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Faculty members received awards for their outstanding achievements at the 2018 University Conference and at a McKay School event

McKay School faculty are making things happen. Seven faculty members were recognized for their achievements at the 2018 University Conference, at the McKay School level, and by the University of Utah.

Each year faculty and staff are recognized by the university for their achievements. For the 2018 University Conference, a theme of harmony was emphasized with a powerful verse from Mosiah 18:21 which reads, “Having their hearts knit together in unity and love one towards another.”

Among the many hearts gathered on August 27, 2018, in the Marriott Center were three McKay School faculty: Christopher Dromey, Charles Graham, and Janae Oveson. Their achievement awards are listed below.

2018 University Conference

University Professorship Award

Christopher Dromey

Christopher D. Dromey, PhD | Communication Disorders

This award encourages and acknowledges senior faculty members who are outstanding scholars, teachers, and university citizens. It may specifically recognize excellence in scholarship and creative work or reward superior classroom teaching.

Dromey is a rare researcher who has integrated the physiologic, kinematic, acoustic, and perceptual aspects of speech production into his work. He has mentored many students and published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles with student coauthors. Dromey is a superb teacher who excels in both large undergraduate courses and small graduate seminars.

Steven M. Rose Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship

Charles R. Graham, PhD | Instructional Psychology and TechnologyCharles Graham

This fellowship recognizes the sacrifice and effort by the university’s support services in providing a transfer of positions and budget funds to enhance teaching and learning.

Graham is currently chair of the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. He previously served as an associate dean in the McKay School of Education.

Since 2005, Graham has chaired 16 PhD committees and 18 MS committees, and has coauthored 69 publications with 105 students. He is often sought after as a consultant on blended learning.

Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award

Janae J. Oveson, MS | Teacher EducationJanae Oveson

This award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or in other professional responsibilities over a period of at least five years.

For Oveson, teaching is not only a service but a contribution to society as she prepares her students to teach and mentor in K–6 social studies classrooms. Oveson connects theory and practice to make content relevant and applicable. Students consistently report that her courses are among the most helpful and enjoyable and her genuine care for them is apparent.

McKay School Awards

Nancy Peery Marriott Awards

At the same time that the university awards are given, the McKay School also acknowledges outstanding faculty through the Nancy Peery Marriott Awards.

Ross Larsen

Ross Larsen, PhD, an assistant professor in the Instructional Psychology and Technology Department, was given the Outstanding Teacher Award. Larsen received his undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics at BYU. He furthered his education by receiving a doctorate in educational psychology with an emphasis on research and measurement at Texas A&M. He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher and researcher scientist at the University of Virginia and as an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Paul CaldarellaPaul Caldarella, PhD, director of the Brigham Young University Positive Behavior Support Initiative and associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, received the Outstanding Scholar Award. Caldarella is a licensed psychologist who teaches graduate courses primarily in the area of school psychology. His research and scholarly activities have related mostly to the areas of positive behavior support and social-emotional learning interventions in public schools. He also focuses on screening and targeted interventions for at-risk students.

David McPhersonDavid McPherson, PhD, professor in the Communication Disorders Department, received the Outstanding Mentor Award. McPherson got his bachelor’s degree at BYU, then continued his education with a master’s degree from George Washington University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington. Additionally, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. His research interests include event-related potential studies of language and cognitive function and neurophysiological foundations of sensory development.

Special Recognition

Richard SudweeksRichard Sudweeks was given a “special recognition” by the University of Utah School of Medicine. This recognition comes by way of his consulting work on admissions with Vice Dean for Education Wayne M. Samuelson, MD, and Assistant Dean of Admissions Benjamin R. Chan, MD, from the school.

Writer: Jake Gulisane

Contact: Cindy Glad (801) 422-1922