April 30, 2022
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Stanislaus State’s Division of Academic Affairs recently announced the 2022 recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Awards and the Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Award for Faculty Development.

In a message announcing this year’s winners, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rich Ogle commended the nominees and recipients writing, “each person nominated exemplifies true Warrior spirit.”  

A reception celebrating the honorees, along with retiring faculty members and those who reached 15 and 20 years of service milestones will be held in May.

Outstanding Professor

Sarah Chan - Department of Music

Dr. Chan’s vitality as a professor is best exemplified by the success of her students who have excelled in music competitions both statewide and nationally. This commitment is exemplified by her recently receiving the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award from the U.S. Presidential Commission of the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Chan continues to excel both as a teacher and a pianist of the highest level.

Jesse Wolfe - Department of English

Dr. Wolfe represents the ideals of Stan State by virtue of the fact that he balances his academic pursuits with his immense service to the campus. He presently has a book deal in place with Bloomsbury Publishing, where he published his first book. Dr. Wolfe’s service to the University is highlighted by his many years as faculty-in-residence at the on-campus student housing where he has helped to advise and lead countless students.

Outstanding Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Wura Jacobs - Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Promotion

Dr. Jacobs is a health behavior researcher with interests primarily anchored in understanding the determinants of behaviors that impact adolescent health. The goal of her research is to reduce and prevent substance use, addiction and disorders among adolescents/young adults with intersecting (minority) identities. Her success in receiving grant support is impressive, having garnered more than $230,000 since arriving at Stanislaus State in 2018. Her publishing record is extensive. Dr. Jacobs was recognized by the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) as a finalist for the Judy K Black Award that recognizes early-career health behavior research.

Outstanding Service in Faculty Governance

Koni Stone - Department of Chemistry

Dr. Stone has fulfilled a vital and active role in faculty governance for more than 25 years. She is incredibly well-respected among her colleagues and by the administration. She is presently speaker-elect of the Faculty Senate, and has chaired countless committees on campus, including URPTC, UEPC, FAC, LAC and others.

Outstanding Community Service

Richard Wallace - Department of Anthropology, Geography and Ethnic Studies

Dr. Wallace joined the Anthropology Program in fall 2006. In that time, he has developed a strong connection to a multitude of regional organizations which contribute to a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community. His work with We Care homeless shelter, regional organic farmers, the Turlock Certified Farmers Market, Turlock Community Gardens and a Southeast Asian community center all demonstrate his unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the community, and to empower his students to do the same.

Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award

Cueponcaxochitl D. Moreno Sandoval - Department of Anthropology, Geography and Ethnic Studies

Dr. Moreno Sandoval’s accomplishments include a 2020 CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award from the Office of the Chancellor and a 2021 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award from Stan State’s Division of Student Affairs. Her successes in ethnic studies includes an emphasis on working with indigenous populations. Further, she has three IRB-approved research projects that all involve teaching in her courses including, “Ancestral Computing for Sustainability” funded by the National Science Foundation and involving four universities nationwide. Additionally,  Dr. Sandoval Moreno mentors a number of student organizations and is active with publications and publishing.