2012 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

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Dr. Stassi DiMaggio

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Dimaggio earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New Orleans in 2003. Her students often marvel at how much she “loves carbon and carbon-­‐carbon bonds.” As a much sought-­‐after organic chemistry instructor, Dr. DiMaggio is available to her students outside of class, often holding impromptu office hours in the hall or in an available classroom. She challenges her students to work harder, often infusing humor in her lectures to help students learn. Her dedication to her students and her desire for their success are most laudable.

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Dr. Ann Privett

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Privett earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1984. She began graduate school at the University of Arizona and then transferred to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and immediately began her career at Xavier. She has been involved in the Summer Science Academy since 1990. She has directed the Biomedical Scholar Summer Program since 1991. She has served as the coordinator of the General Chemistry lecture and drills since 1991. For the past seven years, Dr. Privett has been the Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry. She is the PREM Education and Outreach consultant and a member of the I-­‐Cubed Internal Advisory Committee. Dr. Privett is the co-­‐advisor of Xavier’s award-­‐winning Chemistry Club. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Science Teachers Association.

2012 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

Dr. Joe Melcher

Dr. Joe Melcher

Department of Communication Studies

Since joining the University over forty years ago, Dr. Melcher has served either on a university committee or as a department chair. His major discipline is audiology with a background in speech pathology as well. He occasionally teaches Phonetics and Anatomy in addition to other audiology courses and supervises the clinical practicum in audiology. Dr. Melcher’s service goes well beyond Xavier. He is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received the “Scholar-Mentor Award” from the National Black Association for Speech-Language-Hearing. Locally, in the late 1970’s, Dr. Melcher spearheaded Xavier’s involvement with Total Community Action and the New Orleans Head Start Program. Through the years, Xavier students, under the supervision of Dr. Melcher, have provided hearing screenings to thousands of Head Start students.

2012 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Hector Biliran

Dr. Hector Biliran

Department of Biology

Dr. Biliran earned a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology from Wayne State University in 2002. Dr. Biliran has co-authored seventeen peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters. Since joining Xavier in 2008, he has received external funding from the National Cancer Institute and the National institutes for Health as well as the Louisiana State Board of Regents and the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. His grant funding has totaled nearly one million dollars. Dr. Biliran has been a research mentor for fourteen Xavier students, with some having already co-authored professional papers.

Dr. Dominique Gendrin

Dr. Dominique Gendrin

Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Dominique Gendrin received her Ph.D from Louisiana State University. She has been teaching at Xavier University for the last 13 years. She is Professor in Communication Studies. Her research has focused on the topics of imagined interactions in various socio-cultural contexts, teaching and learning in the HBCU classroom, undergraduate research, diversity, interethnic encounters, ethnic identity development, and intercultural sensitivity. She is currently working on the HBO TV series Treme from a critical cultural perspective, its musical diegesis, and racialization of urban spaces.