2012 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award Announced: Minnesotans are winner and finalist

Minnesota Campus Compact is pleased to announce that the 2012 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award Winner is Dr. Andrew Furco from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Stephen Philion from St. Cloud State University is one of only 4 finalists!

Dr. Andrew Furco is the associate vice president for Public Engagement and associate professor of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development and a Minnesota Campus Compact board member.  Here is an excerpt from Campus Compact’s press release:

Dr. Heidi Barajas, associate dean for Engagement, Diversity and Undergraduate Programs in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota says of Dr. Furco, “Through his graceful leadership as a teacher, researcher, and administrator, Professor Furco is systematically shifting the academic culture in our college and across the university system to more fully embrace community engagement practices in our teaching, research, and outreach.”

“Professor Furco is himself a remarkable engaged scholar and teacher, but what makes him exceptional is his ability to translate his individual curriculum into a platform for institutional change that transforms universities and colleges across the globe into being fully engaged institutions,” she concludes.

Dr. Stephen Philion is an associate professor of Sociology and the director of the Saint Cloud State University Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota. He completed his book, Workers Democracy and China’s Transition from State Socialism, in 2009.  As the Director of the Saint Cloud State University Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, Dr. Philion has lectured on the social conditions of immigrant workers and is instrumental in organizing the Annual Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota Conference.

Congratulations to both Dr. Furco and Dr. Philion and all the award finalists!

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