For over 50 years, the UConn Alumni Faculty Excellence Awards have served as an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of our University’s faculty members to the institution, their current and former students, and their respective areas of academic discipline. As a top 25 public university in the nation, UConn understands the value of excellence in teaching, groundbreaking research, and meaningful mentorship of students. Our faculty strive to remain high standards for teaching and research, impacting the lives of students and the growth of our community through their work. This year’s honorees have played an important role in creating new knowledge, addressing, and better understanding pressing societal issues, and preparing students for success after graduation. They are role models for all members of UConn Nation!

Meet the 2020 Faculty Excellence Honorees

Amy Dunbar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Accounting, School of Business

Amy Dunbar is an associate professor of Accounting at the University of Connecticut. Dunbar earned her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin after a career in industry working for such organizations KPMG and the IRS. Dunbar’s research interests are in the tax policy area, particularly the intersection of accounting and tax regulation. She is a recipient of two IRS grants to examine corporate tax aggressiveness. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Taxation Association, the National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review, Journal of Public Economics, and Tax Notes. She is also a co-author of two BNA portfolios relating to accounting for income taxes. In addition to her teaching and research interests, she participates actively in the American Taxation Association and received its 2008 Outstanding Service Award.

Dunbar currently teaches in the doctoral, MSA, and undergraduate accounting programs. She has taught Introduction to Taxation, Taxation for Business Entities, Tax Research, Research for Accounting Professionals, and Data Analysis. She has received departmental and school-wide teaching awards for her teaching in UConn’s online MSA program.

Amy Dunbar
Ann Bucklin, Ph.D.

Professor, Marine Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ann Bucklin is a professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her research focus is the molecular ecology and evolution of zooplankton. Her laboratory group uses diverse molecular approaches to study population genetics / genomics, phylogeography, biodiversity, and evolution of marine holozooplankton, especially copepods and euphausiids. Ann Bucklin and her research team members have participated in oceanographic field campaigns in many ocean basins; she has a special appreciation for the beauty and remaining mysteries of Arctic and Antarctic regions. During 2004-2010, she was the lead scientist for a Census of Marine Life ocean realm field project, the Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ), which sought to produce a global assessment of zooplankton diversity. She also chaired the ICES Working Group on Integrative Morphological and Molecular Taxonomy (WGIMT) during 2011-2017. She is now leading a new SCOR Working Group (WG157): Toward a new global view of marine zooplankton biodiversity based on DNA metabarcoding and reference DNA sequence databases (MetaZooGene).

Bucklin earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley, with postdoctoral studies at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Marine Biological Association of the UK. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Norway (1992-1993) and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement for Science (1995).

Ann Bucklin
Noël A. Cazenave, Ph.D.

Professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Noel Cazenave is a professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He is also on the faculty of the Urban and Community Studies Program located at UConn’s Hartford Campus and a faculty affiliate with UConn’s Africana Studies Institute and its American Studies Program. His research interests are in sociology as well as numerous other social sciences and academic disciplines, largely for what they offer as instruments of human liberation from social and economic oppression and for the realization of our full potential as human beings.

His most recent work is in the areas of: racism theory, U.S. poverty policy, political sociology, urban sociology, criminal justice, the sociology of emotions, and kindness. In addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, Noel Cazenave coauthored Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America’s Poor, which won five book awards, and has since published Impossible Democracy: The Unlikely Success of the War on Poverty Community Action Programs, The Urban Racial State: Managing Race Relations in American Cities, and Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language. His most recently published book is Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism. The goal of his current book project, which is tentatively entitled Kindness Wars: The History and Political Economy of Human Caring, is to develop a large, robust, and politically-engaged conceptualization of kindness; one which he hopes will restore kindness to its rightful place in serious social discourse and debates about human nature and possibilities. His life goals can be summed up as “Liberation through Struggle” and “Serenity through Practice.”

Noel Cazenave