Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences will recognize the achievements of two outstanding faculty members at this spring’s 2018 Professor Laureate Awards: Ernest Chavez, professor in the Department of Psychology and Deborah Garrity, professor in the Department of Biology. The event will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23 in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom.
The ceremony is open to the public and will include a lecture from Chavez. He celebrated his 40th year at CSU in 2017 and specializes in the assessment of ethnic and minority issues, substance use, adolescent issues and educational outcomes.
Chavez’s laureate lecture, “Expectativas de los Sueños (The Expectations of Dreams),” will explore the importance of cultural backgrounds in both learning and teaching, as well as the critical role of faculty as student mentors.
Garrity will present her laureate lecture at the College of Natural Sciences Teaching & Mentoring Awards Ceremony this fall. She serves as the director for CSU’s Center for Cardiovascular Research and focuses on the genes and mechanisms required for the formation of the embryonic heart.
“Ernie and Debbie are two truly stellar members of our college’s faculty,” said Jan Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences. “Their respective commitments in the lab, classroom and campus community make them exemplars in their fields, and we are pleased to be able to recognize them as Professor Laureates of the college.”
The Professor Laureate Award is the college’s highest academic honor, bestowed upon dedicated faculty with outstanding contributions to the missions of research, teaching, mentoring and outreach. The designation is intended to honor recipients and to provide the college with exceptional role models. The title is held for three years and includes an honorarium and two years of research funding.
The award ceremony and lecture will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, click here.