The Teaching Excellence program is an opportunity to recognize individuals for their contributions to the University through excellence as teachers. The selection of excellent university teachers is based upon knowledge of subject matter; quality of lectures and assignments; enthusiasm for teaching; interest in and availability to students; sensitivity to the learning environment; effectiveness as a teacher as assessed through student, peer, and alumni evaluations; commitment to continuous improvement of their own classroom teaching; and contributions to the quality of teaching within the University through assistance and encouragement of other faculty.
Each College of the University selects a member of its faculty to receive a Teaching Excellence Award. During this convocation, each College recipient will also be recognized with a University Teaching Excellence Award.
The Teaching Excellence program has been rewarding teaching excellence at Stephen F. Austin State University since the program's inception in 1994.
This year's awards will take place on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015.
TEACHING EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS 2015
2015: Mr. Neal Cox: College of Fine Arts
Neal Cox, an associate professor in the School of Art, joined the SFA faculty in 2007 after working as an adjunct instructor and master printer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his MFA and BFA degrees in Art, specializing in printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2004) and Brigham Young University (2002) respectively. Mr. Cox has exhibited his work in a range of solo, group, and juried exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has conducted workshops within the region and taught printmaking and book arts during summer programming in Florence Italy at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. His research interests focus on antiquated printmaking and photographic processes as well as book arts.
2015: Dr. Thomas Segady, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Tom Segady joined SFA as a member of the Department of Sociology in 1988, after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Denver. With primary interests in classical sociological theory and the sociology of religion, he has published several articles in these areas, and taught many courses during his time at SFA, including classes in the sociology of India, genetics, social change and ethics, and globalization. He has also taught at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and at the University of Pune in India, as a recipient of a Fulbright award. He is also a student of violin at the SFA Music Prep Center and a proud member of the Texas Horny Toad Preservation Society.
2015: Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, Perkins College of Education
Dr. Mary Catherine Breen joined the College of Education in 2007 as Project Director for ENLACE, a federal professional development grant. In 2011 she joined the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership as an assistant professor, shortly after funding a second federal grant, CONFIANZA, for which she currently serves as Principal Investigator. Dr. Breen holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, an MA in English from SFA, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from SFA. She involves students in inquiries related to disciplinary literacy and English as a second language and leads urban education field experience partnerships with Houston schools.
2015: Dr. Michael Maurer: Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Michael Maurer joined the faculty of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in Fall 2006 after positions at Texas Tech University and the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and M.S. and B.S. from California State University, Fresno. He currently teaches a diversity of horticulture courses in plant physiology, greenhouse management, floriculture, weed science, irrigation, plant protection and turfgrass science. Directed undergraduate and graduate research has focused on plant growth and development related to plant nutrient management and plant water relations
2015: Dr. Kelly Noe: Rusche College of Business
Dr. Kelly Noe, CPA, CGMA serves as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy. Dr. Noe taught as a lecturer at SFA in 2005 and 2006 and then returned as a tenure track faculty member in 2010. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, her Masters from Stephen F. Austin and her undergraduate degree from The University of South Carolina Dr. Noe is an award winning teacher as well as researcher. She teaches accounting information systems, intermediate accounting and graduate accounting research. Dr. Noe has published numerous articles in the short time since she earned her Ph.D. in 2011. She has served as the Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi from the day she arrived on campus. Dr. Noe is active in the community serving as the Treasurer for the Piney Woods Cattle Barron's Gala, the Humane Society of Angelina County, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association Auxiliary.
2015: Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Kwiatkowski joined the Department of Biology in 2006 after a position as a Lecturer at Arizona State University. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology at New Mexico State University, an M.A. in Biology from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Biology at Arizona State University. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in evolutionary genetics at Colorado State University. His research and teaching focus on the evolution, ecology, and conservation of vertebrate animals, especially reptiles and amphibians. He has mentored graduate and undergraduate students at SFA in projects that include the ecology of turtles, the conservation of frogs, and the genetics of the Louisiana Pine Snake. Much of his work has been funded by state and federal agencies, including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the U.S. Forest Service.
2015: Mr. James Faucett: College of Fine Arts (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
James Faucett has been an adjunct faculty member at the SFA School of Music since 2007, where he teaches group piano classes for music majors. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at SFA in piano performance with a pedagogy emphasis. Mr. Faucett's private piano studies were with Andrew Parr and pedagogy with Shirley Watterston. He was an instructor at Panola College in Carthage, Texas from 2003 to 2007 where he taught applied piano, group piano classes, and accompanied the show choir. Mr. Faucett also teaches piano privately and is active in the community as a church musician.
Previous Years Teaching Excellence Recipients
2014: Dr. Keith New (Adjunct Award)
2014: Dr. Jeff Roth, College of Liberal & Applied Arts
2014: Dr. Jannah Nerren, Perkins College of Education
2014: Dr. Matthew McBroom, College of Forestry & Agriculture
2014: Dr. Stephen Kosovich, Rusche College of Business
2014: Dr. Keith Hubbard, College of Sciences & Mathematics
2014: Dr. Angela Bacarisse, College of Fine Arts
2013: Dr. Keaton Grubbs, Business Comm & Legal Studies
2013: Dr. Josephine Taylor, Biology
2013: Dr. Warren Conway, Forestry
2013: Dr. Ginger Kelso, Human Services
2013: Dr. Dusty Jenkins, Psychology
2013: Dr. Tim King, Music
2012: Dr. Heather Olsen Beal, Secondary Education & Ed Leadership
2012: Dr. Clint Richardson, Mathematics
2012: Dr. Erin Brown, Agriculture
2012: Dr. Lauren McAdams Selden, Art
2012: Dr. Betty Johnson, General Business
2012: Dr. Louise Stoehr, Modern Languages
2011: Dr. Lesa Beverly, Mathematics
2011: Dr. Chris Comer, Forestry
2011: Dr. Gary Wurtz, Music
2011: Dr. Linda Bond, Global Media & Contemporary Culture
2011: Dr. Cay MacAninch, Elementary Education
2011: Dr. Elton Scifres, Management, Marketing and Intl Business
2010: Dr. Alan Nielsen, Theatre
2010: Dr. Dana Cooper, History
2010:Dr. Tim Clipson, Business Comm & Legal Studies
2010: Dr. Roy Joe Harris, Mathematics
2010: Dr. Janet Tareilo, Secondary Education
2010: Dr. Michael Fountain, Forestry
2009: Dr. Brian Oswald, Forestry
2009:Dr. Dianne Dentice, Social & Cultural Analysis
2009: Dr. Beth Brice, Bus Comm & Legal Studies
2009: Dr. Wayne Boring, Chemistry
2009: Dr. Kim Archer, Education
2009: Dr. Stephen Lias, Music
2008: Dr. Jill Carrington, Art
2008: Dr. Mark Scanlan, Economics & Finance
2008: Dr. I-Kuai Hung, Forestry
2008: Dr. Michele Harris, Chemistry
2008: Dr. Sharon Templeman, Social Work
2008: Dr. Vi Alexander, Education
2007: Ms. Leisha Bridwell, Human Sciences
2007: Dr. Phil Stetz, Management, Marketing and Intl Business
2007: Dr. Alyx Frantzen, Chemistry
2007: Dr. Rick Jones, Theatre
2007: Dr. Doyle Srader, Communication
2007: Dr. Kenneth Farrish, Forestry/Envrionmental Science
2006: Dr. Wanda Mouton, Communication
2005: Dr. Alan Sowards, Elementary Education
2004 Dr James Garrett, College of Sciences & Mathematics
2003: Dr. Dan Bruton
2002: Ms. Shirley Waterston, Music
2001: Dr. Suszy Weems, Human Sciences
2000: Dr. Rachel Underwood, Human Sciences
1999: Dr. Marsha Bayless, Business Communication
1998: Dr. Thomas Callaway, Physics and Astronomy
1997: Dr. David Jones, Music
1996: Dr. Allen Oster, Theatre
1995: Dr. Robert Szafran, Sociology