Recipients were Peter Richardson, professor of German, Edith Green Distinguished Professorship; Jennifer Linder, assistant professor of psychology, Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award; and Brian Winkenweder, assistant professor of art and visual culture, Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award.
Richardson earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, a master's from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Yale. He arrived at Linfield in 1980 and helped bring the modern languages program into its current form. He's been an instrumental part of the development of Linfield's well known international education program, served as a First-Year Colloquium advisor since the program's inception and is a mentor to students and faculty alike. He has spent the last year serving as chair of the college's sesquicentennial committee, which organized a variety of events and celebrations marking Linfield's 150th anniversary. This is the second time he has been named the Edith Green Professor, first earning the honor in 1987.
"Peter Richardson has earned this honor by virtue of his lifelong devotion to educating the whole student, both inside and outside the classroom," wrote the awards committee that prepared the commendation.
The Edith Green award is given to a senior faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in the classroom and who contributes in important ways to the intellectual growth and academic success of students.
Linder received her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Minnesota. She came to Linfield in 2002 and has pursued a busy agenda of research and publication in the field of developmental psychology, often through collaboration with her students. Linder has also shared her expertise with the McMinnville community through parent outreach lectures and workshops on child development, media violence and relational aggression.
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"Our students benefit greatly from her teaching, her research program and her professional standing within the field," according to Barbara Seidman, dean of faculty, who presented the award.
The Graf award is presented annually to a faculty member who, during the preceding year, has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college extending beyond one's regular duties. Those accomplishments might involve noteworthy research or publication recognition, outstanding campus citizenship or professional leadership.
Winkenweder has a B.A. in comparative literature and art history from the University of Washington, two master's degrees in art history and English from the University of Mexico, and a Ph.D. in art history and criticism from Stony Brook University. He joined the Linfield faculty in 2005. In the Department of Art and Visual Culture he ranges widely across the curriculum, delivering the courses that constitute the art history minor as well as providing professional critiques as a team teacher in several studio art classes. The Kelley award was given in recognition of his having just been awarded two separate book contracts. In addition, Winkenweder has seen two major articles into print in respected academic journals in his field and two published in other disciplinary journals. This fall he will present one of the essays at a conference in Lyon, France.
"Nominated by his entire department for being 'on fire' as a scholar, Brian has seen a truly exceptional amount of quality work come to fruition in 2007-08," Seidman said.
The Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award is newly established by the Kelleys, both Linfield alumni. It is to be awarded annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement in the preceding year through publication or pending publication in a peer reviewed academic site.