Roman Buniy


Roman Buniy, Ph.D.



The Junior Wang-Fradkin Professorship, Chapman University’s highest faculty award in recognition of exceptional merit in scholarly or creative activity Wang-Fradkin Professorships, was awarded to
Roman Buniy, Ph.D.
, assistant professor of physics, at the 21st Annual Chapman University Faculty Honors Convocation, held Friday, May 13, in the George H.W. Bush Conference Center.

The Junior Wang-Fradkin Professorship is a two-year monetary award to further teaching and scholarship. This and the Senior Wang-Fradkin Professorship were founded in memory of Hua-Cheng Wang, professor of political science, diplomat and expert on international law; and Cheng-Mei Fradkin, distinguished teacher, scholar and administrator.

Warren de Bruyn, Ph.D.


Warren de Bruyn, Ph.D.



The Valerie Scudder Award, another high honor bestowed by the university, was awarded to Schmid College faculty. 
Warren de Bruyn, Ph.D.
, professor of chemistry, and 
Jason Keller, Ph.D.
, associate professor of biological sciences were both recognized as recipients of this honor for their outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship, advising and service to the university.  Keller, who studies global change influences on wetland carbon cycling and greenhouse gas dynamics, was also recognized earlier in the week with induction into the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs’ “Million Dollar Club” for securing a nearly
$1.5 million Department of Energy (DoE) grant
that, “allows Chapman researchers to participate in the SPRUCE project by investigating the controls of the production and release of the greenhouse gas methane in this ecosystem.”

Dr. Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, instructional assistant professor of molecular biology, poses with the Outstanding Teaching Award plaque bearing her name at the May 13 Faculty Honors Convocation.


Rowland-Goldsmith poses with the Outstanding Teaching Award plaque bearing her name.


Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, Ph.D.
, instructional assistant professor of molecular biology and deeply committed educator, was also recognized at this year’s Faculty Honors Convocation as a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award. This honor is the university’s highest faculty award in recognition of exceptional merit in teaching.

Further Schmid College faculty honors this year include:

Excellence in Lecturer and GTA Teaching


New this term, Schmid College has introduced awards to recognize the excellent teaching among its lecturers and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). The following spring 2016 awards were announced at the Schmid College Faculty Meeting Friday, May 13:

Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer – Upper Level Instruction

  • Kathy Harker – BIOL 330 General Genetics
  • Ryan Burns – CPSC 230 Computer Science I and CPSC 370 Topics in Computer Science
  • Mackenzie Crigger – ENV 498 Environmental Problem Solving: Senior Capstone and Seminar


Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer - Laboratory Instruction

  • Yumiko Nobumori – CHEM 140 General Chemistry I and CHEM 150L General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Matthew Carlson – CHEM 140 General Chemistry I and CHEM 150L General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Lauren Pagel Dudley – CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory and CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chrysoula Papagiannis – BIOL 208L Introduction to Molecular Genetics Laboratory


Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer - Introductory Instruction

  • Charles Quinto – FSN 120 Introduction to Food Science
  • James Ferro – ENV 102 Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • Richard Roszak – MATH 099 Intermediate Algebra and MATH 104 Pre-Calculus Mathematics


Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Sophia Pollack – FSN 120 Introduction to Food Science
  • Chloe Martin-King – MATH 110 Single Variable Calculus I
  • Elizabeth Stevens – CPSC 230 Computer Science I


Congratulations to ALL the faculty recognized this year. Schmid College is extremely proud of its faculty and their dedication to scholarship, teaching and providing excellent mentorship to our students.