• CGSC recognizes faculty achievements with awards

  • “Faculty members motivate, inspire and get the most out of our students,” Kem said.

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    Maj. Gen. John S. Kem, provost of Army University and deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, recognized faculty members with writing awards, academic promotions, academic chair appointments and staff group advisor certificates July 6 in the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium in a ceremony that combined annual recognition for faculty accomplishments.
    The faculty is the center of gravity for CGSC, Kem said.
    “Faculty members motivate, inspire and get the most out of our students,” Kem said.
    The Golden Pen Awards recognize faculty members for scholarly writing. The awards are given in three categories. Gold recognizes books or book-length works and is the highest level awarded. Silver is awarded for a chapter of a book, an article, and/or stand-alone monograph that is not part of a degree-awarding program. The bronze award is given for a short article, undocumented article, encyclopedia article, book review, op-ed piece or letter to the editor, or a body of work consisting of no more than five publications.
    Dr. Dan Fullerton, School of Advanced Military Studies, and Dr. Mark M. Hull, Department of Military History, led off the program receiving Gold Pen Awards for their books “Armies in Gray: The Organizational History of the Confederate States Army in the Civil War,” and “Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Imposter.”
    Both said the research required for a book-length project benefited them and their students.
    “My research relates to my duties as an instructor by providing knowledge, which I then use to teach in class, and it comes in handy as a reference for student work on monographs,” Fullerton said.
    Hull added that research and teaching are linked, but not necessarily in the way people think.
    “While there is seldom a one-for-one correlation between the subject of my books and the classroom, a deep-dive into a subject related to what we teach allows me to discover fresh perspectives on the material and incorporate them,” Hull said. “I am better at my job as I know more and can communicate this to the students. It also makes things more fun.”
    “I start with a question that requires a tremendous amount of work and then just go to it,” Fullerton said about how his process begins. “Overall, I wanted to know about strategic risk in the American Civil War, but first had to understand how the Confederacy used its manpower. As a result, I had to write the book so I could then answer the big question; simple and it only took five-plus years.”
    Hull said he looks for a story that interests him, hasn’t been told and has the potential to interest others.
    Page 2 of 4 - “If I can’t manage to entertain myself during the writing process, the odds are against being able to capture anyone else’s fascination when they read,” he said.
    Hull summed up his reasons for research and writing.
    “Exploring ideas, telling stories, being part of the debate — all this matters — otherwise we could and should be replaced by cyborgs who can carry out tasks with minimal imagination,” he said.
    Academic promotions recognize sustained excellence in the four domains of faculty development — teaching, scholarship, faculty development and service. Kem and Dr. James Martin, dean of Academics, presented certificates to faculty members who earned academic promotions during the academic year.
    Dr. Ted A. Thomas, director of the Department of Command and Leadership, was promoted to professor, the highest academic rank. Promotion to professor requires an earned doctorate, successful teaching for typically six years at the associate professor level or higher, a distinguished record of scholarship and a sustained record of faculty development activities. Additionally, candidates must have evidence of continued service to their discipline at the national level.
    “(Academic rank) is a means for rewarding scholarship and recognizing those dedicated to the profession of education,” Thomas said. “Scholarship does not come naturally to most of us and requires a lot of work. Academic rank also helps level the playing field for instructors with those of other universities and colleges. It provides credibility with professors and associate professors from other institutions when we do outreach, collaboration or presentations at conferences.”
    As a department director, Thomas advised new faculty members to “enjoy what you do. Learn about your subject and write about it.”
    “We have an obligation as professionals to contribute to the body of knowledge through literature and scholarship, to put our ideas out for public scrutiny,” he said. “Writing requires that we read, research, synthesize, think critically and become lifelong learners, all of which we want to exemplify for our students. We need to be able to integrate our curriculum and make linkages to student experiences and other parts of their learning.”
    Promotion to the rank of associate professor requires five years of successful teaching experience at the assistant professor level. The faculty member should have a doctorate or master’s degree with sustained outstanding teaching, recognized subject matter expertise and exceptional academic leadership. The candidate must have also demonstrated components of service within his or her discipline characteristic of a senior faculty member. New associate professors are Dr. G. Stephen Lauer, SAMS; Dr. Dale Spurlin, Department of Tactics; and Mark R. Wilcox, Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations.
    The rank of assistant professor requires a master’s degree, a commitment to teaching demonstrated typically by two years of successful teaching at the college level, and practical experience in the discipline of appointment. Joseph G. Krebs Jr., DJIMO, Lt. Col. James B. Love, DJIMO, and Jacob A. Mong, DTAC, were awarded the rank of assistant professor.
    Page 3 of 4 - Two faculty members were appointed as honorary academic chairs. Dr. Thomas G. Bradbeer, DCL, was appointed as the Maj. Gen. Fox Conner Chair for Leadership, and Dr. Thomas E. Ward, II, Department of Logistics and Resource Operations, was appointed as the Lt. Gen. Joseph E. Heiser Jr. Chair of Logistics Studies.
    The final recognition was for staff group advisors. The Staff Group Advisor Service Recognition Program was developed by members of the Command and General Staff School faculty and approved by the deputy commandant. The program highlights the value of selfless service and the critical role of the advisor in the student officers’ professional development during the Command and General Staff Officer Course.
    The staff group advisor is generally the first face students see upon arrival in the classroom and the last face students see as they get handed their diploma after the rigorous academic year.
    The honorees received a certificate recognizing outstanding service as a primary staff group advisor. Staff group advisors who served during multiple academic years are recognized for their “body of work” by displaying all academic years in which he or she performed staff group advisor duties. Certificates are tiered after every four years of staff group advisor service, resulting in bronze, silver, gold and platinum recognition.
    Honorees who received a certificate of recognition for outstanding service as a primary staff group advisor during academic year 2016 were Gregory Cook, DJIMO; James Valentine, DTAC; Scott Martin, DLRO; Gregory Bedrosian, DTAC; Robert LaPreze, DJIMO; Joe Krebs, DJIMO; David Loch, DJIMO; David McCulley, DTAC; and Lt. Col. Jeff Schmidt, DJIMO.
    Bronze certificates of recognition for meritorious service as a primary staff group advisor for four academic years were awarded to Dr. Rich McConnell, DTAC, four years; Ken Miller, DTAC, seven years; Jeffrey Vordermark, DJIMO, five years; Shawn Budke, DJIMO, five years; Michael Burke, DJIMO, four years; Roger Linder, DLRO, four years; Dr. Dale Spurlin, DTAC, four years; Kurt Vandersteen, DJIMO, four years; Ross Brown, DTAC, four years; and Ed Jennings, DTAC, six years.
    Receiving silver certificates were Andy Nocks, DTAC, nine years; Troy Fodness, DTAC, eight years; Larry Turgeon, DJIMO, eight years; Gary Cordes, DTAC, eight years; Jeff Butler, DTAC, nine years; and Dr. Dean Nowowiejski, Office of the Dean of Academics, eight years.
    DTAC faculty members George Hodge and Raun Watson received gold certificates of recognition honoring their 12 academic years of service as primary staff group advisors.
    Thomas Meara, DTAC, was the sole recipient of a platinum certificate in recognition of his 16 years as a staff group advisor.
    The list of Golden Pen awardees are as follows.
    Gold Pen Awards (Books)
    Dr. Mark M. Hull, DMH, “Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Imposter,” University of Oklahoma Press, 2017.
    Page 4 of 4 - Dr. Dan C. Fullerton, SAMS, “Armies in Gray: The Organizational History of the Confederate States Army in the Civil War,” Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
    Silver Pen Awards (Articles)
    Dr. David A. Anderson, DJIMO, “The Tumultuous Recent History of U.S. Stabilization and Reconstruction Efforts: The Way Ahead?” InterAgency Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, Winter 2017. (22nd award)
    Dr. Richard E. Berkebile, DJIMO, “Secession and Jus Ad Bellum,” to be published online by Army University Press, 2017. (fifth award)
    Dr. Steven A. Boylan, DCL, “Developing Organizational Adaptability for Complex Environments,” Journal of Leadership Education, Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2017. (fourth award)
    Dr. Ted A. Thomas and Dr. James H. Thomas, DCL, “Developing a Culture of Questions or Don’t Tell, Do Ask,” InterAgency Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 3, Fall 2016 (eighth and third awards, respectively)
    Dr. Thomas E. Ward II, DLRO, for: “Battalion-Level Execution of Operations for Combined-Arms Maneuver and Wide-Area Security in a Decisive-Action Environment,” ARMOR Magazine, Volume 77, No. 2, April-June 2016. (second award)
    Bronze Pen Awards (Book Reviews, Letters to the Editor, Op-eds, Body of Work, etc.)
    Dr. David A. Anderson, DJIMO, for his body of work featuring two book reviews in the Air Force Research Institute Journal. (19th Award)
    Lt. Col. Thomas E. Goyette, DLRO, for his two articles in Army Sustainment on digital resources for sustainment preparation of the operational environment and the Theater Sustainment Planner Program elective at CGSC.
    Todd H. Guggisberg, DLRO, for his article on peer ratings published in Distance Education Report, Vol. 20, No. 20.
    Lt. Col. Ryan R. King, DLRO, for his articles on cargo data in the DTO/MO Quarterly, and the DLRO in the CGSC Foundation newsletter.
    William L. Knight Jr., DLRO, for his article on digital resources for sustainment preparation of the operational environment in Army Sustainment.
    Dr. Harold A. Laurence, Depart of Distance Education, for his body of work featuring two book reviews in Military Review. (fifth award)
    Rodney S. Morris, DDE, for his body of work featuring three articles focused on financial readiness in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp. (second award)
    Kailah M. Murry, CGSS, for her body of work featuring two book reviews in the Interagency Journal and the American Intelligence Journal.
    Maj. Vincent P Particini, DDE, for his body of work featuring two book reviews in Military Review.
    Dr. Thomas E. Ward II, DLRO, for his body of work featuring three book reviews in Military Review. (second award)
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