Nancy Broshot, associate professor of biology, was named Edith Green Distinguished Professor. Janet Peterson, associate professor of Health, Human Performance, and Athletics, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award.
Broshot, who has been at Linfield since 1984, is chair of the health sciences program and a member of the Portland liberal arts faculty. She holds a B. S., an M.S. and a Ph.D. in environmental science, all from Portland State University. During her tenure at Linfield, Broshot has reached out to students by involving them in research and fieldwork. She maintains a passionate environmentalist ethic as a scholar and educator. Her ongoing research in urban natural environments like Portland's Forest Park is a model of the reach of academic inquiry beyond the campus itself and into the life of the community encompassing it.
The Edith Green Distinguished Professor award is made annually to a Linfield faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching and related faculty roles. The professorship is held by the recipient for one year. It is named for the late Edith Green, a former Oregon congresswoman and Linfield trustee.
Since joining the Linfield faculty in 2003, Peterson has revitalized the exercise science curriculum, assumed responsibility for instruction in nutrition, and taken on the Outdoor Environmental Studies class taught during January Term. She is an influential advisor and a committed mentor. In addition, she maintains an extensive research agenda which includes a number of student collaborative projects. She earned a B.S. in biology at the University of Southern California, an M.A. in kinesiology and exercise physiology from California State University and a Ph.D. in Public Health and Preventative Care at Loma Linda University.
The Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award is given to a faculty member who has accomplished during a particular year some outstanding achievement, beyond his or her regular duties, that is worthy of special recognition. That accomplishment might involve research, publication or some other special academic or civic achievement. The award is named for the late Samuel H. Graf, former Linfield trustee and a recipient of an honorary degree from Linfield in 1959.