Excellence and Originality

Faculty recognized for efforts in research, creative activity

Four East Carolina University faculty members received Achievement for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity awards in March. The awards recognize originality and excellence in research and creative activities as evidenced by sustained high quality work at the university.

Walter J. Pories, professor of surgery at the Brody School of Medicine, and Jamie Brown Kruse, professor of economics in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, received lifetime achievement awards.

Craig E. Landry, associate professor of economics in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and Guili Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, received five-year achievement awards. These recipients are recognized for their achievements during five years of continuous service at ECU.

Deirdre Mageean, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, selected the awardees upon recommendation by the Faculty Senate Academic Awards Committee. All recipients were nominated by their peers.

Read more about the winners by clicking on the links below:

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Career of Discovery

Walter J. Pories
Professor of surgery
Brody School of Medicine

Pories, 82, is a professor of surgery, biochemistry and sport and exercise science at ECU. He joined ECU in 1977 as chair of the Department of Surgery at the university’s medical school, which had just begun its four-year program.Read more…
Advancing the science

Jamie Brown Kruse
Professor of economics
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jamie Kruse is recognized for her research in economics and decision- making under uncertainty especially as it relates to natural hazards. Kruse is founding director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research at ECU.Read more….

Five-year Achievement Awards
Gaining a better understanding
Craig E. Landry
Associate professor of economics
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
A faculty member at ECU since 2004, Craig Landy’s research focuses primarily on environmental and natural resource economics, non-market valuation, experimental economics, and coastal resource management.Read more…
Bringing better results
Guili Zhang
Assistant professor in curriculum and instruction
College of Education
As educators in many settings face budget cuts and reductions in force, it’s important to know what academic programs and tactics are most effective. ECU associate professor Guili Zhang is at the forefront at assembling the nuts and bolts of how to measure that in an accurate way.Read more…

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