Outstanding Awards of Recognition

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CFA wishes to recognize all our faculty accomplishments. Those individuals who have received formal awards and honors as listed below, and all CFA faculty whose accomplishments are chronicled in our annual publication of scholarly and creative works. We also acknowledge all CFA faculty and staff who contribute to the education of our students through delivering the highest-quality teaching and support services expected of an LMU education.

Louvenia Jackson | Marital and Family (Art) Therapy
Southern California Art Therapy Association (SCATA) Distinguished Service Award, 2021
LMU Ascending Scholar Award, 2020

Jackson was honored for her progress in scholarly and creative activity, including her 2020 publication “Cultural Humility in Art Therapy: The balance of creativity, introspection, and advocacy.”
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Kathleen Fogel-Richmond | Marital and Family (Art) Therapy
Southern California Art Therapy Association (SCATA) Distinguished Educator Award, 2021

Fogel-Richmond exhibits transformative success pivoting practicum sites to virtually delivered telehealth, providing placements for students and psychotherapy for underserved communities during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.
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Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo | Dance
LMU Excellence in Extramural Funding Award, 2020
Graves Award in the Humanities, 2013-2015 Cycle

Loo has won multiple awards for her documentary film, "Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters." Said Loo, “Learning a historic dance is inherently ethnographic research because infused within the details of the movement – are the aesthetic and moral values of the individual within their culture."
Dean Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, College of Communication and Fine Arts
Bryant Keith Alexander | Dean
Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award, 2020
Ethnography Division Legacy Award, National Communication Association, 2019
NCA Ethnography Division Best Special Journal Issue Award, 2018
NCA Randy Majors Award for GLBTQ Scholarship, 2016

Alexander is the dean of the LMU College of Communication and Fine Arts, as well as a noted performance, culture and communication studies scholar and author.
Melody Rod-ari | Art History
LMU Ascending Scholar, 2019

Rod-ari's research investigates the development and evolution of Buddhist art in Southeast Asia with focus on modern and contemporary Buddhist visual culture in Thailand.
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Catharine Dada | Theatre Arts
Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, 2019

Dada is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts who uses her extensive knowledge of spirituality and theatre to help students find their voice.
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Nina Lozano | Communication Studies
NCA Feminist & Women's Studies Scholar-Activist Award, 2018

Nina Lozano, associate professor of communication studies, received this award in honor of her valuable contribution to feminist studies and her tireless activism in service of eradicating gendered violence.
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Kristo Gobin | Communication Studies
LMU Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, Spring 2018

Gobin's classes explore empathy, community, inclusion, social justice, compassion, and love. He believes scholarship is at its best when it is fully embodied so that it lives through each of us – in the work we do, the relationships we cultivate, and how we include others.
Judith Royer, CSJ | Theatre Arts
Rains Award for Excellence in Service, 2016
Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
ATHE Playwriting Award Renamed in her Honor

Professor Royer has taught for more than 40 years in almost all aspects of theater, from playwriting to acting, directing and producing.
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Charles Peterson | Art History
Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, Spring 2016

Peterson's published work studies themes of deception and sensory perception in the areas of Dutch illusionistic painting and the scientific, religious, and legal fields of seventeenth-century Europe.
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Debra Linesch | Marital and Family (Art) Therapy
American Art Therapy Association's Distinguished Educator Award, 2015

This award is conferred on an AATA member in recognition of significant contributions to education in the field of art therapy, specifically in the area of outstanding teaching and the development of innovative educational practices.
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John Todd | Dance
Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, Fall 2015

Todd believed teaching brings out the best and expands every possibility in this world. Frustration turns to winning, tears turn to laughter, hard work and showing up cross fade to success.
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Neno Pervan | Theatre Arts
LMU Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, Fall 2014

Pervan has been teaching at LMU since 2007. Classes taught include Theatre History, Beginning Acting, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, and Voice and Movement.