Judith H. Stiehm receives top faculty honor at Faculty Convocation

Professor Judith H. Stiehm came away with the top honor Sept. 26 at the annual Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony when she received the 2013 President’s Council Worlds Ahead Faculty Award.

Stiehm, who teaches politics and international relations in the School of International and Public Affairs, arrived at FIU in 1987 to serve as provost and academic vice president. Following a four-year administrative stint, she assumed her post in the then-Department of Political Science in 1991. She has continued to serve FIU as an engaged scholar and teacher ever since.

“I’m flabbergasted and greatly honored,” Stiehm said. “It thrills me to be part of a community where everyone is engaged with each other and where there is still that frontier vigor from when I first came to FIU.”

Her peers in academia regard Stiehm as a pioneer in her field, breaking barriers by entering what was a largely male discipline and earning her doctorate in political theory from Columbia University in 1969.

In the 44 years since, Stiehm has distinguished herself in her field, serving on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Military and as a consultant to the United Nations Commission for the Advancement of Women and the Lessons Learned Unit of the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations, among other efforts.

Her accomplishments have led to her being awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished Civilian Service Medal as well as the American Political Science Association’s Frank Goodnow Award, the highest honor in the discipline.

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