Current Faculty Award Recipients

Save the Date(s)!

Outstanding ProfessorStephen CunhaOctober 4, 20175:00 - 7:00pmVan Duzer Theatre
Excellence in Teaching - LecturerMelinda MyersNovember 14, 20175:00 - 7:00 pmVan Duzer Theatre

Distinguished faculty award recipients are nominated by their colleagues or students.  The nominations that meet eligibility criteria specified for the award are then reviewed by a committee of previous award winners. 

Professor Stephen Cunha, Department of Geography, Outstanding Professor Award recipient uses his passion for geography to help students analyze the challenges to sustaining Earth’s diverse natural and human systems. His rousing lectures in demanding introductory and upper-level courses incorporate photographs, blowguns, glacial flour, and myriad other elements from far away lands. His scholarship and creative works empower students at every level. A former student writes, “Your pictures and narrative changed my perception of human beings and turned me into a compassionate person.”  UC Davis Professor Jack Ives states, “I think the most effective way to categorize Stephen‘s remarkable and many-sided career is for me to designate him as the latter day successor to Alexander von Humboldt himself. I know of no single person who can claim so many aspects of teaching, research, advising, contribution to environmental issues, su pport of minority mountain peoples, and the progress of society at large. The breadth and depth of his contributions is inspiring.”


Melinda Myers, Department of Psychology, Excellence in Teaching Award—Lecturer recipient, is recognized as a leading teacher in the field of psychology by faculty, students, and the broader community. Melinda is known for the rigor and accessibility that she has offered through her courses for more than 20 years. As a third generation HSU graduate, she reaches students in unique ways and is well known for her ability to convey critical thinking skills. Throughout her career, Melinda has consistently received outstanding evaluations from her students and is frequently sought out by new faculty as a mentor. Melinda is eager to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and was a major collaborator in establishing HSU’s Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies program and the Queer Studies minor. Among Melinda’s many achievements has been reducing the achievement gap for students from traditionally underrepresented groups in Introduction to Psychology, which has an enrollment of up to 200 students at a time.

Stephen and Melinda will deliver special lectures as part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series during the 2017-18 academic year. Please watch for announcements for these events!