Academic Affairs

Faculty Award Recipient Lectures

Save the Date(s)!
Date Time Location Award Professor
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:00 - 7:00pm Van Duzer Theatre Scholar of the Year Professor Sing Chew
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:00 - 7:00pm Van Duzer Theatre Excellence in Teaching Professor Dan Aldag
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm Van Duzer Theatre Excellence in Teaching Professor Kathleen Doty
Monday, April 7, 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm Van Duzer Theatre Outstanding Professor Professor Mark Colwell


Professor Mark Colwell, Department of Wildlife / Humboldt State University 

“...Teaching in the natural environment that is Humboldt County makes it easy to get students into the field where they can learn through "hands on" experiences!” 

Professor Mark Colwell, a Professor in Humboldt State University’s Department of Wildlife since 1989, is known throughout the department for sharing his passion for science and ecology. Using Humboldt Bay as his research laboratory, Colwell takes advantage of the bay’s location along the Pacific flyway to study the ecology of migrant water birds, and shorebirds in particular. Colwell has conducted long-term population monitoring and conservation and management of the Western Snowy Plover. He also has examined the dynamics of roosting sandpipers, which winter on Humboldt Bay. The author of more than 75 academic papers, Colwell was a Fulbright Fellow to Russia in 1995, the 2007 Humboldt State Outstanding Scholar of the Year, and in 2010 he published the critically acclaimed book, Shorebird Ecology, Conservation and Management.


Professor Sing Chew, Department of Sociology / Humboldt State University

"It is such a high to be able to contribute to our understanding of the global environmental crisis with my dedicated graduate students."

Professor Sing Chew

In 2008, Professor Sing Chew published Ecological Futures: What History Can Teach Us, completing a trilogy of books exploring ecological degradation and what Chew calls the “recurring dark ages” that have prompted major changes in the world system. 

Chew joined Humboldt State in 1990 and developed his theoretical model of recurring dark ages, which he has applied to periods of socioeconomic change worldwide to examine the nature and causes of world transformations. His studies have included globalization’s impact on world migration, urban shrinkage and citizenship.

When not teaching at Humboldt State, Chew travels to Germany to work with students at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and edits Nature + Culture, an academic journal examining human communities and their relationships with nature.


Dan Aldag, Department of Music / Humboldt State University

“I don't think of my job as teaching music. I'm trying to help my students learn how they can teach themselves.”

Professor Dan Aldag

A lecturer in the music department, Dan Aldag is recognized for exceptional work with jazz ensembles, consistently high teaching scores and high standards. He has served HSU for nearly two decades and in the past five years has taught 26 different courses, ranging from large lecture general education to small activity courses.

Aldag leads HSU's Jazz Orchestra and AM Jazz Band, coaches the jazz combos, teaches trombone and euphonium and courses in jazz and popular music.

Students praise his passion, dedication, clarity and willingness to help, all of which were key in identifying Aldag as a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award for the 2012/2013 academic year.



Professor Kathleen Doty, Department of English, Humboldt State University

“I hope to inspire in students a passion for understanding both the power and beauty of language.”

Professor Kathleen Doty

Professor Kathleen Doty has been called by many of her students “the most influential professor they had during their college education.” Doty teaches the politics of language and its impact on everyday life. She can often be found participating in thought-provoking extracurricular activities like Humboldt State’s International Education Week.

Most recently, Doty published a chapter, "Courtroom Discourse," in the Handbook of Pragmatics: Historical Pragmatics, a multi-volume reference work that surveys the field of pragmatics.  Doty brings her scholarly 

research into her classes whenever possible, especially her work on the language of the Salem witchcraft trials, the linguistic analysis of literary texts, and the changing nature of English across the globe.

Doty’s commitment and talent for presenting difficult material in linguistics and rhetoric contributed to Humboldt State University bestowing upon her the Excellence in Teaching award for the 2012/2013 academic year.

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