NSFA faculty awards announced

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture announced that Jacquelyn Gill, associate professor of terrestrial paleoecology, Kelly Jaksa, lecturer and coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work program, and Brian McGill, professor of biological sciences, have been recognized with faculty awards for 2020.

Gill received the Outstanding Public Service Award, Jaksa was recognized with the Outstanding Teaching Award, and McGill was honored with the college’s Outstanding Research Award.

Gill, a co-founder and organizer of the March for Science, has more than 89,000 Twitter followers. Her podcast Warm Regards attracts nearly 10,000 listeners per episode. She is being honored for her unique and effective methods of connecting a diverse stakeholder base to cutting-edge science. 

Jaksa draws on her work in community and healthcare settings to create critical experiential learning opportunities for her students. Her heavy teaching and advising load is welcomed, as she seeks to engage her students, her advisees and all she comes in contact with, and to foster their enthusiasm for helping others.  

The Outstanding Research Award recognizes McGill as a thought leader in the field of macroecology, where his large-scale investigations in biodiversity facilitate prediction of variations in species range and ecological community composition in response to human action and climate change.

Read more about the awards online