Four Linfield College faculty members were honored recently for scholarly achievement, contributions to the life of the college beyond regular duties, international scholarship and excellence in the classroom.
Recipients were Nick Buccola, associate professor of political science, the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award; Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, the Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award; Mike Jones, Harold C. Elkinton professor of accounting, the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award; and Tanya Tompkins, professor of psychology, the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award.
Buccola is the recipient of the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement. He has three invited book chapters in progress for “The Political Companion to Frederick Douglass,” “The Best Kind of College” and “The Political Companion to James Baldwin.” He also has several articles as well as two book projects underway, “The Conservatism of Fear: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement” and “Prophets of Liberty: The Political Thought of American Abolitionists.”
Cottrell is the recipient of the Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose scholarly activity on an international topic or theme has passed peer review and has been or is slated for publication. Cottrell is engaged in cutting-edge research on a number of international topics and themes. He also has major article-length manuscripts in progress on 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.
Jones 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 1977, Jones is the longest-serving full-time faculty member at the college. Across his career, he has established a record as an excellent teacher, and a caring and committed advisor and mentor. He has an unwavering reputation as a highly dedicated and challenging teacher who cares about students. His connection with students begins before they arrive as freshmen at Linfield and continues long after they graduate, impacting the lives of thousands of Linfield alumni.
Tompkins 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. She is described as a remarkable teacher, scholar and servant to the community and college. In addition to teaching, Tompkins has engaged more than 20 students in collaborative research in the past two years. She also initiated a psychology brown bag program called REAP, Research Experience in Psychology, to showcase student research. Tompkins’ research has led to numerous publications and presentations in four areas including co-rumination, suicide prevention, interventions to reduce prejudice and knowledge about prescription privileges for Oregon psychologists. She also participates in the community, serving on a school board, a suicide prevention coalition, and a board that supports the well-being of local children and families.