2018 University Faculty Awards Recognizes CHSE Leaders in Education and Kinesiology

April 30, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA – The Office of Academic Affairs has announced the recipients of this year’s University Faculty Awards, five of which have been awarded to some of our outstanding CHSE faculty. Each of these deserving colleagues helps fuel our college’s mission to improve the quality of life across the lifespan. They have proven to be leaders in their fields and are dedicated to serving the greater good.

Award recipients will be recognized and receive their awards at the annual Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 2, at 3:00 p.m. at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

This year’s honorees are:

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner, School of Education | Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award

Dr. Jennifer Curry, School of Education | LSU Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, School of Education | LSU Alumni Professorship, Cecil “Pete” Taylor Alumni Professorship

Dr. Angela Webb, School of Education | LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award

Dr. Brian Irving, School of Kinesiology | LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award


Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner | Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award


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Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner 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. Her 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. Jennifer Curry | LSU Distinguished Faculty Award

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Jennifer Curry, Ph. D., teaches in the counselor education program at Louisiana State University. Her professional experience includes serving as a professional school counselor in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Her research interests include career and college readiness and school counselor development. She has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and three books, “Career and College Readiness of African American Students: The journey unraveled” published by Lexington books; “P-12 Career Counseling in Schools” published by Springer; and “Integrating Play Therapy in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs” published by Information Age. She has presented her work nationally and internationally on a wide range of school counseling topics at over 50 professional conferences. Additionally, she has served as guest editor of the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Professional School Counseling journal and as an editorial board member for six years. Dr. Curry has also served as a delegate of ASCA’s national assembly, President of the Louisiana School Counselor Association, and president of the national Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. She is the recipient of the Roger Aubrey Northstar award for the person most likely to change the field of counseling, the American Counseling Association’s Ross Trust Award for School Counseling, the Biggs-Pine publication award, ASERVIC’s meritorious service award, LSU’s College of Education Early Career Award, and Louisiana Counseling Association’s Advocacy Award.



Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell | LSU Alumni Professorship, Cecil “Pete” Taylor Alumni Professorship


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Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell is Professor, Literacy and Urban Education, School of Education, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Her research agenda includes three strands focused on literacy in urban settings, specifically the complexities of literacy leadership, providing access to literature, writing, and the arts, and service-learning as a pathway to preparing pre-service teachers to teach literacy authentically in urban environs. Sulentic Dowell is a career educator, spending the majority of her 20 year public school teaching experience in Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, and most recently, serving public education as Assistant Superintendent of 64 elementary campuses in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. Sulentic Dowell has been nationally and regionally recognized for her scholarship and teaching. She was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education from the Gulf South Summit (2014); she received the LSU Outstanding Faculty Service Learning Award (2013), she was named LSU Flagship Faculty (2012), and was recipient of the (LSU) College of Education’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2012). In addition she was named recipient of The Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching Award” in 2007. The University of Southern Mississippi named her an Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow (2001), and she was finalist for the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year (2000).


Dr. Angela Webb | LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award


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As a high school science teacher in North Carolina, Dr. Webb witnessed too many caring and effective science teachers leave her school or the profession. This prompted her interest in studying the preparation and early career development of science teachers. Her research seeks to understand the experiences of beginning science teachers as they prepare to teach and during their first few years in the profession. Specifically, she is interested in the development and identities of beginning science teachers during their induction into the teaching profession. She brings this lens of teacher development to the courses she teaches. In her time at UNCG and LSU, Dr. Webb has lent her expertise, mentoring emerging scholars and practitioners in the field. Her established relationships with local schools, community partners, and other constituents offer her students hands-on learning experiences. While at LSU, Dr. Webb’s teaching and research have been recognized by colleagues and educational scholars. She was awarded the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2013. In 2012, the National Science Teachers Association selected one of her co-authored research articles, Assessing equity beyond knowledge- and skills-based outcomes (Carlone, Haun-Frank, & Webb, 2011), as a recommended read for in-service science teachers, bridging the gap between research and practice. Additionally, Dr. Webb’s dissertation research was awarded finalist and first runner-up for the 2014 dissertation award from the American Educational Research Association’s Research on Teacher Induction Special Interest Group.


Dr. Brian Irving | LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award


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I am a PhD trained exercise physiologist, with advanced training in i) endocrinology and metabolism, ii) skeletal muscle physiology, and iii) stable-isotope methodologies.  I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University (LSU).  In August 2015, I joined the LSU faculty after serving three years as the founding director of the Geisinger Obesity Institute’s Metabolic Phenotyping Laboratory.  Prior to joining the Geisinger Obesity Institute, I was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.  I also completed postdoctoral training under the direction of Dr. K. Sreekumaran Nair in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Mayo Clinic. My laboratory is interested in developing a more thorough understanding of the short- and long-term metabolic and proteomic adaptions to exercise, dietary, medical interventions in young and old adults at risk for or with cardiometabolic diseases. Specifically, I am interested in skeletal muscle adaptations that provide protection against cardiometabolic diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and peripheral vascular disease).  My laboratory is also interested in understanding the independent and combined effects of prolonged sitting and physical inactivity have on skeletal muscle and whole-body physiology.  Finally, my laboratory is interested identifying mechanisms of exercise intolerance and functional impairment in overweight/obese older adults.