Denetdale receives Presidential Award of Distinction

November 13, 2017

Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Denetdale is one of three UNM faculty who will be honored at the fall commencement ceremony as a 2017 recipient of the Presidential Award of Distinction.

"It is my honor to bestow this award to these three very deserving people, who exemplify what it means to pursue excellence and reach groundbreaking achievements, not only in their respective fields, but also for the good of humanity," said Chaouki Abdallah, UNM Interim President. "They are an inspiration to us all, of what is possible at the University of New Mexico."

The Presidential Award of Distinction is one of the most prestigious recognitions bestowed by the University President. It was established to recognize outstanding career achievement, scholarly excellence, leadership in a profession, noteworthy public service or humanitarian endeavor. The award is an opportunity to acknowledge remarkable individuals, both on campus and throughout New Mexico. Each recipient will be presented with a piece of Native American pottery resting on a personalized, engraved base.

Dr. Denetdale was nominated for this award by Dr. Alex Lubin, Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Development. In his nomination, he said, "While she is a very productive researcher and scholar, what distinguishes Dr. Denetdale is the way she translates knowledge production into community engagement that changes lives for her Navajo relatives as well as for students in her classrooms. Dr. Denetdale's work represents a form of academic labor that makes UNM unique and transformative to the communities we serve."

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