Every year, the Alumni Association honors faculty who excel in the classroom, laboratory and in the field. This year, 32 faculty members received recognition during an awards ceremony designed to celebrate faculty dedication to NC State’s core values—teaching, research and extension.

During the last 40 years, the Alumni Association has developed its faculty awards program into one of the most prestigious in the country. In 2017, the Association disbursed 32 awards and more than $100,000 in recognition of NC State’s high achieving faculty. Faculty are nominated by their colleges and selected by a committee.

The funding support for these awards comes from the North Carolina license plate program. Every time an alumnus or alumna purchases a specialized NC State license plate, a portion of those dollars are returned to NC State to reward faculty. The Alumni Association is proud to use these dollars to honor hardworking faculty who create the ties that bind students to NC State for a lifetime and elicit their unending gratitude for an education that changed their lives.

Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professors 2017
David A. Crouse 1990, 1993 MS, 1996 PHD | Department of Crop and Soil Sciences | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Michael D. Dickey | Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | College of Engineering
Russell E. Gorga | Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science | College of Textiles
Larry A. Nielsen | Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources | College of Natural Resources
Shannon P. Phillips | Department of Animal Science | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Roger D. Woodard | Department of Statistics | College of Sciences

Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professors 2017

Anthony T. Blikslager 1997 DVM | Department of Clinical Sciences | College of Veterinary Medicine
Gregory N. Parsons 1990 PHD | Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | College of Engineering
Alyssa N. Rockenbach | Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development | College of Education
David A. Shultz | Department of Chemistry | College of Sciences

Alumni Association Outstanding Research Awards 2017
Kenneth B. Adler | Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences |College of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah L. Desmarais | Department of Psychology | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Harold S. Freeman 1978 MS, 1981 PHD | Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science | College of Textiles
S. Tom Gower 1983 MS | Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources | College of Natural Resources
Robert B. Handfield | Department of Business Management | Poole College of Management
Sharon M. Joines 1992, 1994 MS, 2002 PHD | Department of Industrial Design | College of Design
S. Thomas Parker | Department of History | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
J. Wayne Place 1975 MR | School of Architecture | College of Design
Erin O. Sills | Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources | College of Natural Resources
Munindar P. Singh | Department of Computer Science-Engineering | College of Engineering
Robert C. Smart | Department of Biological Sciences | College of Sciences
Alyson G. Wilson | Department of Statistics | College of Sciences

Alumni Association Outstanding Extension and Outreach Awards 2017
Jeffrey A. Joines 1990, 1993 MS, 1996 PHD | Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science | College of Textiles
Jesse S. Jur 2007 PHD | Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science | College of Textiles

Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Awards 2017

Chris M. Anson | Department of English | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Belle M. Boggs | Department of English | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Marian-Elizabeth Gardner 1982 MS, 1987 PHD | Department of Biological Sciences | College of Sciences
Joanna Greer Koch | Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences | College of Education
W. Jason Miller | Department of English | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Annette C. Moore 2013 PHD | Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management |College of Natural Resources
Justin B. Post 2009 MR, 2012 PHD | Department of Statistics | College of Sciences
Katherine R. Saul | Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | College of Engineering

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