Outstanding Faculty 2013

2 receive Purdue Calumet Outstanding Faculty Awards

Two Purdue University Calumet professors have been honored as the university’s Outstanding Faculty Award recipients for the 2012-13 academic year.

The recipients are Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar of Munster, who was named Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Scholar, and Associate Professor of Nursing Lynn Miskovich of Schererville, who was recognized for Outstanding Service. The awards are selected annually by faculty selection peer committees. Parashar has served on the Purdue Calumet faculty since 2005; Miskovich, since 1981.

The honorees were recognized at Purdue Calumet’s recent, 2013-14 academic year-opening Faculty-Staff Convocation.

Outstanding Teacher and Scholar Award recipient Neeti Parashar

An expert in high energy physics, Parashar is part of the internationally recognized group of physicist researchers who announced in July, 2012 the discovery of the Higgs Boson-like subatomic particle that enhances understanding about the composition and interaction of all matter in the natural universe.

Neeti Parashar

She has engaged her students in her research, having established a high energy particle physics experimental program. As an instructor in a field that frequently intimidates students, Parashar developed the course, “The Origin of Everything,” which has become popular among non-technical students in introducing them to scientific understanding of the universe’s origin.

Through her scholarly activities with colleagues on the Compact Muon Solenoid at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), a multinational research center in Switzerland, and the U.S Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., Parashar has enabled Purdue Calumet to gain institutional membership at world class research facilities.

“As a university professor, I believe that my primary job is to do the best for my students and bring out the best in them,” she said. “Despite Purdue Calumet being primarily a teaching institution, my students have had the opportunity to work and learn at world class laboratories and become witnesses to merit based and highly competitive research first hand. I am very honored and humbled by the recognition of my peers for these teaching and scholarly honors.”

Parashar holds baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Delhi (India).

Outstanding Service Award recipient Lynn Miskovich

Lauded as a champion for vulnerable populations and the medically underserved in northwest Indiana, Miskovich was instrumental in the establishment of the Catherine McCauley Clinic. The facility serves the uninsured, and she is a member of its board of directors. She also has been active with the Sojourner Truth House in Gary for homeless and at-risk women and children.

Additionally, Miskovich has developed numerous health education and health screening programs for indigent seniors throughout the region and has partnered with the Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center, bringing together students from various health care disciplines to deliver comprehensive healthcare at a La Porte clinic for indigent patients.

Lynn Miskovich

Professionally, she is an officer and a founder of the Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice in northwest Indiana. Through her activity in this organization, Miskovich has advanced local concerns about healthcare to legislators in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for advanced practice nurses and the patients they serve.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this recognition,” she said. “I interpret this honor as a reaffirmation by the (Purdue Calumet) administration and my colleagues to support faculty service outside the confines of the university and with vulnerable populations. This has motivated me to continue my current commitments and pursue additional service learning opportunities.”

Miskovich earned undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees at Purdue Calumet, St. Xavier (Ill.) University and Valparaiso University.