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2014 Paul Simon Luncheon

Paul Simon The annual  Paul Simon Luncheon honors the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Awardees, their achievements in research, and the integration of that research into their teaching and mentoring. The award is named for the famed Illinois politician, Paul Simon, who served the state in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 - 1985 and in the U.S. Senate from 1985 - 1997. Senator Simon's commitment to education and democratic participation serves as inspiration for the commitment to excellence in scholarship and mentorship that is embodied in the Paul Simon award.

The 2014 Paul Simon Luncheon will honor the 2013 and 2014 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award Winners.

Presentations will acknowledge the 2014 Awardee Dr. Julie Holt, Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

The 2013 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar, Dr. Andy Pomerantz, Professor in the Department of Psychology, will give an address regarding his experience integrating scholarship with teaching.

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Speech by Dr. Andy Pomerantz

Location: Madison Room/Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

Attendance by invitation only.

About the Award and Awardees

The SIUE Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award is presented to a faculty member in order to recognize the role of interdependence of research/scholarship and teaching. This highly competitive award confirms SIUE's belief that an individual must be a good scholar to be a good teacher. Winners of the Paul Simon award have demonstrated a significant contribution to their area of research or creative activity as well as a true commitment to the integration of that research with their teaching practices.

2013 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar

Dr. Pomerantz receives the award in recognition of his academic accomplishments in clinical psychology, and for his contributions in the instruction of psychology students nationwide. Dr. Pomerantz began his career at SIUE in 1997. Since that time, he has distinguished himself in the field of clinical psychology through 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters and encyclopedia entries, and 2 textbooks. His textbook Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice, and Culture is in its third edition; it has been used broadly by universities in the US and beyond. He has also co-authored with Dr. Karen Goldfinger a text for students and practitioners on psychological assessment and report writing which is currently entering its second edition. Dr. Pomerantz's texts illustrate the fundamental integration of his research into the classroom, and his teaching record shows a passionate commitment to the teaching of theoretical and practical concepts to future psychology professionals. Among his peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 include student co-authors; among his presentations at national conferences, 13 include student co-authors. He has served on over 100 masters' theses committees, 48 of which he chaired, and 2 of which won the SIUE Outstanding Thesis Award. Not only has he authored one of the leading clinical psychology textbooks in the country, former students and colleagues testify that Dr. Pomerantz has an uncanny ability to connect to his students and inspire them to careers as scholars and practicing professionals.


2014 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar

Since joining the SIUE faculty in the year 2000, Dr. Holt has distinguished herself as a scholar of the developmental period of North American history, contributing invaluably to archaeological scholarship of prehistoric Native American societies. In 2009, her article, “Rethinking the Ramey State: Was Cahokia the center of a theater state?” was published in American Antiquity, one of the preeminent journals in the field of archaeology. Then, in 2010, she headed a team of SIUE faculty to gain a National Science Foundation-funded Major Research Instrumentation Grant, which included members of SIUE’s Anthropology, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry departments. Perhaps most of all, Dr. Holt has shown a commitment to the ideals of the Simon Award not only through accomplishments in her field, but also in her approach to teaching and research. For Dr. Holt, these two aspects of the teacher-scholar are inextricably linked, as she has constantly shown in the manner of her publishing, the way she has conducted the SIUE archaeological field school and collaborated with students, especially undergraduates. “My students are my most valued colleagues,” she says.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Julie Holt, the 2014 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award recipient, on her remarkable achievements.


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