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Service Excellence Awards

The College of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce its annual prize for Excellence in Service award in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.  The three recipients will receive money in support of their professional activities.

In selecting recipients of the award, the evaluating committee will look for contributions of the faculty member to the department, the college, university, profession and/or community. CAL is particularly interested in recognizing those faculty members performing extraordinary service or service that is otherwise uncompensated by other measures. 

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020-2021 Award

Dr. Eve Kornfeld, Department of History

Eve Kornfeld

Eve Kornfeld, Senate Distinguished Professor and Professor of History, earned her B.A. at Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Harvard University. She has taught in Harvard’s History and Literature concentration, Princeton’s History and European Cultural Studies departments, and SDSU’s History, MALAS, Honors, and Arts Alive Collaborative programs. Her teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary, transnational, polyphonic, and informed by post-colonial, post-structural, gender and critical race theories. Her books were published in the Bedford Series in History and Culture of St. Martin’s Press, and her articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of American Studies, Canadian Review of American Studies, New England Journal of History, Pennsylvania History, The History Teacher, and the Journal of American Culture. She served on the governing board of the American Culture Association. She received the College of Arts and Letters Excellence in Teaching Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017, the SDSU Senate Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018, and the College of Arts and Letters Exceptional Service Award in 2021.

As a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Kornfeld’s mission as a college professor is to open doors for her students and to encourage them to walk through those doors with confidence and joy. Mentoring first-generation students through their undergraduate lives and learning, first experiences with research and conference presentations, applications to graduate or professional programs, and expanding career choices and decisions is her continuing passion. She is especially proud of her many Student Research Symposium participants and winners, and of the extensive mentor network through which her past and current graduate and undergraduate students assist each other to find new graduate school and professional opportunities.

Dr. Esther Rothblum, Department of Women's Studies

Esther Rothblum

Esther Rothblum is Professor and Interim Chair of Women’s Studies and Program Director of LGBTQ+ Studies. In collaboration with other faculty she founded the LGBTQ+ Studies minor in 2009, the major in 2012, and the Advanced Certificate in 2014. SDSU became the first university in the California State University system, the first in California, and only the second in the U.S. to have an LGBTQ+ Studies major. SDSU was rated one of the top LGBT-friendly college campuses each year since 2009. Most recently it was ranked #1 in California and #10 in the U.S. by Campus Pride Index. Professor Rothblum has also co-organized Lavender Graduation since 2009, with over 100 students registering in recent years.

Professor Rothblum’s research and writing have focused on LGBT relationships and mental health as well as on the stigma of weight. She began editing her first of 28 books, The Stereotyping of Women: Its Effects on Mental Health, while a graduate student, and published her latest book The Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health, in 2020 during her last year at SDSU before retirement. Professor Rothblum has over 140 publications in academic journals and anthologies. In addition, she has published 48 book reviews with 103 different students. As past editor of Women & Therapy and current editor of the Journal of Lesbian Studies and Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, she has made a conscious effort during the last 35 years to publish articles by women of color and lesbians — groups that were previously underrepresented in scholarly literature. 

Jamie Madden, Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies 

Jamie Madden

After working for nearly a decade in the mortgage division of a large banking institution, ending in training a division for a new mortgage center, Jamie returned to San Diego in 1998 with the intention of becoming a high school teacher.  After taking a class in children's literature, she was encouraged to instead apply to SDSU's English graduate program; she ultimately became the first student to graduate from its well-known children's literature program.  She became a teaching associate in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies department in 1999 and became a lecturer in the department after completion of her Master's Degree.

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