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University service award recipients named

Professor of Biology Laura Vogel has been named the recipient of the Outstanding University Service Award, and Assistant Professor of Art Lea Cline and Assistant Professor of Psychology Eric Wesselmann have been named the recipients of Service Initiative Awards. All three were honored at the Founders Day Convocation on Febrary 18.

Joining the faculty in 1999, Vogel is currently the associate director of the School of Biological Sciences.

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Laura Vogel

Vogel is an active proponent of shared governance. According to Director of the School of Biological Sciences Craig Gatto, “her commitment to professional service is based on her efforts (shared with College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the University’s strategic plans) to raise the status of ISU.”

She chaired two department chair search committees; has been a CAS administrative fellow; a Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Fellow (CeMaST); and currently serves on the CAS Strategic Planning Committee and the CAS Teaching Awards Committee. She has also served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee since 2004, serving as chair since 2010; is a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee; and served on the Academic Planning Committee.

Vogel sat on the committee of 46 Ph.D. and master’s theses students, and has served as faculty advisor for the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honorary Society.

Outside the University, Vogel has served on National Institutes of Health grant-review teams, served as a manuscript reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed research journals, and was the director of research exchanges for the NSF Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology Steering Committee.

She also participates in many community and public service activities, such as leading workshops for Expanding Your Horizons and presenting at the Senior Professionals’ Mornings with the Professors program.

Cline joined Illinois State University in 2012 as an assistant professor of art history in the School of Art.

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Lea Cline

Within the school, Cline chaired the College Curriculum Committee, served on the College of Fine Arts (CFA) dean’s search committee, and served on the five-year review committee for retired Dean James Major. Cline aided art recruitment activities by coordinating the school’s first all-day, open house for prospective students, allowing these students to meet faculty and visit studios on campus.

Cline established a study abroad program to Italy in partnership with Professor of History Kathryn Jasper. Thus far, 40 students have traveled to Europe on this program. Cline has also been heavily involved with colleagues from the College of Arts and Sciences in the creation of an interdisciplinary studies program in European Studies.

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Eric Wesselmann

Wesselmann’03, ’05, joined Illinois State faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Within the department, he has chaired the Research Participant System Committee, served as a representative on the Institutional Review Board, and served on the Research and Resources Committees. At the University level, he has been a residence hall floor mentor, served as co-advisor for the Side-by-Side registered student organization, and served on the Online Survey Software Business Case Working Group.

Wesselmann’s research focus on ostracism has been extremely well received. He has reviewed over 125 journal articles for 53 different journals. He is currently serving as the co-chair of the program committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality). He has also organized multiple pre-conference meetings for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

In his three years at the University, Wesselmann has supervised 20 undergraduate research experiences, three honor’s theses, and five graduate independent studies courses. He has also served as chair on six thesis committees, served as co-chair on a dissertation committee and has been a committee member on three more. He also frequently mentors students and publishes with them. Wesselmann has published 13 papers with a total of 17 student co-authors, given 32 conference presentations with 48 student co-authors, and has sponsored 30 student posters at the Research Symposium.

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