Richmond said Floss received the teaching award based on the “consistent excellence of his teaching and the well documented impact that James has had on his students over the past 26 years,” as noted by the Faculty Awards Committee.
The committee said Floss has received consistently high teaching evaluation scores and praise for his energy and enthusiasm. Students laud his passion for the subject of oral communication, his creative and original style of teaching and his able service as an academic adviser. The Department of Communication also recognizes him for his many contributions to the North Coast community, including the Redwood Curtain Theatre, the Pacific Art Theatre, the Humboldt Area Foundation, Eureka High School, the Freshwater Grange and Arcata’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park and Young People’s Theatre.
Colleagues rate Henkel the world’s leading tropical forest mycologist. In the past 10 years, he has contributed more than 40 publications to peer-reviewed journals. He recently received a National Science Foundation award to support his studies in the tropical forests of Guyana. His teaching duties have included lower and upper division courses in the department’s biology, botany and zoology majors, as well as general education courses. His major advances in understanding forest diversity, particularly the roles of fungi in tropical systems, “have resulted in Dr. Henkel being held in very high regard by his national and international colleagues, as well as his colleagues at HSU,” the committee added.
An awards reception is scheduled today at 5:30 p.m. at Baywood Golf and Country Club and the honorees will be invited to present a public lecture during the 2012–2013 academic year.