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Libby Balter Blume and Kendra R. Evans Receive Faculty Achievement Awards

October 29, 2015

Two outstanding University of Detroit Mercy faculty members will receive awards at the University’s annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, Nov. 6.

Libby Balter Blume, professor of psychology from the College of Liberal Arts and Education will receive the Faculty Excellence Award. This prestigious honor is given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence as a teacher and scholar and places this person among the most outstanding faculty members at the University.

Blume joined Mercy College of Detroit in 1987 in the Child Development Program. In her 28 years at UDM, she has written and co-authored numerous books peer-reviewed articles, editorials, introductions to special issues, conference proceedings and made presentations at various state and national conferences. In 2014, she was chosen to serve as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Family Theory and Review.

Blume also serves on community advisory boards and is a mentor to junior faculty and a shepherd to undergraduate majors in Developmental Psychology.

Kendra R. Evans, associate professor of Chemistry in the College of Engineering & Science received this year’s Faculty Achievement Award. This award is for faculty members who demonstrate distinctive merit and achievement as a junior faculty member with the promise of continuing development to excellence in teaching, service and scholarly activity.

Evans has been with the University since 2009 and since that time has distinguished herself as a well-respected teacher and well-liked colleague. She has developed instructional methods to better connect with students in large lectures and labs in general chemistry and created new content for upper level classes. In addition to being an active academic advisor to more than 30 students annually, she is co-advisor of the Chemistry Club, through which she works in the community to raise interest in chemistry.

She has received external funding from the National Institutes of Health for her work with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and maintains a research of undergraduate students.

The two professors were selected by a seven-member committee of their peers from across the University.

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