Faculty & Staff Awards 2018

December 14, 2017

Baton Rouge, LA -- The College of Human Sciences & Education 2017-2018 Awards recognize outstanding contributions from our faculty and staff. These deserving colleagues made a significant contribution in one of our mission areas - or in providing leadership and support to make this work possible. Our college is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan. Our students, faculty, and staff are leaders in their fields, helping solve complex human, social, and information issues.

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a sustained record of excellence in research and scholarly productivity. The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated superior teaching and related activities. The Early Career Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary performance in teaching, research or service within eight years after receipt of their doctoral degree. The Engagement Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has established collaboration with individuals, nonprofit agencies or government institutions for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources that address significant social issues in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The Outstanding Faculty Service Award recognizes a faculty member who has a proven record of exceptional service to the profession, school, college or university and has been a CHSE employee for a minimum of three years. The Outstanding Staff Service Award recognizes a staff member who has a proven record of exceptional service to the profession, school, college or university and has been a CHSE employee for a minimum of three years.

Recipients will be recognized and receive their awards at the College of Human Sciences & Education Faculty/Staff Assembly on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. in 225 Peabody Hall.

This year's honorees are:

  • Dr. Scott E. Wilks  |  Distinguished Research Award (School of Social Work)
  • Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner  |  Distinguished Teaching Award (School of Education)
  • Dr. Guillaume Spielmann  |  Early Career Award  (School of Kinesiology)
  • Dr. Margo Abadie  |  Engagement Award  (School of Social Work)
  • Dr. Ray Castle  |  Outstanding Faculty Service Award  (School of Kinesiology)
  • Ms. Tara C. Landry  |  Outstanding Staff Service Award (School of Social Work)

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Pictured left to right: Jennifer Baumgartner, Ray Castle, and Tara Landry.

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Pictured left to right: Margo Abadie, Scott Wilks, and Guillaume Spielmann.


Dr. Scott E. Wilks | Distinguished Research Award

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      Scott E. Wilks, PhD, LMSW, is a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Fellow and John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work, both lifelong titles. GSA is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in gerontology and geriatrics. The Hartford Foundation is the nation’s largest private philanthropy dedicated to the health and well-being of older adults. Dr. Wilks is coordinator of the graduate specialization in gerontology and associate professor at the LSU School of Social Work. He is also a faculty member with the LSU Life Course and Aging Center. His overarching research agenda is the health and well-being of older adults; specifically, his current research interests center primarily on dementia care, and the interactional process of coping and resilience among dementia caregivers. Dr. Wilks is prominently published in social work and interprofessional journals related to health and aging. He has been highly successful in securing external research funding at the local, regional, and national levels, including successive seven-figure grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services since 2014. His research and community service also include interdisciplinary collaborations with AARP, Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area (Baton Rouge), Poydras Home Retirement Community of Greater New Orleans.



Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner | Distinguished Teaching Award

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      Jennifer Baumgartner, PhD, begins her 10th year at LSU and is a tenured professor in the School of Education. She teaches in the PK-3 teacher certification program and early childhood education graduate program. Dr. Baumgartner’s research centers around two major issues: 1.) how philosophies and/or knowledge are translated into practices in children’s developmental contexts and, 2.) stress among teachers and children in early care settings. Her work is published in several journals, including Journal of Health Psychology, Early Child Development and Care, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Young Children. She has experience directing early child development laboratory schools and teaches critical perspectives in early childhood education, child development and stress in education courses. She is a faculty advisor for the LSU student chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children.



Dr. Guillaume Spielmann | Early Career Award

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      Guillaume Spielmann, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology at LSU and an adjunct assistant professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He earned a BSc in Immunology and Toxicology at Napier Edinburgh University (Scotland) and a MSc in Exercise Science at the University of Houston. He obtained his PhD in Exercise Immunology from Napier Edinburgh University, before working for 3 years on a NASA-funded project as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Spielmann studies the impact of various psychological and physiological stressors on the immune system and has published textbook chapters and peer-reviewed manuscripts in a variety of high-impact journals. He received an Early Career Research Award from the International Society of Exercise Immunology in 2013 for his work on exercise and cancer immunotherapy. Since then, Dr. Spielmann has received federal funding from NASA, both as a co-I and Principal Investigator to investigate the impact of long-duration Spaceflight on the immune system.



Dr. Margo Abadie | Engagement Award

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      Margo M. Abadie, PhD, LCSW, BACS, is an associate professor of professional practice in the LSU School of Social Work. Dr. Abadie has taught in the School of Social Work for over 20 years and has taught social work courses in Great Britain and Central America through Academic Programs Abroad. In addition to her teaching, she has served as the clinical consultant at the Crisis Center in Baton Rouge. Her responsibilities at the Center include supervision of graduate students primarily from the LSU School of Social Work, but has had the opportunity to supervise graduate students from Tulane University, Southeastern and Southern University. Recently, Dr. Abadie was awarded the first “Life Time Achievement Award” given by the Center for her dedication and service to students, as well as community involvement, particularly her establishment of the Circle of Support Walk, connecting the necessary services that support clients who are in crisis.



Dr. Ray Castle | Outstanding Faculty Service Award

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      Ray Castle, PhD, LAT, ATC, currently is the Athletic Training Program director and professor of professional practice in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, a position he has held since 2002. He has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 1991 and LSBME credentialed athletic trainer (LAT) since 1994. Dr. Castle has an extensive background in education, clinical practice, and professional service over the last 26 years. In athletic training education, he led LSU's efforts in obtaining its first-ever accredited athletic training program in April 2004, and continues to thrive as one of the top-rated programs in the country. Dr. Castle's clinical practice background service has included international experiences including US Olympic Track & Field Trials, Atlanta Olympic Games, and the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. He also provides his sports medicine expertise to a number of events, including the Louisiana Marathon, the Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, and the Boston Marathon. Dr. Castle serves on various organization committees the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association, the American Heart Association’s Louisiana Advisory Council, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which oversees 350+ accredited programs. For his extensive service in the athletic training profession, Dr. Castle received a number of awards including the NATA Athletic Training Service Award (2007), Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame (2009), and NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2017).



Ms. Tara C. Landry | Outstanding Staff Service Award

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      Tara Landry serves as administrative coordinator in student services for the LSU School of Social Work for the last five years. Her career at LSU spans over 27 years. Her experiences at LSU included serving at the University Laboratory School, Accounting Services, and the Department of Political Science. During Ms. Landry’s tenure at the School of Social Work, she has demonstrated her excellence in student customer service and fortitude in managing the tremendous growth and demands of the dual admissions process.


About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.