to help the University community.

The Provost’s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the outstanding teaching, research and service that is central to the mission of Fresno State.

Honorees provide students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the University as an intellectual and cultural leader in the Central Valley.

The awardees will be celebrated at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the North Gym(Room 118) on campus. For more information about the reception, contact Randy Aoki at 559.278.2636.

Honorees provide students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the University as an intellectual and cultural leader in the Central Valley.

The awardees will be celebrated at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the North Gym (Room 118) on campus. For more information about the reception, contact Randy Aoki at 559.278.2636.

Excellence in Teaching Award

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Gregory Kriehn

Dr. Gregory Kriehn (engineering) joined the Fresno State faculty in 2003. Since then, he has taught over 20 courses from freshman orientation to advanced graduate-level courses, developed new courses and written or upgraded laboratory manuals. He is the founding director of the Lyles College of Engineering’s Honors Program and has taken on the responsibility of mentoring 38 students every year. Kriehn has also led research and development work of unmanned aerial systems for about 10 years, mentoring at least 20 students a year on various aspects of unmanned flight and applications in agriculture and other areas.

Faculty Service Award

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Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes (criminology) started at Fresno State in 2007 as a lecturer in the Department of Criminology and is now a professor and chair of the department. Hughes is the founder

and principal investigator of the Project Rebound Initiative, launched in 2016 to expand support programs for formerly incarcerated students at Fresno State. She has also made efforts to improve the college work environment by checking in with faculty members, facilitating research ideas and sharing in joy and empathy with colleagues.

Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment Award

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Steven Church

Steven Church (English) joined Fresno State’s faculty in 2006 and has become one of the nation’s most influential, innovative and acclaimed voices in literary nonfiction as well as a sought-after speaker. He published seven full-length books and dozens of essays in juried journals and anthologies. Church also served as editor in chief for The Normal School, a literary magazine published at Fresno State. His work attracts national and international praise and his essays and books are reprinted and translated widely.

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Youngwook Kim

Youngwook Kim (engineering) joined Fresno State in 2008. His research and teaching encompasses the area of electromagnetics, specifically target detection and classification, bio-sending and machine learning. He has expanded his work to include deep learning, image classification, drone signatures and more. Kim is a prolific researcher, having received about $1.06 million in research grants. He has published 83 articles and presented his research on drone detection to two deputy undersecretaries of defense.

Innovation Award

Wei Wu

Wei Wu

Wei Wu (construction management) joined Fresno State’s faculty in 2013 and has transformed student learning on campus. In recent years, he used virtual- and mixed-reality to enhance teaching and learning to develop leaders who will be ready to face the challenges of the rapidly changing and technologically-advanced construction industry. That work led Wu to develop a new augmented reality laboratory in the Lyles College of Engineering, giving Fresno State students a competitive edge over students at other institutions.