Two CoSE faculty members were honored with Distinguished Faculty Awards at the final plenary meeting of the Academic Senate on May 8. The awards, given each year since 2007, recognize faculty members who excel in teaching, service and professional achievement as a way of celebrating the University’s climate of excellence.
Kimberly Tanner: Excellence in Teaching Award
Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner arrived at SF State in 2004, founding the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory. Tanner’s focus at SF State has been on the classroom, studying how students learn science and developing methods for improving how science is taught. She says she strives to make science classrooms more “equitable, fair and inclusive of students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives,” a mission fueled in part by her own experience as a first-generation college student.
Along with her pioneering efforts to improve the science of teaching, Tanner has spearheaded faculty development in teaching on a department-wide scale, receiving awards for teaching excellence from both the Society for College Science Teachers and the American Society for Cell Biology.
Tom Parker: Excellence in Professional Achievement Award
Professor of Biology Thomas Parker has spent more than 40 years studying plants from California to Africa, authoring well over 100 papers along the way. His work on seed banks, fire ecology and climate change in tidal wetlands has gained international recognition, and he’s contributed greatly to understanding of the evolution of manzanita plants. The world-class impact of his work has earned him the distinction as a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
Along with his excellence as a researcher, he’s trained 55 master’s students since arriving at SF State in 1980.