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Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009

Five honored with Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Five honored with Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Feb. 2, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award this year are Marco Arnaudo, French and Italian; Beth Gazley, Public and Environmental Affairs; Scott Herring, English; Ted Striphas, Communication and Culture; and Haixu Tang, Informatics. Each has received $14,500 to support his or her research and creative activity.

"These outstanding faculty members will make it possible for Indiana University to sustain its world-class reputation for years to come. I am pleased that the university is able to recognize and nurture such wonderful young talent," said Thomas F. Gieryn, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs.

The award, presented annually by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, enables faculty to enhance their research and recognizes junior faculty members who have devoted considerable time to IU's teaching, research and service missions.

Marco Arnaudo joined the IU faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in Italian after receiving his Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures from Harvard University. He completed a Ph.D. in Italian literature from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Italy in 2004. His current research studies the influence of Dante's Divine Comedy on Italian Baroque culture; preparing a modern edition of Il natal d'Amore, or The Birth of Love, by Venetian poet Giulio Strozzi, based on the 1629 edition; "Il trionfo di Vertunno-Illusioni ottiche e cultura letteraria nell'Età della Controriforma," an investigation of the connections between optical illusions and literature in 16th and 17th century Italy; and La pagina breve: Antologia di racconti italiani del Novecento, a selection of short stories with instructions for intermediate and advanced Italian students. Arnaudo has published numerous articles, and has been an invited lecturer at many universities in the U.S., Canada and Italy. He received the IU Trustees Teaching Award in 2008 at IU. For more information:

Beth Gazley joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, and also sits on the Philanthropic Studies faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She completed her Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia in 2004. She has published books and articles on nonprofit management, public-private partnerships and volunteer management, and has partnered with the American Society of Association Executives, the National Association for Community Mediation, and Indiana Campus Compact on research projects. Her current research examines volunteer motivation and retention in professional associations and societies. Gazley is a recipient of numerous grants and external contracts, and also has received honors and awards for teaching and research. She recently was an IU Student Choice Award 2008 nominee, and also was the recipient of the IU Trustee Teaching Award in 2007 and the Best 2007 Journal Article from the Academy of Management for "The Purpose (and Perils) of Government Nonprofit Partnership," published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. For more information:

Scott Herring joined the IU faculty as an assistant professor of English and an adjunct faculty member in the American Studies Program in 2007, following a three-year appointment at Pennsylvania State University in the English and Women's Studies departments. He completed his Ph.D. in English in 2004 from the University of Illinois. Herring's book Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History was published in 2007. In addition, he has published and presented articles at numerous conferences and as an invited lecturer at universities throughout the country. Herring is the recipient of many grants, fellowships and awards, including the IU Trustees Teaching Award in 2008. He received the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities: New Perspectives Grant, and also, through the Americanist Research Colloquium Speaker Series which he co-directs, was awarded the College Arts and Humanities Institute Grant for 2008-2009. For more information:

Ted Striphas joined the IU faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture, along with adjunct appointments in American Studies and Cultural Studies. In 2006 he became the director of Film and Media Studies. Previously, he held an assistant professorship in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University (2002-2004). He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 2002. Striphas has published numerous articles, book chapters and reviews, his most recent book being The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture From Consumerism to Control (Columbia University Press, 2009). His next research project, "The Next Great Awakening," will explore the recent boom in religious and religious-themed book publishing in the U.S. in the changing political landscape of the new millennium. Striphas is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and awards. Most recently he received the Student Choice Teaching Award, the IU Trustee's Teaching Award, and the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowship. For more information:

Haixu Tang joined the IU faculty in 2004 as assistant professor in the School of Informatics. Previously he held positions at the University of California, San Diego, as an assistant project scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (2001-2004) and as a post-doctoral fellow in the Center of Computational and Experimental Genomics at University of Southern California (1999-2001). In 1998 he received his Ph.D. in molecular biology at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His current work focuses on computational problems arising in molecular biology, in particular in mass spectrometry. Besides having published many books and articles, Tang has been a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (2007), as well as grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. For more information:

Award Information

Monetary support is provided through the combination of three different grants totaling approximately $14,500: a Summer Faculty Fellowship of up to $8,000; a Faculty Grant-in-Aid of Research in the amount of $2,500 for the academic year; and a $4,000 grant-in-aid or released-time award.

The awards are designed to assist untenured, tenure-track faculty to enhance their research programs prior to tenure. Awards will be given to junior faculty members who show promise of achieving great distinction as scholars or artists.

Candidates should have been at Indiana University for at least one academic year and demonstrate commitment to all three areas of teaching, research, and service, and show evidence of this in the materials submitted.

For more information on the award, see or e-mail