May 2, 2019

Board of Governors recognizes faculty scholarly achievements

(Left to right) Claude Pruneau, Chera Kee and Jonathan Flatley were recently honored with the 2019 WSU Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Awards. Also receiving the honor was Hans Hummer and Boris Mordukhovich (not pictured)..

Five Wayne State University professors who have distinguished themselves with significant scholarly achievements were recently honored with the 2019 WSU Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Awards.

The awards are offered annually to full-time faculty members who make outstanding contributions to scholarship and learning. Each recipient receives a citation from the board, an engraved wall plaque and a monetary award.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Jonathan Flatley, professor in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was honored for the publication of Like Andy Warhol (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Like Andy Warhol sets the famous artist’s Pop art against the historical backdrop of post-World War II consumer malaise and the cultural disenchantment of mechanical reproduction in the 1960s. The Board of Governors recognized Flatley for his contributions to Wayne State and the Department of English.
  • Hummer
    Hans Hummer, professor in the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recognized for the publication of Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe (Oxford University Press, 2018). Visions of Kinship elaborates on the various strands of thinking in medieval history, tackling a wide panorama of major philosophical and theological concepts and ideas, and exploring the contradictions and tensions in European socio-political and cultural reality. The Board of Governors honored Hummer for his contributions to Wayne State and the Department of History.
  • Chera Kee, associate professor in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was honored for the publication of Not Your Average Zombie: Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks (University of Texas Press, 2017). Kee’s book looks at the figure of the zombie and the role it has played in American popular culture. As she examines zombies’ cultural roots and connections to Haiti in addition to their more recent permutations in the United States, Kee provides a transnational understanding of their evolution. The Board of Governors recognized Kee for her contributions to Wayne State and the Department of English.
  • Mordukhovich
    Boris Mordukhovich, professor in the Department of Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recognized for the publication of Variational Analysis and Applications (Springer, 2018). In his book, Mordukhovich gives a comprehensive introduction to variational analysis, a relatively young area of mathematics that develops new forms of methodology for unifying analysis and geometry. The Board of Governors honored Mordukhovich for his contributions to Wayne State and the Department of Mathematics.
  • Claude Pruneau, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was honored for the publication of Data Analysis Techniques for Physical Scientists (Cambridge University Press, September 2017). Pruneau provides a comprehensive, rigorous and accessible introduction to data analysis for particle and nuclear physicists working on collider experiments, and outlines the concepts and techniques needed to carry out a forefront research with modern collider data in a clear way. The Board of Governors recognized Pruneau for his contributions to Wayne State and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.