Dean Edmund Peckham Award for Merit

Annually, the CSUN Alumni Association presents the Merit Award, recognizing an emeritus or retired member of the faculty or staff who is loyal to and supportive of the university. Recipients of the award have maintained close ties to the college and continue to contribute to the university's mission of supporting and promoting the welfare and intellectual progress of students. In 2008, the award was renamed in honor of its first recipient, Dean Edmund Peckham, for his continued loyalty and support of the university over four decades.

Richard Smith -- 2015 Recipient
Friend of the University

Richard, a beloved psychology professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who began teaching at CSUN in 1965. Richard was chosen as CSUN’s 1991-92 Professor of the Year. Richard, who earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Regis College in Denver and a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder is a two-time Distinguished Faculty Award winner at CSUN. Richard was nominated twice by his students for “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” and was twice the recipient of the CSUN Student Ambassadors’ Polished Apple Award.

Since retirement, Richard has continued his devotion to CSUN. Through his generosity, Richard underwrites the twice-annual Richard W. Smith Lecture in Cultural Studies event. His gift enables donors, faculty and students to participate in the event, which features prominent, compelling, timely, published scholars who speak to a variety of current topics and address compelling societal phenomenon. Through his establishment of the Richard W. Smith Endowment for Cultural Studies, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, his gift enables the study of indigenous cultures. The endowment also includes the Richard W. Smith Professor in Cultural Studies and the Richard W. Smith Student Awards in Cultural Studies. (This information was obtained from the CSUN website.)