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Darren Tanner, Linguistics, named Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar

11/9/2016  8:00 am

Darren Tanner, Linguistics, is one of six assistant professors in the College of LAS who have been recognized as Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholars.

Selected faculty will retain the Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award for two years, receiving $5,000 in discretionary research funding each of those years. Five additional assistant professors—tenure track faculty who have not yet been reviewed for tenure appointments—will be selected for the spring semester.

In his fourth year as an assistant professor, Tanner has emerged as one of the most prominent faculty members in his department. His field of research concerns language processing and representation in the brain, with particular focus on bilinguals. Published in several major journals, he is much sought after by other researchers on campus with similar research interests. He’s also popular with students, showing up almost every semester on the list of teachers ranked as excellent.

Other faculty members selected for this fall’s awards are Ikuko Asaka, history; Stephen Chaudoin, political science; Alison Fout, chemistry; Daniel Hyde, psychology; and Lijun Liu, geology.

Feng Sheng Hu, professor of plant biology and Ralph E. Grim Professor of Geology, and associate dean for physical and life sciences in LAS, said recipients were determined by a committee of six distinguished senior faculty, who selected LEAP Scholars based on scholarly productivity and contributions to the educational mission of their departments and the college. Nominations for the award came from college department heads, in response to an open call.

“In particular, we sought nominations for faculty who have demonstrated exceptional promise of becoming a leading scholar and teacher,” Hu said.

Chair of committee was Kelly Ritter, professor of English and provost fellow for undergraduate education. She said this semester’s recipients were selected from a field of 29 nominees.