Three distinguished faculty members honored

The Faculty Honors and Awards Committee honored three tenured faculty members for their excellence in scholarship, service and teaching during today's Commencement ceremony.

The Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes research and scholarly publication, went to Professor of Kinesiology David Anderson. The Excellence in Service Award, which acknowledges leadership in addressing important issues, went to Professor and Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers. The Academic Senate sponsors both awards, which each come with a $4,000 stipend. The Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation, recognizes teaching effectiveness and was given to Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Martin Gonzalez. It comes with a $5,000 stipend.

Read more about each faculty award recipient below.


Excellence in Professional Achievement Award - David Anderson,

A photo of Professor of Kinesiology David Anderson. Since coming to SF State in 1995, Professor of Kinesiology David Anderson has amassed an exemplary record of professional accomplishments in the area of learning and development. His groundbreaking research on the control of movement and its relation to psychological development has revolutionized thinking about infant mobility and received national and international acclaim. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, co-authored a textbook on motor learning and control, presented more than 100 papers at national and international conferences and secured more than $4 million in external grant funding. For his outstanding research and intellectual leadership, he was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2012.


Excellence in Service Award - Anita Silvers,

A photo of Professor and Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers.Professor and Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers has spent much of her more than four-decade-long career fighting to ensure equal access for all to higher education and other institutions. During the 1970s, she organized a statewide campaign that prompted California State University compliance with new federal disability access laws. She has served on dozens of academic and professional committees, including the National Council on the Humanities, the San Francisco General Hospital Ethics Committee and as a consultant to the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. In 2009, she was awarded the Quinn Prize for Contributions to Philosophy from the American Philosophical Association in recognition of her service and scholarship. This year, she was awarded the inaugural Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution from the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association.


Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award - Martin Gonzalez,

A photo of Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Martin Gonzalez.Arriving at SF State in 1996, Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Martin Gonzalez has developed 12 courses that have become cornerstones of the BECA program and have influenced electronic media curricula worldwide.  These courses include a groundbreaking sports reporting class taught in partnership with the Oakland Athletics.  A class on electronic media ethics prepares students to navigate new complexities caused by the use of evolving technology.  He advises a student newscast seen throughout the Bay Area, and many of his students have gone on to professional broadcasting careers. For his contributions to electronic media journalism, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 2011.


-- Jonathan Morales