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Kudos Corner

The University of Redlands is proud to celebrate the honors and accolades bestowed upon the institution and the many accomplished members of our community.


  • With more than 3,000 trees of many varieties growing across the Redlands campus, the University has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation again this year, an honor the University has received consistently since 2009.

  • The University was named a top Fulbright producer for the 2019-20 academic year.

  • The Peace Corps ranked the U of R No. 7 among the agency’s 2020 list of its top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities. This is the third year in a row that the University has been among the agency’s top-10 list of small schools, and this year Redlands was the only California school to rank in the category.

  • College Consensus, a unique college review aggregator, has recognized University of Redlands in its survey of the Best Colleges for Veterans for 2020.

  • The College of Arts and Sciences accounting program was recognized by GradReports’ 25 Best Colleges for accounting and is ranked No. 22. The ranking is based on recent undergraduates’ median early-career salaries and his or her median federal student loan debt.

  • The University’s Office of Career and Professional Development has been selected as a winner by the national 2020 Career Leadership Collective Innovation Awards for the department’s Career Faculty Fellows program. The office was also selected to present a webinar about the University’s unique fellows program through the collective.


Michael Adee of U of R’s Applied Wisdom Institute was recognized at the Creating Change Conference in Dallas with the peer-nominated 20 for 20 Award, which honors “the trailblazers, developers, innovators, groundbreakers, architects, creators, founders, nurturers, mentors, teachers in LGBTQ+ progressive faith settings.  

Jessie Hewitt, assistant professor of history, was awarded the Graves Award grant for junior scholars in the humanities, which will support her research.

Hideko Sera, associate dean of the School of Education, was chosen among 30 psychologists by the American Psychological Association for its Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator Summit in Washington, D.C., where she visited Capitol Hill to lobby for public service loan forgiveness. 

Renée Van Vechten, professor of political science, has been invited to serve on the newly formed California State Government Oral History Program Advisory Committee.

During Commencement season, the University named the following faculty awards:


  • Bing Bai, professor in the School of Business
  • Kathy Jenni, professor of philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wendy McIntyre, professor of environmental studies, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Raúl Acero, professor of studio art, College of Arts and Science
  • Alisa Slaughter, professor of creative writing, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Ralph Angel, professor of creative writing, College of Arts and Sciences (in memoriam)


  • Catherine Salmon, professor of psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Riaz Tejani, professor of business ethics, School of Business


  • Piers Britton, director of the Media and Visual Culture Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Neena Gopalan, professor and associate director of the Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership, School of Business
  • Nicol Howard, professor and coordinator of Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching, School of Education


  • Allison Fraiberg, professor in the School of Business
  • Brian Charest, professor in the School of Education

The School of Business recognized:

  • Bing Bai for excellence in teaching
  • Carlo Carrascoso for excellence in service
  • Allison Fraiberg for teaching innovation
  • Johannes Moenius for excellence in research
  • G. Keith Roberts for excellence in teaching
  • Charlotte Roth with the Special Appreciation & Recognition Award
  • Avijit Sarkar for teaching innovation

The School of Education announced winners of the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for contributions as highly effective teachers and collaborative colleagues:

  • Robert Cruise of the Department of Counseling and Human Services
  • Marie Martin of the Department of Leadership and Higher Education
  • Nnenna Okpara of the Department of Teaching and Learning


Three students won the Albert Crum Prize in the Phi Beta Kappa essay contest. The award is named for alumnus Albert Crum ’53, a New York psychiatrist and Phi Beta Kappa member, who has generously supported the program over the last three decades:

  • Marina Mondot ’20 for “Drive It Like You Stole It: Queering on the Western Front”
  • Margaret Eronimous ’20 for “An American Sound: Parallels in Popular Compositions and Land Management in Depression Era North and Latin America”
  • Alex Hyland ’20 for “A Political Risk Analysis of Ethiopia: The Risks U.S. Textile and Garment Companies Need to Look For, and How to Mitigate Them”

2020 Creative Writing Contest winners:

  • Olivia Umstead, winner, Academy of American Poets’ Jean Burden Prize in Poetry for “103 Degrees”
  • Rebecca Rhodes, honorable mention, Academy of American Poets’ Jean Burden Prize in Poetry for “Desert Elegy”
  • Benjamin Lachelt, winner, Non-Fiction Contest and Redlands Review Editor’s Choice Award for “Bodily Immanence”
  • Lily Monsour, honorable mention, Non-Fiction Contest for “The Ladder”
  • Noa Josef Sperber, winner, Fiction Contest for “Savage Explanations for the End of the World”
  • Erin Maxwell, honorable mention, Fiction Contest for “For Civilized Folk”

To see student honors announced as part of the 2020 commencement season, see the recent Bulldog Blog post “Kudos corner: student honors.” Do you have suggestions for someone who should appear in the next Kudos Corner? Let us know at bulldogblog@redlands.edu!