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University Professor

(formerly University Award of Excellence)


Dr. Casandra Newby-Alexander - 2012 (first recipient as University Professor)

The recipient of this award is a tenured exemplar of excellence in all aspects of the academic trinity: teaching, research, and service. The recipient exhibited Ernest Boyer's integration of scholarly discovery into the classroom and beyond. The recipient is an indispensable corporate leader, galvanizing campus coalitions of the willing to achieve significant curricular as well as policy improvements.

Dr. Frances Williams Dr. Frances Williams - 2010

Dr. Williams is an associate professor of engineering at Norfolk State University. Her career at NSU has been characterized by excellence in teaching, research, and service. She is creative and enthusiastic.  Her teaching, curriculum reform, and scholarship efforts have been visionary for Norfolk State University and its students. Dr. Williams has consistently earned top ratings on student evaluations. She was selected as NSU’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Chapter “Outstanding Engineering Educator of the Year” in 2006.  She has worked tirelessly as the departmental advising coordinator for Engineering.  The College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) recognized her as “Advisor/Mentor of the Year” in 2006 for her exceptional efforts in mentoring and advising NSU students.

Dr. Williams has maintained an impressive scholarship record in acoustic microsensors and microelectromechanical systems since her appointment in the Engineering Department. She is steadily building these areas at NSU through curriculum and research infrastructure enhancements. Most impressively, Dr. Williams serves as the team coordinator for NSU’s $6.5 million state-of-the-art cleanroom facility. This is a world-class facility that is unique and beneficial to NSU and the regional research community-at-large. 

Additionally, she spearheads the development of the microfabrication laboratory that will be used as an instructional cleanroom, enabling the unparalleled integration of research and education in engineering at NSU.  In terms of grantsmanship, Dr. Williams has been awarded grants totaling more than $1.87 million since 2004.  She has been recognized by CSET for her research efforts with the Outstanding Grantsmanship Award and the Outstanding Research Mentoring Award for her stellar work with student researchers.  Like her work in the teaching and scholarship categories, Dr. Williams excels in service.  She has actively been involved and a leader in many initiatives on campus including the CSET e-mentoring program (chair), the Faculty Senate, and she is the convener for NSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan Living and Learning Community of Inquiry.  She is also actively engaged in numerous science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related outreach programs.

Dr. Mbub KhandakerDr. Mbub Khandaker - 2009

 The recipient of this award is a tenured exemplar of excellence in all aspects of the academic trinity: teaching, research, and service. The recipient exhibited Ernest Boyer's integration of scholarly discovery into the classroom and beyond. The recipient is an indispensable corporate leader, galvanizing campus coalitions of the willing to achieve significant curricular as well as policy improvements.

Dr. Phillip McNeilDr. Phillip McNeil - 2008

The recipient of this award is a tenured exemplar of excellence in all aspects of the academic trinity: teaching, research, and service. The recipient exhibited Ernest Boyer's integration of scholarly discovery into the classroom and beyond. The recipient is an indispensable corporate leader, galvanizing campus coalitions of the willing to achieve significant curricular as well as policy improvements.

Dr. Rasha MorsiDr. Rasha Morsi - 2007

The recipient of this award is a tenured exemplar of excellence in all aspects of the academic trinity: teaching, research, and service. The recipient exhibited Ernest Boyer's integration of scholarly discovery into the classroom and beyond. The recipient is an indispensable corporate leader, galvanizing campus coalitions of the willing to achieve significant curricular as well as policy improvements.