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Video: Faculty who excel at research, teaching and service

Annually, the University honors faculty members for exemplary work in research, teaching and service.

Immediately below is a video that profiles our most recent honorees and includes introductions from President Luis Proenza, Provost Mike Sherman and George Newkome, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School.

The video profiles:

  • Aigbe Akhigbe, professor of finance;
  • Tom Beck, general manager of WZIP-FM;
  • Carolyn Behrman, associate professor of anthropology and classical studies;
  • Lance Svehla, associate professor of English; and
  • Shi-Qing Wang, professor of polymer science.

Lower on the page are more complete video profiles of each honoree, with comments from nominators.

Overview: Faculty honorees for 2011

Outstanding researcher Aigbe Akhigbe

Outstanding service: Tom Beck

Outstanding teacher: Carolyn Behrman

Outstanding researcher: Shi-Qing Wang

Outstanding teacher: Lance Svehla


Sidebar: Our national rankings

Because of the efforts of faculty and staff, the University has several noteworthy national and international achievements:

  • The Princeton Review listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region.
  • Akron is among the top 20 percent of U.S. universities conferring doctorate degrees in chemistry.
  • In 2009, U.S News & World Report ranked UA's graduate industrial/organizational psychology program among the nation’s top 10.
  • BusinessWeek magazine ranked UA's College of Business Administration among the nation’s top 100 undergraduate business schools in 2009 and 2010, and currently places it at No. 1 in Ohio for return on tuition dollars after graduation. Our part-time MBA program is ranked No. 34 in the nation, ahead of Ohio State and Case Western Reserve University.
  • The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is home to the world’s largest polymer academic program and greatest concentration of polymer expertise — helping to establish Northeast Ohio as an advanced functional materials hub that competes on the world stage in the development and commercialization of materials for many industries.
  • UA's College of Engineering is the fastest-growing engineering program in Ohio and fourth in the nation, according to a review of the nation's top 150 schools by the American Society for Engineering Education.
  • Research and grant funding to The University of Akron increased 60 percent in the past decade.
  • The College of Business Administration's graduate program has been recognized in The Princeton Review's Best Business Schools for the past six years. Its part-time MBA program was recently named by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as No. 1 in Northeast Ohio.

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