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Bentley, Mitchell, Stoynoff named distinguished scholars

Three Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty members have been named 2011 Distinguished Faculty Scholars.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [3-30-11]

Three Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty members have been named 2011 Distinguished Faculty Scholars.

Michael Bentley, Martin Mitchell and Stephen Stoynoff will hold the title of Distinguished Faculty Scholar for the duration of their tenure at Minnesota State Mankato. The award honors faculty members who have distinguished themselves as outstanding scholars, and whose work has earned national or international recognition.

Award recipients must be tenured professors with at least eight years of service at Minnesota State Mankato. This year’s recipients were selected by a faculty research committee and will be honored at an April 19 luncheon.

Bentley, a biological sciences professor and “functional anatomist” with an interest in tissue function and structure, has been a Minnesota State Mankato faculty member since 1989. His research focuses on the arrangement of small blood vessels in the kidney and other organs, helping doctors diagnose chronic diseases.

Bentley has been a high-tech imaging innovator, using X-ray tomography, three-dimensional images and micro-computed tomography. He recently received a National Science Foundation grant to purchase a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope for Minnesota State Mankato.

He has made many presentations at national and international scientific meetings, and his work has been published in top-rated scientific journals. He is a strong proponent of student research, involving many of his students in his work.

Mitchell has been a Minnesota State Mankato geography faculty member since 1993. His research focuses on human-environment relationships and is the subject of frequent social policy discussions. Mitchell uses cutting-edge geospatial technologies – satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems – as well as traditional landscape interpretation to gather information.

His work has been published regularly in academic journals, and he has written many professional reports and made presentations at numerous academic conferences. He also researches and writes about strategic issues related to classified intelligence.

Students often are co-authors and co-presenters with Mitchell. He has mentored 21 master’s-degree students, and his grants and contracts pay much of the educational costs for his graduate-student advisees.

Stoynoff is recognized as a leading researcher in the teaching English to speakers of other languages. His leading-edge scholarship has been published by many influential applied linguistics journals, and his work has improved the professional practice of second-language testing.

He has served on numerous national and international scholarly boards and advisory groups, including the board of the international teaching English to speakers of other languages association. He also has been editor of TESOL Journal, on the editorial board of English Language Teaching Journal, and on the Educational Testing Service’s national test development group for licensing teachers to English speakers of other languages.

At Minnesota State Mankato Stoynoff has served as his department’s graduate coordinator, graduate faculty member, head of the TESL program, and chair of student thesis committees.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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