During the spring semester, School of Public Health-Bloomington Clinical Professor Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin is one of two faculty members to have received the Distinguished Service Award from the university. This award recognizes faculty members for exemplary service to IU, their profession or a discipline. In addition, recipients of the Distinguished Service Award demonstrate effective engagement with organizations outside of the university, including the local community and communities around the world.
The awards were announced by Eliza Pavalko, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at IU Bloomington in May 2017.
“It is a great privilege to recognize these deserving faculty members,” Pavalko said. “…Professors [Beth] Gazley and Sherwood-Laughlin have demonstrated outstanding service to the campus, their academic disciplines and the community. Congratulations for these honors.”
Sherwood-Laughlin played a key role in the ongoing accreditation of the Master of Public Health degree program at IU Bloomington and in the transition from the former School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to the School of Public Health-Bloomington.
An authority on sexuality education, childhood obesity and other public health topics, she is frequently invited to consult and give presentations. In 2014, she was honored for her leadership in teaching and service with the school’s Distinguished Service Award and with the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award for innovative public health programming from the Indiana Public Health Association.
She has served on the Bloomington Faculty Council, is a current faculty representative on the Office of Student Ethics, Student Academic and Behavioral Misconduct Board, and has been assistant chair of the Department of Applied Health Science since 2008. She is past president of the Indiana Public Health Association.
Steve Hinnefeld, IU Communications, contributed to this article