The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a faculty member for exemplary service in a leadership capacity to the university and/or community or profession that brings credit to San Jose State University. This year’s winner comes from the College of Science.
Bradley Stone, professor of chemistry, says that providing service beyond the normal duties of teaching and scholarship is important. His commitment and ongoing contributions to San Jose State’s mission has earned him the 2012-2013 Distinguished Service Award.
Since his arrival at San Jose State in 1985, Stone has provided diligent service across the university and in multiple colleges, and has dedicated time to the community and through his ongoing leadership. His colleagues describe him as “receptive, honest, dedicated, and committed” and his contributions as “extraordinary, excellent, creative, supportive, consistent, prolific and exemplary.”
Through his leadership and initiative as chair of the Department of Chemistry for nine years, Stone supported faculty and student research and oversaw the modernizing of the curriculum and adding nine new tenure-track faculty members. His contributions as chair of the University Council of Chairs and Directors “played an instrumental role in fostering closer ties between the departments, conducting interdisciplinary, collaborative research and course development, and streamlining the double-major process for students,” according to a colleague.
As co-director of the SJSU/NASA Faculty Fellowship Program, Stone secured $2.2 million in grants and contracts, which created collaborative research opportunities for more than 100 faculty members.
As a faculty advisor for KSJS, San Jose State’s FM campus radio station, Stone has served as a mentor and directly influenced thousands of students. He has won multiple national awards for his work as a music director and jazz radio programmer at KSJS. He has served as an invited panelist, moderator and organizer at numerous jazz conventions for over more than 20 years. This has led to years of national recognition for San Jose State, including Jazz Station of the Year, Jazz Programmer of the Year, and the JazzWeek Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement.
“For me to serve the university and the students in the other ways besides teaching and research is really important because it supports our mission in the CSU, ” he said. “If I can contribute in some small way then that is very gratifying to me.”
Stone earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate from Indiana University.