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2020 Annual Ranck Prize Awarded to Dr. Susan Mapp
Professor of Social Work
Congratulatory Statement from the Selection Committee
The Committee commended Dr. Mapp on her outstanding record of scholarship, including authorship of four books published by Oxford University Press, six book chapters, and 21 peer-reviewed publications. She has made a significant impact on her field publishing the textbook, Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective: An Introduction to International Social Work, soon to be in its third edition. Dr. Mapp has presented her research internationally and serves as the founding co-editor-chief of the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. The committee noted her scholarship strongly ties into the college's values of social justice and human dignity.
About the Ranck Prize
The Ranck Prize in Research Excellence, is an award that will be presented annually to an Elizabethtown College faculty member in recognition of his/her excellence in research and commitment to his/her field of study. The Award, which has been made possible through the generosity of Dr. Robert O. Kerr '64 and Mary Ann Kerr '64, is named in honor of Dr. John P. Ranck '58, professor of chemistry emeritus, "for his inspirational service to countless students at Elizabethtown College. Nominations may come from the candidate or from other academics from the nominee's field. Consistent with the Boyer model of scholarship, research is considered in the broadest context of understanding and may include publication or presentation of papers; publication of books or other scholarly material; exhibitions of art, theatrical or musical performances' and other items appropriate to the discipline. The recipient of the Ranck Prize will be announced in mid December each year and invited to present an award lecture in the spring that academic year.
2020 Annual Kreider Prize Awarded to Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan
Professor of Political Science
Congratulatory Statement from the Selection Committee
The Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan as this year's recipient of the Kreider Prize for excellence in teaching and advising. Dr. McClellan exemplifies the outstanding faculty-student interaction for which Elizabethtown College is known. Student, alumni, and staff nomination letters all stressed McClellan's passion for his subject matter and commitment to Elizabethtown College students. One writer wrote, "His ability to connect and modernize even the oldest of political history enables students to appreciate and implement material in every situation and prepares us for a life of civic engagement." Another common theme in the nomination letters is McClellan's support for student's professional development. The Committee noted McClellan's 2018 receipt of the Craig L. Brains Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship, a national award from the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association.
About the Kreider Prize
Through the generosity of Thomas Conner '72, professor of history at Hillsdale College, this annual award is made possible and awarded to a current Elizabethtown College faculty member for excellence in teaching and mentoring. The award is named in honor of J. Kenneth Kreider, professor of history emeritus, and Carroll L. Kreider, professor of business emerita, "for their inspirational service to countless students at Elizabethtown College." The Kreiders were not only inspirational in the classroom, but also were powerful mentors and role models.
The 2020 Annual Polanowski Prize was awarded to Dr. Bryan Greenberg
Associate Professor of Marketing
The 2019-2020 Polanowski Prize for Excellence in Faculty-Student Advising and Mentorship recipient is Bryan Greenberg, Associate Professor of Marketing in the College's Business Department. The aware is presented to an Elizabethtown College faculty member to comment and celebrate excellence in advising and mentoring students toward successful graduate school placement and/or careers.
The selection committee noted that Dr. Greenberg’s positive impact on Elizabethtown College students though his mentoring and advising deserves recognition and celebration. Nomination letters praised his care and compassion for students and alumni and devotion to helping students build their professional lives as well as his honest dialog and ability to instill confidence. Many expressed gratitude for helping them apply for jobs or graduate school, prepare for interviews, and network. One student who applied to the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business said, “Dr. Greenberg helped me generate creative ideas for catching the eye of the admissions committee… took it upon himself to call the admissions committee and vouch on my behalf.” In letter after letter, students and alumni credit him directly for landing their desired internship or job. Many nominators describe his “direct truthfulness” and “radical candor” as preparing them for their professional lives. One alum wrote, “Dr. Greenberg above all is real with students. He was straightforward with me about my strengths and weaknesses and it has helped point me in directions that are beneficial to my career.” Another alum states, “His strong, straight-out-of Brooklyn attitude encapsulates his expectations, as he pushes you to be the best student, businessperson and community member you can be.”
"I am honored that I've been chosen for this award, and I'm most thankful to the selection committee as well as all of the students, alumni, and colleagues I've been blessed to have worked with who have made this selection possible." Dr. Bryan Greenberg
About the Polanowski Prize
The Polanowski Prize for Excellence in Advising and Mentorship, which has been made possible through the generosity of Dr. Mary E. Schmidt '79 and Dr. Russell Libby, honors Dr. Frank P. Polanowski, Associate Professor of Biology Emeritus, for his inspirational service to countless students at Elizabethtown College. The Faculty Professional Development Committee and a representative group of current students chose the recipient of the Polanowski Prize from the list of faculty members who where nominated by at least three of the following constituencies: alumni, current students, faculty, and administrators/staff.