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Eastern Professors Win CSUS Faculty Awards

torockio award.jpgTwo Eastern faculty members were among eight to be recognized by the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees on April 7 for their exceptional teaching and research.
Christopher Torockio, associate professor of English, received the Trustees Teaching Award at the university level. Torockio is widely recognized for his ability to connect teaching with his thriving fiction writing career; his contributions to curriculum development; his inclusive and empowering teaching style, particularly effective with first-generation students; and for his success in making fiction writing a means of further writing.

qimin liu award.jpgThe Trustees Research Award at the university level was presented to Qimin Liu, associate professor of visual arts. Liu is acclaimed for his scholarly creative work as a prolific artist with a prestigious exhibition record; his ability to bridge in style and social consciousness the American and Chinese painters world; his effort to establish connections with galleries and museums in China, for promoting American contemporary realism; and for use of art to highlight the struggles of the homeless.

 "The caliber of teaching and research at Central, Eastern, Southern and Western is quite impressive, and the scholarship demonstrated by these faculty members makes a difference in their classrooms and their respective fields," said Board Vice Chairman Richard Balducci.  John Doyle, chair of the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, concurred: "These awards recognize the exemplary work of the highest promise being done by our up-and-coming faculty. They are all demonstrating an impact on their academic fields, our students and our state."

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