The West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has honored Kirk Hazen, David Lederman and Kenneth Fones-Wolf with the new Woodburn Professors Award.

The award program recognizes mid-career faculty members who exemplify the highest potential for accomplishment in teaching, research and service. The purpose of this recognition is to support the College’s emerging faculty who are not yet at the rank of full professor.

These three individuals are wonderful examples of the quality of our faculty who are rising to national prominence in diverse areas across the Eberly College,said Dean M. Duane Nellis.

Hazen, associate professor of English, specializes in linguistics, with a focus on sociolinguistics, language variation and language change. He has won the Eberly College’s Outstanding Researcher Award, the Eberly College’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Teacher Award, an honor that is voted on by undergraduate students. Hazen has published one book and 10 articles and book chapters as a single author. He has also coauthored 15 book reviews, essays and encyclopedia articles.

The Eberly College has become a nationally known center for tremendous teaching and innovative research. To be honored as part of this academy is wonderful,Hazen said.The Woodburn Professor Award is an honor and a charge from the Eberly College. Its recipients have shown that they can do some kinds of academic work, but this award challenges them to both expand the scope and improve the quality of their work.

Lederman, associate professor of physics, has generated considerable global interest for his work on exchange bias in ideal antiferromagnets. Lederman’s work in this field has added to the dramatic increase in the capacity of magnetic storage systems, such as computer hard drives. Lederman has taken an active role in guiding and shaping the University’s efforts in nanoscience research by participating on a nanosciences advisory committee coordinated by Edwin Rood, director of the Biometric Knowledge Center.

I am very honored to receive this award, especially given the many talented colleagues in the Eberly College who have outstanding research, teaching and service records,said Lederman.The award will be used to support my laboratory research activities, to travel to conferences, and to develop new science teaching tools.

Fones-Wolf, associate professor of history, is a leading scholar in the fields of Civil War history and reconstruction, the gilded age of America and the working class of America. Throughout his career, Fones-Wolf has consistently published high quality scholarly articles in the most respected journals in his fields. Peers and students have lauded his teachings in the core courses in the American history program.

I plan to use this support to further my research agenda and service activities in the history of ethnicity and transatlantic migrations, and also to develop a new class on the migration experience in American society. I feel honored and fortunate to receive one of the first Woodburn Professor Awards from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences,Fones-Wolf said.

The Woodburn Professors Program is funded through private dollars and is meant to reward and retain quality mid-career faculty in the Eberly College.