3 receive Purdue Calumet 2011-12 Outstanding Faculty Awards

Three Purdue University Calumet professors have received the university’s Outstanding Faculty Awards for the 2011-12 academic year.

The recipients are:

  • Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Marthaler (Outstanding Teacher). Professor Marthaler is a Crete, Ill. resident and native of Markham, Ill.
  • Assistant Professor of Management Rachel Clapp Smith (Outstanding Scholar). Professor Clapp Smith lives in Frankfort, Ill. and grew up in Exeter, NH.
  • Associate Professor of Education Lynn Zimmerman (Outstanding Service), Professor Zimmerman resides in Chicago and is a native of Greensboro, NC.

The honorees were recognized at Purdue Calumet’s recent, 2012-13 academic year-opening Faculty-Staff Convocation.

Outstanding  Teacher Award recipient Maureen Marthaler

This 15-year Purdue Calumet faculty member teaches courses in nursing foundations, leadership and management. According to one student, “she engages you every step of the way. You want to learn; you want to know what she knows. She’s always asking questions and making you think.” Another student recalled that on the first day of class, she provided her students her personal cell phone number.

Colleagues recall her taking students into her home when they have had nowhere else to stay, as well as helping other students address personal needs. Colleagues also praise her for motivating students to believe they can succeed.

“When I first started at Purdue Calumet,” she said, “I sat at the Convocation listening to the announcement of the Outstanding Faculty Teacher and his accomplishments. I told myself, I hope to receive that award someday. Winning the ‘Gold Medal’ for teaching confirms to me in my heart I am doing what I am supposed to be doing: teaching with heart and soul.”

Marthaler holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lewis (Ill.) University and a Master in Nursing Education from DePaul (Ill.) University.

Outstanding  Scholar Award recipient Rachel Clapp Smith

Professor Clapp Smith, a Purdue Calumet faculty member since 2009, was recently invited to deliver the keynote address at a colloquium at the NAFSA Association of International Educators conference about internationalizing business education. She also is a frequent presenter at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting. Her primary research areas are global leader development and global mindset.

“One way to think about global leader development is as a process that prepares leaders for effectiveness in the global economy,” she said. “Global mindset is a way of thinking that transcends cultural boundaries and allows leaders to navigate the complexities and nuances of international business. As leaders acquire a global mindset, they build their readiness to lead on an international stage.”

She holds a baccalaureate degree from Bowdoin (ME) College, an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

“Given the quality of research being done at Purdue University Calumet, it is a true honor to be selected for this award,” she said. “It is gratifying to have our research about global leadership development recognized in this way.”

Outstanding Service Award recipient Lynn Zimmerman

A Purdue Calumet faculty member since 2002, Professor Zimmerman has served the needs of education at university, community, national and international levels, including integrating her service activities with teaching and scholarship.

At Purdue Calumet, she has been active in faculty governance, having served as Faculty Senate secretary and as a member and/or chair of numerous committees. Nationally, she has served the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Additionally, she has been on the editorial board of the Journal on English Language Teaching (JELT).

What’s more international connections in Poland have allowed her to develop intercultural communications courses for master’s students studying in translational studies programs. She has conducted workshops for Polish higher education faculty and post-secondary teachers. She also has used Skype to tutor a young woman in Afghanistan who wanted to improve her English skills, and she visited Haiti one year after that nation’s devastating earthquake to teach English to college students.

“As educators, service is part of who we are and what we do,” she said. “I appreciate the honor of receiving public recognition for this part of my life.”

Professor of Zimmerman holds baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.


l to r: Maureen Marthaler, Chancellor Thomas Keon, Lynn Zimmerman, Rachel Clapp Smith