ATHENS, Ohio (June 10, 2004) -- Ohio University Zanesville Campus Assistant Professor of Mathematics Pramod Kanwar and Ohio University Lancaster Campus Professor of History Kenneth J. Heineman are the 2004 recipients of the Regional Higher Education (RHE) Outstanding Professor Award.
The award, now in its second year, was created to formally recognize faculty members at Ohio University's five regional campuses who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Each award recipient receives a $3,000 stipend for the next two years.
"Professors Heineman and Kanwar have distinguished records of scholarship, while also maintaining a commitment to excellence in the classroom," said Vice President for Regional Higher Education Charles Bird. "They demonstrate, through their good work, our commitment to undergraduate education in the context of a research university. Both have brought a level of energy and enthusiasm to their teaching, scholarship and service that exemplifies the commitment of our faculty to a growing role for regional campuses at Ohio University."
Heineman was lauded for teaching a variety of history courses all the way up to the graduate level. He is admired for engaging his students through research projects, written assignments and oral presentations. He has served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History Grant Program and has written four books, 19 articles and essays, 23 reviews and given numerous presentations. His most recent book, "Put Your Bodies Upon the Wheels: Student Revolt in the 1960s," was featured on CSPAN's "Book TV." He has received the Philip S. Klein Best Book Award, which earned him an invitation to the Cushwa Lecture at Notre Dame University. Heineman earned a bachelor's degree in history from Michigan State University in 1984 and master's and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and 1990, respectively.
"My achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service were not done in a vacuum," Heineman said. "Beyond my family, I am fortunate to be at a campus where staff, administration and faculty set high standards of professionalism and service to our students and community. It is my great fortune as well to have numerous students eager to learn and grapple with the burdens and blessings of history."
Kanwar is being recognized for his exceptional research and national and international reputation as an elite mathematics scholar. While earning excellent student evaluations for his teaching methods, he has authored nine research articles and given 18 traditional research- and teaching-oriented presentations at regional, national and international conferences. He is praised for encouraging students to use critical thinking skills and for his implementation of the latest teaching technology in his courses. In fact, he helped the campus secure a site license for the computer algebra system, Mathematica, and was instrumental in the acquisition of a $1,500 computer server at no cost. He also was active in securing approval for the graduate program in mathematics for high school teachers and now recruits students for the program. Kanwar earned a doctorate degree in mathematics in 1998 and a master's degree in computer science from Ohio University. He also earned two master's degrees and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Delhi in his native India.
"It is nice to receive such an award," Kanwar said. "This recognition is great for the Zanesville campus. We, like the other regional campuses, serve our communities by providing a high quality education close to home. I must say this recognition goes to all those who provide support and encouragement to allow me to teach and to continue to expand my area of research and scholarship."
The recipients were selected by the RHE Award Selection Committee, which is comprised of one faculty member from each of Ohio University's five regional campuses. Each campus is allowed to nominate one faculty member for the award. Awardees are not eligible to receive the award again for a period of three years.
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