Stephen F. Austin State University

Teaching Excellence Awards

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 Tuesday, April 11th, 2017.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS 2017

2017: Dr. Kyle Jones, Nelson Rusche College of Business
2017: Dr. Kyle Jones, Nelson Rusche College of Business

Dr. Kyle Jones, associate professor of finance, joined the Nelson Rusche College of Business faculty in 2000. He earned his doctoral degree in finance from the University of Mississippi, and his master of science in business administration and bachelor's degree in computer science from Georgia Southwestern College.

Jones serves as a faculty advisor for the nationally recognized and award-winning Mast Student Investment Roundtable and holds the Certified Financial Analyst designation. His teaching and research interests include international finance, corporate and managerial finance, and risk management.

2017: Dr. David A. Lewis, College of Fine Arts
2017: Dr. David A. Lewis, College of Fine Arts

In 1995, Dr. David A. Lewis, professor of art history in SFA's School of Art, joined the SFA faculty after previously teaching modern art at the University of Georgia and Hamilton College. He graduated cum laude from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor's degree in art and philosophy. He earned his Master of Arts and doctoral degree in art history from Indiana University.

Lewis' responsibilities on campus include mentoring students as art editor for SFASU Press. He served as director of the School of Art. He also oversaw the development of an off-campus gallery, which is now the Ed and Gwen Cole Art Center, and co-founded LaNana Creek Press as editor.

Lewis' contributions to the university include expanding the art and photographic history curriculum, promoting a course in professional practices and establishing a graduate certificate program in museum studies. Additionally, Lewis initiated SFA's School of Art's exchange program with Libera Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, and has organized more than 30 exhibitions. Among his notable publications are studies of American artists Rico Lebrun, Corinne Michael West and John Heliker. Lewis is an authority on the work of photographer Frank Dituri. Some of Lewis's articles have been translated into Italian, Russian and Spanish.

2017: Dr. Christina Sinclair, James I. Perkins College of Education
2017: Dr. Christina Sinclair, James I. Perkins College of Education

Dr. Christina Sinclair, interim associate dean for assessment and accountability for the College of Education and associate professor, joined SFA's Department of Kinesiology and Health Science moving from the University of Northern Colorado, where she worked for 12 years. Sinclair received tenure in 2006.

Sinclair graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a master's degree in education from Sul Ross State University and a doctoral degree in physical education with a minor in educational psychology from the University of New Mexico.

Sinclair's areas of interest include participation in physical activity, especially through quality kindergarten through 12th grade physical education, and increasing children's intrinsically motivated free-time physical activity. She helps teachers, as well as SFA students, learn about creating accessible climates in physical activity settings, alternative curriculum, instructional models and assessment.

2017: Dr. Joe Bray, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
2017: Dr. Joe Bray, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Dr. Joey Bray, chair for the Department of Agriculture and associate professor, joined SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 2002. He also serves as director of poultry science, which includes SFA's Broiler Research Center and Poultry Research Center.

Bray received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in agriculture from SFA and his doctoral degree in poultry management from Texas A&M University. He teaches numerous undergraduate and graduate poultry science courses and introductory livestock anatomy and physiology for the animal science curriculum at SFA.

His research focuses on poultry management practices such as nutritional feed additives, poultry health, poultry lighting, poultry husbandry and welfare, and the environmental impacts of commercial poultry production.

2017: Dr. Jessie Sams, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
2017: Dr. Jessie Sams, College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Dr. Jessie Sams, associate professor of linguistics in the Department of English and Creative Writing, joined the SFA faculty in 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science in English from Truman State University and both her Master of Arts and doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Her primary teaching and research interests include English grammar, history of the English language and invented languages.

2017: Dr. Joe Musser, College of Sciences and Mathematics
2017: Dr. Joe Musser, College of Sciences and Mathematics
In 2008, Dr. Joe Musser, associate professor, joined SFA's Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy faculty. Musser received a Bachelor of Science in education from West Texas State University in 1988 and his doctoral degree in physics from Texas A&M University in 2006.

Prior to joining the SFA faculty, Musser taught calculus, physics and physical science at Caprock High School in Amarillo.

In 2011, the Optical Society honored Musser, and in 2012, he was awarded the Patent and Innovation Award from Texas A&M University System's Office of Technology Commercialization. He was elected to serve on the executive board of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2010.

His research interests include environmental sensing, natural photonic structures, quantum optics and physics pedagogy.
2017: Marie Kelly, Adjunct Teaching Award, Schlief School of Accountancy
2017: Marie Kelly, Adjunct Teaching Award, Schlief School of Accountancy
Marie Kelly is a lecturer in the Schlief School of Accountancy in the Rusche College of Business. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration and master's degree from SFA.

As a Texas teacher certified in mathematics and business, Kelly taught at Douglass ISD for 13 years. She also is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant certification. Prior to joining SFA in 1987, Kelly worked in public accounting and in private industry.

Her teaching and research interests include financial and managerial accounting, accounting ethics and learning techniques among undergraduate accounting students. She is active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of CPAs and the East Texas Chapter of CPAs, She also received TSCPA's Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 2015.