The San Diego State University Alumni Association recently announced the Awards for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the university, more commonly known as the Montys.
Each year, the group honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the university's colleges. The awardees will be recognized at the All-University Convocation.
College of Arts and Letters — Seth Mallios, Ph.D.
Anthropology Professor Seth Mallios is known as the historian-biographer of San Diego State University. His successful efforts to restore historic murals on campus were recognized by the City of San Diego. He has done archaeological work in Old Town, and was a founder of the South Coast Information Center, the primary repository for archaeological data collected in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
College of Business Administration — Gerald Whittenburg, Ph.D.
Gerald (Gene) Whittenburg, professor at SDSU’s Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy, is an expert on corporate and individual taxation and the tax research process. His books on federal taxation are studied at more than 300 colleges and universities. He has served with distinction on the University Promotions and Tenure Review Panel, and in 1991, he received the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.
College of Education — Diane Lapp, Ph.D.
A professor of teacher education, Diane Lapp has been inducted into the International Reading Hall of Fame and earned widespread acclaim for research on urban education. She has addressed instructional issues related to struggling readers and writers living in economically deprived settings. She initiated the San Diego State University Literacy Conference as a forum to connect graduate students with literacy leaders across the country.
College of Engineering — Khaled Morsi, Ph.D.
Khaled Morsi, professor of mechanical engineering, has received numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, including one for game-based materials lab simulations that provide students with insight into experimental issues in materials science. He has served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation and a reviewer for many of its divisions. In addition, he is an inventor/co-inventor on five patents.
College of Health and Human Sciences — Roger Simmons, Ph.D.
Roger Simmons is recognized for his significant contributions to the understanding of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). He received a National Institutes of Health grant for the research program, “Regulation of Force in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol.” The goal of his research is to help health offices and physicians construct rehabilitation programs to improve basic motor skills performance for children with FAS.
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts — Lawrence Beck, Ph.D.
Lawrence Beck, professor at SDSU’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is a scholar/teacher of environmental and cultural interpretation. He has received the National Association for Interpretation Fellow Award, its highest honor for career achievement. His textbooks have been translated into several languages and his journal articles have contributed to the development of interpretive programs at outdoor sites throughout the country.
College of Sciences — Stephen Roeder, Ph.D.
Physics Professor Stephen Roeder has a record of accomplishment and service to SDSU as chair of the chemistry and physics departments and dean of the Imperial Valley Campus. His classic book, “Experimental Pulse NMR, A Nuts and Bolts Approach,” is the work of a highly successful experimental physicist capable of assembling sophisticated instrumentation from scratch and proceeding to make fundamental advances in the field.