2013-14 Distinguished Faculty Awardees
Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
Margaret Brabant, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
In 1996, Brabant founded Butler University's Center for
Citizenship and Community (CCC) and served as its director for a
decade. She developed and coordinated service-learning
opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and community members
and oversaw the development of dozens of interdisciplinary and
inter-college service-learning courses.
She has published works on the service-learning pedagogy,
medieval political philosophy, and feminist thought. Her scholarly
and teaching interests converge in her concern to help develop a
more informed and involved citizenry.
Brabant joined the Butler faculty in 1991 and continues to serve
the University and support civic engagement efforts through her
roles as an Indianapolis Community Requirement Fellow, her work on
the Faculty Development Committee, and her tenure as chair of
Butler's Faculty Senate (2010-2014). She has been an Indiana Campus
Compact Senior Fellow and is a member of the inaugural class of
fellows of the National Center for Science and Civic
The University Award for Distinguished Faculty Service and
Leadership honors a faculty member whose service has improved the
University or the wider community through professional service.
Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creative
Peter Grossman, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Grossman has held the Clarence Efromyson Chair since joining the
COB faculty in 1994. He has taught 13 different Butler courses, of
which he created five and revived several others that had not been
offered for years.
He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Houston (UH) in
2012 and is currently a Research Associate of the Hobby Center for
Public Policy at UH.
Grossman has published more than 200 works, including articles
for both scholarly and general publications, and numerous
commentaries published in, among many others, the Wall Street
Journal and the Christian Science Monitor.
He is the author or editor of seven books, covering a range of
topics from U.S. business history to the intersection of law and
economics, and, most especially, the history and economics of
energy and public policy. His latest book,U.S. Energy Policy
and the Pursuit of Failure(Cambridge University Press, 2013) is an
analytic history of American energy policy.
In the early 1990s, he was a Research Associate at the Center
for the Study of American Business directed by the late Murray
Weidenbaum, who had been Chair of the President's Council of
The University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship, or
Creative Work is the highest accolade a faculty member can receive
that honors her or his body of substantial scholarly achievement
accomplished as a faculty member of Butler University.
Award for Distinguished Teaching
Diane Timmerman, MFA
Professor of Theatre
For the past 20 years, Timmerman has taught a wide range of
courses in acting and voice for the actor for Butler theatre majors
and in the Core Curriculum. She is a Designated Linklater Voice
Teacher, one of about 150 certified teachers in the
She administers the Christel DeHaan Visiting International
Theatre Artist program at Butler, complementing her love of
learning and teaching about international theatre practices. She
taught on the spring 2010 voyage for the Semester at Sea
The Producing Artistic Director of the Heartland Actors'
Repertory Theatre (HART), Timmerman produces the popular free
Shakespeare program in Indianapolis's White River State Park. Nine
Butler students will intern for HART during summer 2014.
The University Award for Distinguished Teaching celebrates
faculty who have demonstrated outstanding effort, accomplishment,
and dedicated service to Butler students' best educational
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