WestConn professors honored by Connecticut State University system

DANBURY, CONN. — Two professors from Western Connecticut State University were honored recently for their outstanding work in their academic fields by the Connecticut State University system and its Board of Trustees.

Eight faculty members from the system’s four universities — Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State University — received awards on April 8 and two of the eight honorees received additional recognition as a system-level award recipient, one of them WCSU Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Theodora Pinou.

Pinou was selected as the recipient of the Norton Mezvinsky Trustees Research award at both the system and university level. Associate Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Kathryn Campbell received the Trustees Teaching at the university level. A Wilton resident, Pinou is recognized for her scholarly work in ecology and the evolutionary development of vertebrates. She is widely respected for her teaching and for engaging and inspiring students, colleagues and others in scientific research and forging international collaborations. She has published extensively in scientific journals and exemplifies that the creation of knowledge and teaching are intricately related and can be shared with expanding audiences.

“I am honored that my colleagues thought enough of my work to select me as an exemplary researcher, and I am humbled by this award because it’s about them more than me,” Pinou said. “It really represents the trust that WestConn administrators had in my work when they provided opportunities for me to conduct my research, and the success that WestConn students can achieve when they are able to become passionate and confident about their interests.”

Campbell, also of Wilton, is widely regarded as an exemplary faculty member in the university community for her consistently high standards, guiding support of students and adherence to the principles of critical thinking and scholarly work. She is a recognized champion in the use of student learning assessment for educational improvement and incorporating that into the unit’s national accreditation process, which she has coordinated.

“I am honored because this award is based on recommendations of the students, colleagues, and administrators with whom I have been working for many years, and it is the result of a peer-review process,” Campbell said. “It is wonderful to have my work acknowledged in such a public forum by people who are important to me in my professional life.”

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