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Celebrate! Colorado State award winners announced

By Jennifer Dimas, as appearing in SOURCE

Each year, Colorado State University celebrates the teaching, research and service achievements of CSU students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals and classified staff.

This year, liberal arts faculty and staff took home a variety of awards for their service and commitment to CSU. Read more about the award recipients below.

Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award


Lori Peek, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, has won this year’s Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

“Dr. Lori Peek has established herself as one of the most hard-working, dedicated and distinguished professors on the Colorado State University campus,” wrote her nominators in the department, Associate Professor Jack Brouillette and doctoral student Meghan Mordy. “The numerical evaluations of her teaching and courses are among the highest of any professor on the university campus. In addition, the quality of the written evaluations that she receives are unparalleled.”

Peek, co-director of CSU’s Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, teaches courses on contemporary race and ethnic relations, the sociology of disasters and qualitative research methods.

“Regardless of whether she is teaching incoming first-year students or advanced doctoral students, she engages the students in and out of the classroom in innovative activities and learning opportunities,” Department Chair Michael Carolan wrote in his nomination letter.

She is one of the top-rated CSU instructors on the online system CSU students use to rate their professors. More than half of the student comments submitted after her fall 2014 and spring 2015 race relations course described Peek as their “favorite” or the “best” teacher they’ve had at CSU. Many said memorizes every student’s name, even when enrollment exceeds 100.

“Lori continues to impress me with her knowledge of the subjects she teaches, and her passion for students and her willingness to help,” one student wrote. “Lori is by far the most influential professor I have had in my academic career.”

Peek has received numerous teaching honors from the college and university. She served the College of Liberal Arts as the Master Teacher Coordinator at CSU, was named an Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) fellow and chaired the Teaching and Mentoring Committee for the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. Peek established a student-alumni network for the department, chairs the departmental student awards committee and advises the department’s honor society.

“I was fortunate to have been raised by parents who encouraged me to read and to have had teachers who pushed me to love learning,” Peek said. “Being a teacher is a privilege that I never take for granted.”

Margaret B. Hazaleus Award

The Hazaleus awards were started in 1997 to honor individuals for long-term efforts to enhance the opportunities and the campus environment for women.



Keri Canada
Department of Anthropology






Monica Rivera
Women & Gender Advocacy Center




Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement over a five-year period by full-time members of the academic faculty; established as a tribute to Professor Pennock, who served as a distinguished professor of Civil Engineering in the 1920s.



Irene Vernon
Ethnic Studies




Jack E. Cermak Advising Award

Endowed in 1984 to honor excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills that lead to beneficial advising relationships; and contributions to the improvement of advising services and/or the appreciation of academic advising throughout the campus.



Leslee Becker




Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Award

Honors a Colorado State University faculty member who demonstrates an innovative contribution to service-learning curriculum development and/or community outreach.



Elizabeth Sink
Communication Studies