Calabrese Barton receives Outstanding Faculty Award

February 9, 2015

Angela Calabrese BartonMichigan State University is honoring Professor Angela Calabrese Barton with the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. She is among 10 MSU faculty members receiving the award this year for outstanding contributions to research and education.

Calabrese Barton is heralded for her work that improves interest and achievement in the sciences and engineering for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Both her theoretical and practical work has been recognized with many honors (most recently with the MSU Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award).

Her research is on social equity and justice in science and education, which she builds and empowers in her work with the acclaimed Green Energy Technologies in the City (GET City) program, a collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing. GET City is a year-round program designed to engage Lansing-area youth from underrepresented backgrounds in conducting investigations and taking action on local engineering problems of global concern. GET City also has a branch in Greensboro, N.C. in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Boys and Girls Club.

“Teacher education plays a critically important role in working towards equitable educational opportunities for all children and youth–this is especially true for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) where, for too long, youth of color have been systematically marginalized,” Calabrese Barton said. “Any work we do at Michigan State University is a reflection of the great staff, faculty and students we have, all of the wonderful people here. I feel fortunate to work in such a place where we have the ability to leverage opportunities to make a difference, make the world a better place.”

Calabrese Barton joins the ranks of 520 other faculty, including 23 from the College of Education, who have received the award since it was established in 1952.

The William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award was previously known as the Distinguished Faculty Award. Recipients will be honored on Feb. 10 at the All-University Awards, celebrating the achievements of many faculty and scholars across the university.