Four Linfield College faculty members were honored recently for scholarly achievement, contributions to the life of the college beyond regular duties, excellence in the classroom and creative achievement.
Recipients were Randy Grant, professor of economics, the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award; Lex Runciman, professor of English, the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award; Patrick Cottrell, associate professor of political science, the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award; and Ron Mills de Pinyas, professor of art, the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award.
Grant is the recipient of the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement. He has updated and contributed to leading textbooks in economics. He has also contributed to the breadth of knowledge in the specialized fields of economics of sport and economics pedagogy. With the support of this award, he will focus his upcoming sabbatical on a book about the economics of running.
Runciman is the recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award, recognizing a senior faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in the classroom and has worked creatively to enhance Linfield’s commitment to academic excellence. At Linfield since 1992, Runciman has published textbooks, anthologies and five books of poetry. His most recent work, “One Hour That Morning and Other Poems,” was published this year and his work has appeared widely in magazines. He also reviews books in his blog, The Far Corner Reader. Runciman has actively served Linfield and the wider community in many roles, including leading Linfield’s strategic planning effort.
Cottrell is the recipient of the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. He is engaged in cutting-edge research on a number of international topics, including governance along the Thai-Burmese border, the International Olympic Committee politics of accountability, the European Union, power of sport in international relations, nuclear disarmament and the mine ban treaty. He has served as the principal organizer for two campus-wide initiatives: PLACE (Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement) and the international relations major.
Mills de Pinyas is the recipient of the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award. This newly established award recognizes outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been slated for dissemination. This award is made with the consultation of at least one and up to two outside of the institution. Mills was recognized for longevity and the sustained level of productivity throughout his career at Linfield, in addition to the influence of his work, both nationally and internationally.