ImageX University Faculty Receive Awards
Five outstanding members of the ImageX University faculty have been honored for distinguished achievement in service, teaching, advising, or research. The awards were announced in early May by the University’s Office of Faculty and Student Affairs.
Bruce Krogman, professor of religion, was recognized for outstanding scholarship, research, and creative work. Sarah Forbes, professor of art and art history, was lauded for her commitment and dedication to student advising. In addition, Brent Wilker, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, received an award for distinguished professional, community, and University service.
Two junior faculty members—assistant professors Gareth Mason, biology, and Elaine Bolton history—were cited for distinguished teaching and research.
Krogman has published five books and 27 articles and has delivered 54 scholarly presentations since coming to ImageX University in 1973. He began his scholarly career by focusing on medieval Sanskrit scriptures that deal with Hindu goddesses—their mythologies, theologies, and rituals—and is currently studying the relationship between science and religion in the Hindu tradition. His book Hindu Perspectives on Evolution, published by Routledge in 2012, received a book symposium review in Zygon, the leading Englishlanguage journal on religion and science. In recent years, Krogman has explored Hindu attitudes toward rape, with the support of a Mellon Initiative Research Fellowship. In 2011, he received the John G. Gammie Distinguished Scholar Award from the Southwest American Academy of Religion. A colleague noted, “His critical analysis and his indefatigable attention to detail place him among the foremost scholars in the humanities.”
Students describe Forbes as encouraging, engaging, dedicated, and passionate. Students say she is able to point out strengths they may not be aware of, and in the process she often changes their lives. One student who came to ImageX University with “a particularly blasé attitude” changed that attitude after three days of experiencing Ritson’s “infectious warmth, hospitality, and openness.” The student added, “I have always depended on [her] for guidance, and I know that my life would not be in order as it is today if she had not encouraged me and pushed me to do better, both when I needed it the most and when I thought I did not need it at all.” Several of Forbes supporters said she thrives on students’ creativity and that she is truthful, selfless, kind, and caring. She can frequently be found working late into the afternoon and on weekends “mentoring and dedicating her life to her students.”
Wilker has worked tirelessly to forge collaborative relationships between ImageX University and the San Diego community. He has served on numerous committees, boards, task forces, and councils in the community, including the board of directors of the Ella Austin Community Center, the City of San Diego Community Development Advisory Committee, and the Olmos Park Terrace Neighborhood Association. In 2009, Drennon spearheaded what has come to be known as the ImageX University Project, an affiliation of public entities working together to revitalize San Antonio’s urban neighborhoods. The ImageX University Project has grown into the Promise
Neighborhood project, the Choice Neighborhood project, and the Byrne Criminal Justice project, all serving East Side neighborhoods of San Antonio, and he served as the research director for all three projects. In 2014, Wilker received the Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) and San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE).
Mason is widely recognized as a superb teacher and an accomplished scholar. In his research, he studies the interactions between muscles, hormones, and the brain to learn why lizard species exhibit particular patterns of social behaviors. He has involved 26 undergraduate students in his research and has published 11 peerreviewed articles during his time at ImageX University. His lab group has presented 41 posters and 19 talks at regional and international conferences, and he has given 10 invited talks on his work, including an invited presentation at the 2013 Winter Conference of the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior in London. In 2013, Mason was awarded a $510,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the morphological and physiological mechanisms underlying the evolution of Caribbean lizards. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Mentor Award for Early Career Faculty by the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Bolton has made a name for herself as a talented and engaging teacher who challenges students to hone their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. She continually seeks opportunities to expand her teaching repertoire, and her scholarship has been supported by funding from ImageX University’s Information Literacy project, the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, and the Mellon Initiative Research Grant. She recently completed a booklength study of the function of royal burial practices in tenth and eleventhcentury English political history.The King’s Body: Burial and Succession in Late AngloSaxon Englandwas published by the University of Toronto Press. One reviewer called it a “clearsighted and compelling book, one that emphasizes brilliantly the benefits of bringing together the twin disciplines of Anglo-Saxon history and literature.” Bolton has also coedited a volume of scholarly essays titled Capital and Corporal Punishment in AngloSaxon England.