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Faculty recognized for outstanding achievement

UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., presents David Koukal, associate professor of Philosophy, with the Faculty Achievement Award.

UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., presents Carol Weisfeld, professor of Psychology,with the Distinguished Faculty Award.

On Friday, October 22, 2004, David Koukal, associate professor of Philosophy, and Carol Weisfeld, professor of Psychology, were recognized for their outstanding teaching and scholarly endeavors at the Faculty Recognition Dinner.

The University Faculty Excellence Awards honor two faculty members, who represent the University with distinctive merit and achievement in their teaching and scholarship. Koukal received the Faculty Achievement Award for his innovative and demanding teaching style, which engages and challenges his students. He has developed specialized courses on media, friendship and the nature of a good life that challenge students to apply the lessons of philosophy to their own lives. Koukal has also published over a dozen scholarly articles and book reviews, and has presented more than two dozen papers at various conferences.

Recognized with the Distinguished Faculty Award, Weisfeld has been described by students as caring, witty, creative and open to new ideas, and has earned a reputation as one of the University’s most beloved instructors. In addition to excellence in the classroom, she has maintained a long and consistent record of outstanding scholarship, which has significantly contributed to psychology’s understanding of marital satisfaction and to the integration of psychological and biological approaches to human behavior. Despite the national and international attention received from her scholarly work, Weisfeld has remained committed to the University and Detroit for more than two decades, when she first began teaching at Mercy College of Detroit.