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2012 Faculty & Staff News

Faculty honored for superior teaching at Convocation

September 18, 2012

L-R: Dr. Lissa Power de-Fur, Dr. Christopher Gulgas, Dr. Cathy Roy
L-R: Dr. Lissa Power de-Fur, Dr. Christopher Gulgas, Dr. Cathy Roy

Three Longwood University faculty members received awards for superior teaching at Convocation on Sept. 13.

Dr. Lissa Power de-Fur, professor of communicationsciences and disorders (CSDS), coordinator of the graduate CSDS program anddirector of the Longwood Center for Communications, Literacy and Learning, received the Maria Bristow Starke Award for Faculty Excellence; Dr. Cathy Roy, associate professor of exercise science, the Maude Glenn Raiford Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Dr. Christopher Gulgas, assistant professor of chemistry, the Junior Faculty Award.

Gulgas received the John Cook Award from the Cole-Cook College of Arts and Sciences in August 2012. Gulgas is involved in research in which he and students are trying to design special molecules that release light and glow when dissolved in water that contains capsaicinoids, a family of molecules responsible for the heat of chili peppers. He joined the faculty in 2008.

Power-deFur, a speech-language pathologist, came to the university in 2004 as chair of the Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work and Communication Disorders (CSDS). She played a major role in the creation and accreditation of the CSDS graduate program and the LCCLL, which she directs. She has brought more than $1.5 million in grants to the university, including grants that have provided funding for 30 graduate students. She is actively involved in supporting student research and regularly presents or publishes on the role of speech-language pathology in education.

Roy, who coordinates the exercise science program, received the 2009 Student-Faculty Recognition Award. As a guest on National Public Radio's "With Good Reason" program several times, she has presented on the topic of the impact of physical inactivity on obesity. Her current laboratory research focuses on the effects of gender, time of day and menstrual cycle on oxygen uptake kinetics. She joined the faculty in 1999.