SSU Art History Professor Awarded $20,000 for
Extraordinary Contributions to Teaching
Susan McKillop, a Sonoma State University professor of art history, has
been named one of the 2004 recipients of the prestigious California State
University Wang Family Excellence Award in the Visual & Performing
Arts and Letters.
Each year, four faculty and one administrator from throughout the CSU
system each receive $20,000 awards. This is the sixth year the awards
have been given.
A 27-year veteran of Sonoma State, McKillop compiled an outstanding record
in teaching and research. She received Sonoma State's Excellence in Teaching
Award in 1999 and its Faculty Research Award in 1992.
McKillop has been a caring mentor to students and an active faculty member
who served for 8 years on the CSU Statewide Academic Senate, where she
was head of its task force on Master Plan Strategy. She served her campus
as chair of the art department and as a long-standing member of the campus
academic senate and its executive committee.
She contributed to the public as a member of the board of directors of
Sacramento's Crocker Art Gallery Association and as a statewide voice
for arts in the inner city and rural high schools. Characterized as "passionate
in the pursuit of excellence," her broad knowledge of the cultural milieu
brings an added dimension to her wide-ranging presentations in art history.
Her pioneering use of technology allows students to access an array of
art images, while her focus on students brings them invaluable "hands-on"
experience as peer teachers, cataloguers, and scholarly presenters. Her
work in campus academic planning helped determine the character of SSU.
In 1998-99 the Consortium of Public Liberal Arts Colleges named SSU its
sole institutional member in California.
She received her bachelor's from the University of Missouri in English
and Journalism, her master's from UC Berkeley in painting, her doctorate
from Harvard University in Italian Renaissance Art History. Her groundbreaking
work on the patronage of Cosimo de Medici, leading statesman of Renaissance
Florence, is reshaping scholarship in her field.
The Wang award was established in fall 1998, when then-Trustee Stanley
T. Wang provided $1 million to reward outstanding faculty and administrators.
The award is designed to "celebrate those CSU faculty and administrators
who through extraordinary commitment and dedication have distinguished
themselves in their academic disciplines and areas of assignment."
The other 2004 Wang Award recipients are Martin G. Brodwin, Cal State
Los Angeles, Education, and Professional and Applied Science Fields; Stanley
M. Burstein, Cal State Los Angeles, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and
Public Services; Rikk G. Kvitek, CSU Monterey Bay, Natural Sciences, Mathematical
and Computer Sciences, and Engineering; and Sally F. Roush, San Diego
State University, University Administrator.
McKillop and the other winners will be honored at a recognition ceremony
at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting on May 18.
Wang, who in fall 2000 gave an additional $1.2 million to establish student
and faculty travel scholarships for China study, is the largest individual
donor to the CSU system office.
NOTE TO EDITORS: A digital photo of Dr. McKillop is available upon request.