Year-End Awards Presented to Susquehanna University Faculty
Published on May 16, 2012
Two Susquehanna University faculty members received academic awards for exemplary service to the institution at the school’s May 13 commencement ceremony.
Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics, was awarded the John C. Horn Lectureship for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. The award is named for a former longtime member and chair of Susquehanna’s board of trustees. As this year’s recipient, Rousu will deliver a public lecture during the 2012–13 academic year.
Rousu earned his doctorate degree from Iowa State University and joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 2004. As an economist, he uses experimental auctions to study agricultural and environmental economics, and public health topics, including how packaging affects cigarette purchases. He consults as an expert in experimental auction design and other topics for both governmental and non-governmental agencies. Rousu also researches poker-playing, examining poker players’ behaviors after an adverse event, the motivations for playing online poker and factors that affect a player's earnings. He has served as a source for magazines and newspapers on issues relating to both poker and the economy. Rousu’s primary teaching interests include microeconomics, political-economic thought, experimental economics and game theory. He was recently elected a member of the Susquehanna University Board of Trustees.
“His research has been recognized with awards from professional organizations, and he has received significant external funding to support his work,” said University President L. Jay Lemons in presenting the award to Rousu.
Glen Retief, assistant professor of English and creative writing, was honored with the Susquehanna University Teaching Award. Retief earned his doctorate degree in English literature and creative writing from Florida State University before joining Susquehanna in 2007. A writer who grew up in apartheid South Africa, he immigrated to the United States in 1994. Retief has worked as an instructor of homeless, HIV-positive substance abusers, a needle-exchange advocate, an English as a Second Language teacher, and a teacher of high school students with learning disabilities. His many publishing credits include, most recently, his memoir, “The Jack Bank,” about growing up white and gay in apartheid South Africa. He teaches intermediate and advanced courses in memoir and personal essay, introductory courses in creative nonfiction, occasional fiction workshops, and literature and composition courses. He also takes Susquehanna students to South Africa every other year as part of the university’s Global Opportunities (GO) program.
“Students trust [him] to be completely honest, candid and fair, yet respectful of their ideas and efforts,” one of Retief’s nominations read. “Without flattery or arrogance, he gets to the heart of the writing and solicits the best that an individual has to offer.”
Karen M. Jones