Outstanding College Service Awards Announced


Gregory Ferrence, Gary Creasey, and Lance Lippert

The Outstanding College Service Award Selection Committee has announced the 2013-2014 recipients of the Outstanding College Service Awards: Gregory Ferrence, Professor of Chemistry; Gary Creasey, Professor of Psychology; and Lance Lippert, Associate Professor of Communication. Each year the committee selects one winner from each of the College’s three divisions: science/mathematics, the social sciences and the humanities.

Gregory Ferrence, Professor of Chemistry, earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate from Purdue University. Ferrence joined the Illinois State faculty in 1999, after completing two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Alberta and Los Alamos National Laboratory, respectively. Of his many service activities, he has received the most national and international attention for his involvement with the American Chemical Society (ACS), the professional society of chemists. He was appointed to the National Ethics Committee of the ACS when it was first formed in 2006 and has served as an associate member or member since that time. In 2012 he became chair of the committee. Dr. Ferrence also has a long record of service at Illinois State University. In addition to serving as a member of the University Curriculum Committee, he has served on the Honors Council, as the Department Honors Coordinator, and as a faculty mentor for an Honors floor.

Gary Creasey, Professor of Psychology, earned his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. He came to Illinois State in 1989, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont. Dr. Creasey’s service efforts on behalf of the department, college, and university are driven by a strong sense of social justice and a commitment to cultivating student interest in civic engagement. After learning of a grant program funded by the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline that sends Illinois State students on a multiple-day field trip to observe Chicago Public Schools, he secured funding for his Adolescent Development class to take such a trip and then built that experience into the course in creative, thought-provoking ways. He is now the Assistant Director of a twenty-four million dollar grant that is funded by the Department of Education that is earmarked toward preparing pre-service education majors to take teaching positions in these diverse, urban schools. Creasey has also served as chair of Illinois State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of three high-quality, peer-reviewed journals.

Lance Lippert, Associate Professor of Communication, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays University and his doctorate from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He joined the ISU faculty in 2000. He currently serves as Director of Illinois State’s Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor—an initiative of the campus American Democracy Project and the first minor of its kind at a state university in Illinois. He has held numerous offices in regional and national associations, including the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. He presently serves as an elected Member at Large on the Executive Committee of the Central States Communication Association. Dr. Lippert has also served on the editorial boards of several communication journals, including the Basic Communication Course Annual, Communication Studies, Communication Teacher, and the Journal of Personal and Social Relationships. Community organizations with which he has worked include the Optimists Club and United Way McLean County.


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