Faculty, Staff Honored for Teaching, Advising and Service
Guilford presented the Bruce B. Stewart Awards for Teaching Excellence and Community Service to faculty members Angela M. Moore and Diya M. Abdo and to staff member Melissa Daniel Frink at the Spring Awards Celebration. Julie A. Winterich received the inaugural Board of Visitors’ Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.
Angela, an associate professor of geology, came to Guilford in 2003 and took a leadership role with the Environmental Studies Program. In addition to her teaching and advising, she uses her background and expertise to do professional work in hydrology, collaborating with state and local agencies on research projects. Her students have made presentations at regional and national conferences about the research they performed with her.
Diya joined the faculty in 2008 and is an assistant professor of English and a faculty member of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She received the college’s Dick Dyer Award for Outstanding Academic and Personal Advising in 2010.
She is an active scholar in the field of Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms, publishing articles and giving national and international lectures and presentations. She is active with the Arab and Muslim community on campus, holding Arabic conversation groups and various film series and workshops.
Melissa is the director of the Learning Commons, overseeing academic support functions that include tutoring, Disability Resources and Learning Strategies Classes. She serves on the Benefits Committee, chairs the Accessibility Subcommittee of the Diversity Action Committee, and represents Guilford in regional and national organizations for tutoring and developmental education.
Julie is an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, and coordinator of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS). In her first year at Guilford, she organized Take Back the Night, which is now an annual event to raise awareness about sexual assault. For the past three years she has served as faculty advisor to a club of students dedicated to educating fellow students about healthy relationships and assault.
She works with WGSS students to organize panels and the program’s annual conference. Actively involved in scholarship on gender, she is also is a member of the editorial board of Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in sociology.
The annual Stewart Awards were funded by a $1 million gift from former trustee Bill Soles ’81, his sister Jan Soles ’87 and their father, the late W. Roger Soles. The Soles’ gift honors Stewart, a 1961 graduate who has served his alma mater as chair of the Board of Trustees, provost and director of the Richardson Fellows Program, among other roles. Stewart is the retired head of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.