Daniel Holland, chair of the Department of Physics, has been named the Outstanding University Service Award winner. He will be honored at the annual Founders Day Convocation at 2 p.m. February 16, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.
Holland, a professor of physics, joined Illinois State University in 1993. His professional service philosophy stems from his strong belief in shared governance which he believes has been instrumental in the great strides the University has made in the past two decades. He believes that as faculty members progress from pre-tenure to tenured senior faculty, they should strive to take on leadership roles at the University and in their professional organizations. According to President Emeritus Al Bowman, “Holland’s extensive service record serves as a template for the consummate university citizen.”
Within his department, Holland serves as department chair, has served on the Department Faculty Status Committee, the Proposal Review Committee, as a GRE advisor, as an advisor to the student Physics Club, and is chair of the Curriculum Committee. At the college level, he has served on the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Proposal Review Committee, the CAS Strategic Planning Committee, Solar Car Team advisor, and on governance committees. At the University level, he served 15 years on the Academic Senate—seven of those years as chair. He has served on the Educating Illinois Task Force, the Data Stewardship Council, the Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Committee, and the Capital Planning Committee. He served as chair of the Council of Illinois University Senates from 2009 until 2014. Outside the University, Holland has served on several review panels for NASA, as a session chair for American Geophysical meetings, and has served as a reader and question writer for AP Physics exams.
According to CAS Dean Greg Simpson, “Holland is tireless in service to his department, college, and University, as well as the greater community.” Simpson also emphasized Holland’s public service through education and outreach programs such as “Dr. Dan the Science Man.”