Highly-accomplished faculty

November 23, 2015

Fellows and scholars among those educating the next generation within NDUS

It’s said that excellence is its own reward. That may be true, but for some faculty throughout the North Dakota University System, excellence has awarded them in other ways, as well. In the past year, several educators throughout the system’s 11 colleges and universities have been named fellows and scholars.
The honors are distinguished ways for professors to have their work recognized, and to help bolster the academic experiences that they’re bringing to their respective schools, and to their students. While only five are featured here, many more have been honored throughout the system.
Here are a few of their accomplishments.

Aaron Kingsbury, Mayville State University, Political Science
Aaron Kingsbury was selected earlier this year for Taiwan Research Fellowship, which became fully funded during this past summer when he traveled to Taiwan to conduct an extensive cross-cultural comparative study of the last few centuries of Taiwanese and Japanese viticulture and winemaking.
Kingsbury will be hosted by National Taiwan University during his fellowship, which is the main foreign research fellowship of the national government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is awarded by their Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The purpose of the fellowship is to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan.
For more, read here.

Ryan Stander, Minot State University, Arts
Ryan Stander was selected for one of the North Dakota Council on the Arts Artist Fellowships this year. The NDCA sponsors the artist fellowship in three-year cycles rotating among visual artists, musicians and writing. This year, Stander, of Minot, and Guillermo “Memo” Guardia of Grand Forks, were the honored recipients.
According to Stander, the accompanying grant will help him revive a series of work he set aside after my second year of graduate school for other projects.
“My plans are to rework the alternative photo processes on wood and other substrates as a way of transition from one body of work, into another,” he said. “At the time in grad school the work had some good successes, but since then it has largely been dormant. The fellowship will allow me to pick up these experiments and expand upon them. As a requirement of the fellowship, the work will be made public through exhibits and such in multiple parts of the state in the coming years.
“I am so thankful to NDCA for their commitment and generosity toward artists in general, but also to me in particular for seeing the potential of this work,” he added.
For more, read here.

Patrick Carr, North Dakota State University, Agronomy
Patrick Carr was named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy this year. He was recognized during the society’s international annual meeting earlier this month in Minneapolis.
The honor is one of the highest that the society can bestow. Members nominate colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only point-three percent of the organization’s active and emeritus members may be selected for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.
Carr directs conventional conservation tillage and organic research programs at the Dickinson center. His responsibilities include developing energy- and resource-efficient crop and integrated crop-livestock systems that are economically and environmentally sustainable. He was the first NDSU researcher to have a formal program focused on organic farming methods.
For more, read here.

Richard Shafer, University of North Dakota, Journalism
Jill Shafer, University of North Dakota, English
Richard and Jill Shafer were each named as Fulbright fellows this year at the University of North Dakota. For Richard, it was another of “7 or 8” Fulbright fellowships he’s received. For Jill, it’s her first.
Richard teaches journalism in the UND Communication Program while Jill heads up the graduate English Learner Education Program. As part of the fellowship, the two reported to the University of Rwanda in the capital city of Kigali in early October. They will each be conducting research throughout the country for up to nine months.
The Shafers began the application processa bout two years ago among options such as Rwanda, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
“UND has always been generous and supportive,” Richard said. “The University is pretty encouraging when it comes to flying the UND flag around the world – it’s built into our academic culture.”
For more, read here.