Teaching Excellence Recipients
Pictured from left to right - Dr. John Moore, Dr. Wayne Boring, Dr. Stephen Lias, Dr. Kim Archer, Dr. Beth Brice, Dr. Dianne Dentice, Dr. Brian Oswald and Dr. Ric Berry
Dr. Kim Archer
James I. Perkins College of Education
Kim Archer, teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and her research interests include body image dissatisfaction, nutrition education, sports nutrition, sport supplements, obesity prevention, community physical activity programs, sexual health education curriculum and weight management related issues.
Dr. Archer initiated a very successful student-led SFA Health Fair which is conducted annually in the spring.
Dr. Wayne Boring
College of Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Boring has been a member of the faculty for 40 years and is the senior analytical chemist in the Department of Chemistry. He is the man whose judgment you seek to understand what analytical tools should be used (or not used) to solve a problem.
In the classroom, he combines high standards and respect for the discipline with an affirming demeanor that brings out the best in students who are fortunate to be enrolled in one of his classes. His enthusiasm for chemistry is infectious.
Dr. Dianne Dentice
College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Dr. Dentice is an invaluable member of the Department of Sociology. Since taking over the department's minority relation class. Dianne has demonstrated that she can talk about difficult issues like race and class in ways that really enagage students. As a result, many of Dr. Dentice's students go on to become majors and minors in the department.
The ability to make students see things in new ways, while at the same time showing them respect, is a skill that is second nature for Dianne.
Dr. Stephen Lias
College of Fine Arts
Dr. Steve Lias is establishing SFA as an important center for music composition in Texas, nationally, and internationally. He brings great knowledge of the subject matter, enthusiasm, and personal interest in students to his classes.
The effect of this is that his students make important achievement in the field while still at SFA, and are highly sought after in the profession after graduation.
Dr. Brian Oswald
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Brian Oswald has been recognized by his fellow professionals by being presented the 2002 Carl A. Schenck Award by the Society of American Foresters for outstanding forestry education. Brian is both passionate and disciplined about his courses, especially the use of fire as a management tool, which instills passion for learning and creative thinking in his students.
He is always well prepared and organized when he enters his classroom, thus motivating the same traits in his students. He personifies the qualities for which this honor is intended.
Dr. Beth Brice
Nelson Rusche College of Business
For the past two decades Dr. Brice has skillfully balanced effective full-time teaching with the operation of a busy family law practice. Here students regularly comment on the relevance she brings to the classroom through first hand legal experience and examples. Her student ratings are consistently high. Students love the fact that she knows about the "practice of business law" and the "real business environment".
She is student-focused and always makes time for students, no matter how busy she is. She is also involved in research and scholarly activity that benefit the classroom. She regularly uses assessment to ensure that students benefit from her courses.
Pictured are the College recipients of the 2008 Teaching Excellence Awards (left to right): Dr. Vi Alexander, Dr. Michele Harris, Dr. Sharon Templeman, Dr. Baker Pattillo (President) Dr. Mark Scanlan, Dr. K-Kuai Hung, Dr. Jill Carrington
Dr. Michele Harris
College of Sciences and Mathematcis
Michelle Harris earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Central Oklahoma and her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Arkansas. She has helped develop the biochemistry department at SFA through a variety of research projects since 1994.
"She has the student's best interest in mind and is willing to help continuously improve her courses in an effort to increase the probability of every student being successful," said Dr. Michael Janusa, chairman of the Department of Chemistry.
Dr. Sharon Templeman
College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Sharon Templeman received her bachelor's from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., her master's from Virginia Commonwealth University and her doctorate from the University of Maryland. She teaches social work and participates in numerous volunteer efforts, and her work with distance-education students during hurricanes Katrina and Rita was especially noteworthy. She has been a part of the SFA faculty since 1997.
"In our school, effective teaching of courses consists of using effective instructional methods, the appropriate delivery of relevant content within a curriculum structure, and evidence of scholarship to maintain current content," said Dr. Freddie Avant, director of the School of Social Work. "Sharon is one of those 'one-of-a-kind' faculty members whom you can always depend on. She has played a major role in the development of the School of Social Work, and her contributions are immeasurable."
Dr. I-Kuai Hung
College of Forestry and Agriculture
I-Kuai Hung joined the faculty in 2003 after receiving his doctorate degree in forestry from SFA. He spent 15 years as a forestry specialist with the Experimental Forest of National Taiwan University, where he received both bachelor's and master's degrees. He has been involved in many different research projects involving forest recreation.
"He is an excellent and caring instructor, and also is a team player who is always willing to work with other faculty members on collaborative research projects," said Dr. Scott Beasley, dean of the College of Forestry and Agriculture.
Dr. Vi Alexander
College of Education
Vi Alexander received both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas and a doctorate from Texas A&M. She joined the SFA faculty in 1994 and has reorganized the undergraduate and graduate reading programs as well as written numerous grants for school reform.
"Dr. Alexander has a record of teaching that is distinguished on so many levels and is an invaluable faculty member in the largest department in the university," said Dr. Janice Pattillo, chair of the Department of Elementary Education. "She has demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in and out of the classroom, impacting children and teachers."
Dr. Mark Scanlan
College of Business
Mark Scanlan has taught economics at SFA since 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Lyon College and his master's and doctorate in economics at the University of Florida.
"He works hard to make his courses engaging yet challenging," said Dr. Violet C. Rogers, dean of the College of Business. "He uses a number of different teaching innovations in his classes, including in-class games rather than straight lectures, group presentations on current events that relate to class topics, and term projects that culminate in-classroom debates."
Dr. Jill Carrington
College of Fine Arts
Jill Carrington has been a part of the SFA faculty since 1989. She received her bachelor's degree from Pomona College and both a master's and a doctorate in art history from Syracuse University. Her research in late Medieval and Renaissance sculpture has earned her national and international awards.
"She makes herself available to students and is obviously interested in them as individuals, as is demonstrated by her service for some 25 graduate students and her service as faculty adviser for the Art Alliance Student Club," said Dr. A.C. Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.
Pictured are the College recipients of the 2007 Teaching Excellence Awards (left to right): Dr. Phil Stetz, Dr. Rick Jones, Dr. Alyx Frantzen, Dr. Marlin Young, Ms. Leisha Bridwell, Dr. Doyle Srader, and Dr. Kenneth Farrish
Dr. Alyx Frantzen
College of Sciences and Mathematcis
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Sciences and Mathematics is Dr. Alyx Frantzen. Dr. Frantzen has served as Associate Professor of Chemistry since 2004. She earned her bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran University, her Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees from New Mexico State University.
"Dr. Frantzen is heavily involved with not only educating students but preparing them for careers beyond Stephen F. Austin State University", said Michael Jansua, Professor and Chair, Chemistry. Dr. Anthony J. Duben, Dean of College of Sciences and Mathematics described Dr. Frantzen's performance as exemplary.
Dr. Doyle Srader
College of Liberal and Applied Arts
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Liberal and Applied Arts is Dr. Doyle Srader, Lecturer in Speech Communication. Dr. Srader received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University, Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Srader joined the Communication faculty in 1999.
Dr. James Standley, Dean of College of Liberal and Applied Arts described Dr. Srader as "a dynamic teacher who engages his classes with his mastery of human communication theory and the use of new technology in the delivery of communication instruction. Dr. Srader is a hard working and highly professional individual who knows the discipline and helps his students focus on successes."
Dr. Kenneth Farrish
College of Forestry and Agriculture
The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture Teaching Excellence Award recipient is Dr. Kenneth Farrish, Professor of Forest Soils and Environmental Science. Dr. Farrish has a bachelor's degree and a Master of Science from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Farrish came to SFA in 1996 as Associate Professor from Louisiana Tech University. In 2001 he was named first Director of the Division of Environmental Science. He has overseen major modifications of curricula for the BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science; he also provided leadership in preparing a proposal to establish a Ph.D. program in Environmental Science. In 2003, he was named the Arnold Distinguished Professor of Forest soils and Environmental Science.
According to Dr. R. Scott Beasley, Dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, "Dr. Farrish has proven to be a hard-working, dedicated and knowledgeable leader."
Ms. Leisha Bridwell
College of Education
The College of Education Teaching Excellence Award recipient is Leisha Bridwell, Associate Professor, Interior Design, Department of Human Sciences. Bridwell received her bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and Masters of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University.
Ms. Bridwell has high standards and diligently works for student success. She motivates and challenges students to achieve their highest potential and is most interested in the development of the whole student as a professional.
The following comment was written in Ms. Bridwell's portfolio. "Her positive and professional influence on scores of professional licensed interior designers across the state and nation is profound! Leisha is held in high esteem by her many audiences; her talent in teaching is widely recognized and documented."
Dr. Phil Stetz
College of Business
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Business is Dr. Phil Stetz, Assistant Professor of Management. Dr. Stetz holds bachelor's degrees from Rockhurst College and University of West Florida, Master of Business Administration from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Dr. Stetz joined the management faculty in 2002.
Stetz holds the Lavoy Moore Entrepreneurship chair. Dr. Stetz sponsored and lead the SFA team invited to participate in the Elite Business Plan contest.
Dr. Rick Jones
College of Fine Arts
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Fine Arts is Dr. Rick Jones. Dr. Jones is associate professor of Theatre. Dr. Jones received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth University, Master of Arts from University of Birmingham, and a Ph.D. from University of Kansas.
Dr. Jones is an exemplary professor who teaches some of the most demanding courses in the School of Theatre. He has earned both the friendship and respect of his students.
Pictured are the College recipients of the 2006 Teaching Excellence Awards (left to right): Dr. Pamela Roberson, Dr. Dixie Mercer, Dr. Bert Stine, Dr. Wanda Mouton,Dr. Fred Allen, Dr. Ken Collier and Dr. Daniel Unger
Winner: Dr. Wanda Mouton
College of Applied Arts & Sciences
Dr. Wanda Mouton received the College of Applied Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. An associate professor in the Department of Communication, she is a Garrison High School graduate. Mouton earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from SFA, a master's degree in journalism and secondary education from the University of Texas - Permian Basin , and a doctorate from Texas A&M University . She joined SFA in 1990 as an adjunct faculty member.
Mouton was a 2003 recipient of the Member in Print award from Delta Kappa Gamma, an international professional teachers' organization and has received awards for writing and layout and design from Texas Press Women.
"Dr. Mouton has strong organizational and communication skills," said Dr. James Standley, dean of the College of Applied Arts and Sciences. "Her considerable ability in this area is founded in a genuine concern for the welfare of students and a love of teaching journalism. She can work enthusiastically with the most inexperienced student as well as with upper level and advanced students with equal effectiveness. Further, she demonstrates with her confident manner that she has those traits of character that make her a good role model for students to emulate."
Dr. Daniel Unger
College of Forestry and Agriculture
The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture Teaching Excellence Award winner is Dr. Daniel Unger, associate professor of remote sensing and geographic information systems. Unger holds bachelor's degrees in forestry and general management from Purdue University , a master's degree in forest resources from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in forestry, wildlife and range sciences from the University of Idaho . He joined the SFA faculty in 1998.
According to Dr. R. Scott Beasley, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, remote sensing helps scientists see everything in context with its surroundings, from large ecosystems and broad landscapes to small forests and individual trees.
"Dr. Unger's research has helped him stay current in a field that literally changes day by day," Beasley said. "Every time a new satellite is launched into space, additional high quality data are available to aid in the management, protection and conservation of our natural resources. Staying abreast of these changes and incorporating them into his courses is a challenge he has mastered."
Unger has won poster competitions hosted by mapping software company ESRI, by the Texas Natural Resources Information Systems GIS Forum and by the East Texas GIS Users Group. He was the Robert C. Heller Scholarship recipient at the University of Idaho.
Dr. Bert Stine
College of Business
Dr. Bert Stine is the Teaching Excellence Award winner for the Nelson Rusche College of Business. A professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, Stine joined the SFA faculty in 1992. He holds a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University , a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M - Commerce and a doctorate from Louisiana Tech University.
"He has the wonderful ability to take a very complicated subject and bring it down to a level where the students can understand it," said Dr. Violet C. Rogers, dean of the college. "As world markets expand and the world of finance gets more complicated, good teachers who can offer clarity in this field are rare. Dr. Stine is a master at delivering the fundamentals, breaking it down, tearing it apart, and putting it back together so that they see the whole picture, one element at a time."
Stine has earned the Outstanding Professor award presented by the SFA Phi Alpha Kappa finance club four times and also has received the MBA Association's Outstanding Graduate Professor award.
Dr. Dixie Mercer
College of Education
The College of Education Teaching Excellence Award recipient is Dr. Dixie Mercer, project director for the Visually Impaired Teacher Training Program. Mercer joined the Department of Human Services faculty in 1998 and currently serves as associate professor. She has written and been awarded two federal grants funded by the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs and has been responsible for developing distance learning materials as part of a federal Fund for Improvement of Post Secondary Education grant.
"Dr. Mercer is a dedicated and innovative teacher," said Bill Bryan, chair of the Department of Human Services. "She works day and night to provide high quality instruction in the regular classroom as well in the distance learning classroom. Her impact on the field of special education in general and especially teacher of the visually impaired is enormous. She is the driving force behind an SFA program that is receiving national attention."
Mercer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree and educational doctorate in special education - visually impaired, all from Texas Tech University . She was the first annual recipient of the Phil Hatlen award for leadership and innovative changes from the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Dr. Fred Allen
College of Fine Arts
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Fine Arts is Fred J. Allen. Allen joined the School of Music faculty in 1994 and serves as director of bands. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music degree from Texas A&M - Commerce.
Allen teaches conducting and music education classes and oversees nearly 300 students involved in the SFA band program. He has written more than 20 musical arrangements, including music for Texas University Interscholastic League band competitions and 11 commissioned works. His works have been performed across the United States and in Korea , Great Britain , Germany and Australia .
"He offers to his students not only his expertise in music, but also his energy, his connections in the professional world, his continuing support and assistance after graduation, and his friendship and inspiration," said Dr. Richard Berry, dean of the College of Fine Arts . "An entire generation of public school and university band directors and music teachers are beginning to point to Fred Allen as the major defining force in their careers."
Dr. Ken Collier
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Ken Collier is the Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Liberal Arts .
He joined the faculty in the Department of Political Science, Geography, and Public Administration, in 1999 and has earned the respect of students and colleagues because of his creative ability as a teacher, according to Dr. Ronald Claunch, chair of the department.
"Dr. Collier has written a book on the presidency and is completing a second book," Claunch said. "He has conducted fund research at the White House Historical Association, the John F. Kennedy Library, the Johnson Library and the Ford Library. As a result, students are taught by a genuine expert in the field and they speak of his high level of knowledge."
Collier, a Longview native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin . He serves as associate professor of political science.
Dr. Pamela Roberson
College of Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Pamela Roberson is the Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Sciences and Mathematics. A Department of Mathematics and Statistics faculty member since 1983, Roberson serves as associate professor of mathematics. She earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Southwest Texas State University and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Houston .
"Dr. Roberson is a superb teacher who can reach all students, from those in college algebra to those in graduate school," said Dr. Anthony Duben, dean of the college. "Teaching in the classroom environment is only one aspect of the art of teaching. Working with students on independent study and research projects is teaching in a master/apprentice mode. She has been successful at that endeavor, and her ability to bring the student from the classroom to a research setting demonstrates her ability to prepare and motivate students to aspire to the highest level of achievement in mathematics."
Roberson was named the recipient of the annual Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Contributions to Students award in 2005 and was honored with a Teaching Excellence Grant from the Education Advancement Foundation of Austin. She serves as sponsor of the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society and has served as sponsor of the Texas Delta chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon honor mathematics society.
Winner: Dr. Alan Sowards
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the SFA College of Education is Dr. Alan Sowards.
An assistant professor of elementary education, Sowards joined the SFA faculty in 1995. Sowards received a bachelor's degree from SFA in science, a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Texas at Dallas and his doctorate from Texas A&M University - Commerce.
In 2004, Sowards received the Sadie Ray Graff Award for Outstanding Contributions to Texas Environmental Education from Keep Texas Beautiful and an Alumni Ambassador Award from Texas A&M - Commerce. He received a state environmental award in 2002 from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
More than 12,000 Texas school students in the past six years have participated in Sowards' program, "Bugs, Butterflies and Blossoms," at the SFA Arboretum. Approximately 2,000 students during the past three years have participated in his "Water Works: A Wetland Adventure" program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center near Athens, and through the program, a partnership between the center and SFA has been established for internships, scholarships and research. Each year, local third-graders learn about life in the past at the "Day of Adventure" organized by Sowards at Millard's Crossing Historic Village.
"For the college students, these special events not only teach science, but provide first-hand experiences with children as they are learning science," said Dr. Janice Pattillo, chair of the Department of Elementary Education. "Dr. Sowards has demonstrated through his excellent student evaluations, many published professional articles, and work on numerous university, state and national committees that he is a valuable asset to the College of Education and SFA."
Dr. Al Greule
Dr. Al Greule is the College of Applied Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award recipient.
An associate professor of communication, Greule has taught at SFA since 1989. He earned a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Oswego and a master's from Ohio University with an emphasis in broadcast management. His doctorate is from Texas A&M.
Greule served as vice president of alumni and professional services for the National Broadcasting Society from 2001 through 2004 and served on the board of directors for the Texas Broadcast Education Foundation from 2001 to 2002. He served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators from 1998 to 2000.
In January 2000, Greule was one of 25 radio/television faculty members selected worldwide as a fellow of the National Association of Television Program Executives.
"Dr. Greule's current students steadily record excellent showings in productions, and his former students are a lineup of successful media professionals," said Dr. Robert Ramsey, chair of the SFA Department of Communication. "Many graduates credit Dr. Greule with making a significant contribution to their careers."
Dr. Marlene Kahla
Dr. Marlene Kahla is the Teaching Excellence Award recipient of SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business.
An assistant professor of marketing, Kahla has taught at SFA since 1979. She earned a bachelor's degree and master's in business administration from Sam Houston State University. Her doctorate is from Texas A&M.
Kahla has served as a reviewer for the International Academy for Case Studies business journal since 2002.
Kahla serves as adviser to SFA students competing in American Marketing Association international competitions, and her teams have been named finalists in each of the past five years, including third-place finishes in 2003 and 2004. A student group under her supervision designed the campaign for JackBucks, a student debit card program utilized by local businesses.
"Dr. Kahla believes that one important aspect of teaching marketing is learning by doing, and that the real world of marketing is fun, exciting and should be shared with our students," said Dr. Violet Rogers, SFA business dean. "Therefore, her classes are full of activities, plans, presentations and case studies. She delivers a complete understanding of not only marketing, but how marketing fits in with the rest of the business and with the success of a company or institution."
Dr. Tim King
Dr. Tim King is the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award recipient.
A professor of music, King has served as director of choral programs at SFA for a total of 17 years, first from 1983 through 1989 and returning to the campus in 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois.
King's choirs have entertained East Texas residents for years with productions of the Messiah, the Madrigal Dinner and other concerts. His groups have been invited to sing for the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference and with the Manhattan Philharmonic Symphony at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
In 2003, King led SFA's A Cappella Choir on a tour of Europe, singing in Vienna for its 1,000-year celebration, at the International Festival in Marostica, in Salzburg's Cathedral and in the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Dr. Richard Berry, dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts, traveled with the choir.
"It was fascinating to watch Dr. King guide the choir to remarkable performances in concert after concert," Berry said. "To accomplish this using the basic repertoire day after day is no mean achievement. Dr. King has the gift of relating to students that enables him to do so."
Dr. Hans Williams
Dr. Hans Williams is the Teaching Excellence Award winner for the SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
Williams joined the faculty in 1993 and serves as the Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professor of Forestry at SFA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Purdue University and a master's degree from Clemson University. The emphasis for his doctorate from Auburn was forest ecophysiology and seedling quality.
In addition to serving as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Society of American Forestry, Williams serves as the faculty adviser of the SFA International Society of Arboriculture student chapter and is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Forestry Association.
Williams received the college's teaching excellence award in 1998 and 2002, and was a finalist in 1998 for the Student Organization Faculty Adviser of the Year award and the SFA Faculty Foundation Achievement Award. He has co-authored 40 papers and made presentations at 57 professional meetings. Dr. Scott Beasley, dean of the college, said that Williams' research has strengthened his classroom teaching.
"His students are assured of receiving 'state-of-the-art' science information in his courses, and many of those students work part time on his research projects, which benefits them educationally and monetarily," Beasley said. "Dr. Williams is a true professional who has committed, and continues to commit, his full-time attention, talents and energy to being the best teacher, researcher and 'team member' that he can possibly be."
Dr. Joyce Ann Carlton Johnston
The Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Liberal Arts is Dr. Joyce Ann Carlton Johnston.
Johnston joined the SFA faculty in 2002 and is an assistant professor of French and Spanish. She earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity University and a master's degree and doctorate in French literature from Indiana University at Bloomington. She also taught at Bloomington, where she received teaching excellence awards in 1997 and 1998.
In addition to serving as faculty adviser for the SFA French Club, Johnston established and maintains the "French at SFA" Web site. She also established a French conversation group that includes SFA students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Nacogdoches community, in weekly gatherings at a local coffee house.
Since her arrival at SFA, Johnston has written three articles accepted for publication and is working on a critical edition of the theatrical works of a significant 19th-century French female journalist and poet, Delphine Gay de Girardin.
"Dr. Johnston's use of materials from Africa and the Caribbean offers SFA students important insights into the variety of Francophone culture, introducing them not only to different kinds of French, but to different views of the world," said Dr. Ann Doyle-Anderson, chair of the Department of Modern Languages. "Students from her advanced literature classes comment on the breadth and depth of her knowledge, as well as her enthusiasm."
Dr. James Stamey
Dr. James Stamey is the Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
Stamey is an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics and joined the SFA faculty in 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern State University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a doctorate in statistics from Baylor University. He was nominated for the Baylor ODK Young Men and Women of Merit award.
Since earning his doctorate, Stamey has completed 14 refereed publications. He has received research grants each year at SFA and was named a Mathematical Association of American Project NexT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow. He has served as a mentor to middle-school teachers participating in the math department's program funded by the National Science Foundation to enhance mathematics education.
"Students recognize Dr. Stamey's ability to motivate and inspire them to work extraordinarily hard to attain a high level of success in his courses," said Dr. Jasper Adams, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. "They know that Dr. Stamey truly cares about them as individuals and is willing to invest his time and efforts on their behalf."
Pictured are the recipients of the 2004 Teaching Excellence Awards (left to right): Dr. Charles D. Jones, Dr. Michael S. Fountain, Dr. James M. Garrett, Dr. Janie O. Kenner, Dr. Samuel Kyle Jones, Dr. Newton J. Gaskill, Dr. Larry J King
Winner: Dr. James Garrett
College of Applied Arts and Sciences
This year's recipient of the University Teaching Excellence Award is Dr. James M. Garrett, Professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Arlington State College. His doctorate is from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the SFA faculty in 1967 and was named Regents Professor in 1980, the first year the designation was awarded. He was named Outstanding Professor by the Student Government Associate for his college in 1982 and for the university in 1991. He received the SFASU Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching in 2003.
"He maintains extremely high standards for himself and more importantly for his students. Dr. Garrett teaches his course at a very high and challenging level to students. Yet, students give him high praise on written comments. I am amazed at the number of past students that keep in touch with Dr. Garrett. This truly shows how he has touched their lives in some way," said Dr. Michael A. Janusa, Professor and Chair, Chemistry.
Dr. Larry King
College of Applied Arts and Sciences
Dr. King earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in religion and communication from Southern Nazarene University. His Doctorate in communication is from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. He joined the SFA faculty in 1998, after teaching for seven years at Lamar University. At Lamar, he led the estblishment of a broadcasng major and received the Regents Merit Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Kyle Jones
College of Business
Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science in 1985 and his Master of Science degree in business administration in 1987 from Georgia Southwestern College. Dr. Jones went on to earn a Doctorate in business administration in finance in 1998 from the Univesity of Mississippi. He has served as a staff consultant for Earnst and Young and joined the SFA faculty in 2000. He has regularly represented the finance department during both fall and spring Showcase Saturday events on campus and served as adviser to the Finance Club.
Dr. Janie Kenner
College of Education
Dr. Kenner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in vocational home economics from SFA in 1963 and her Master of Science degree in home economics education in 1982. She earned her Doctorate in textiles and clothing from Texas Woman's University in 1990. Dr. Kenner joined the SFA faculty in 1980 and in 1997 was named with the Teaching Excellence Award for the Department of Human Sciences. In 1998 she was named Woman of the Year by the University Professional Women and, in 1999, she was named Distinguished Graduate by the Department of Human Sciences.
Dr. Charles Jones
College of Fine Arts
"Dr. Jones earned a Bachelor's degree from Sam Houston state University and a Master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. His Master of Fine Arts degree is from the University of the Americas in Mexico City. He joined the SFA faculty in 1971, and in 2001 was named the SFA Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor. In 2003 he was named Regents Professor. Dr. Jones served in the U.S. Marines as a platoon commancer during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 1966 for heroism.
Dr. Michael Fountain
College of Forestry
Dr. Fountain earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree in 1970 from SFA, as his father had died in 1951, he also earned the distinction as the first "second generation" graduate in Forestry from SFA. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in forest recreation management in 1972 from SFA and his Doctorate in forest resource science from West Virginia University. He is Associate Dean of Forestry. He was selected as the college's Teaching Excellence Award winner in 1996 and in 1997 received an award from the U.S. Forest Service for Meritorious Contributions to National Forests in Texas resulting from his testimony in court cases during an 11-year period.
Dr. Newton Gaskill
College of Liberal Arts
"Dr. Gaskill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Weber State University in 1990. His Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies and his Doctorate in government are from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a taching assistant at UT during this graduate school years and received a Texas Excellence in Teaching Award as Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the Colleg eof Liberal Arts, a Gratduate Studies Professional Development Award and the Institute of Latin American Studies Professional Development Award.
Pictured are the 2003 recipients of the Teaching Excellence Awards (left to right)Dr. Alan Nielsen, Dr. Gary Douglas Kronrad, Dr. Randi Cox, Dr. Dan Bruton, Dr. Sammie Smith, Dr. Gary Mayer, Dr. Leon Young
Winner: Dr. Dan Bruton
Associate Professor of Physcis and Astronomy, College of Science and Mathematics
This year's recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Dan Bruton is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, in the College of Science & Mathematics.
Dr. Bruton received his Bachelor of Science in December 1988 and his Master of Science in August 1990 from Stephen F. Austin State University.
He received his Ph.D. in August 1996 from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Bruton joined the faculty of SFA in 1997.
"Dr. Bruton is excellent as a course instructor. It was very obvious that he loves the subject and had a great desire (even mission) to instill an interest in us (the students) in our world." What can I say about Dr. Bruton except that he is the best, the most pleasant, caring, knowledgeable professor I have ever had at SFA." "Dr. Bruton is an amazing professor. He is so excited about the subject and does all he can to maje us 'get it'. He really does want us to succeed.
Dr. Randi Cox
Assistant Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
"Dr. Cox is an excellent professor with a passion for history unseen by my eyes thus far in my student career ... She is constantly astounding me with her knowledge of Russian and Soviet History. Her passion is inevitably infectious, and anyone who experiences her lectures goes home with a desire to learn more about the subject." "If I had to describe Dr. Cox as a professor in one word, it would be 'dedicated', ... absolutely dedicated to the profession of teaching."
Dr. Gary Douglas Kronrad
Professor of Forestry, Arthur Temple College of Forestry
"Dr. Kronrad is somewhat like the hard-nosed, demanding coach who drives the team to the edge, but wins their respect when they realize what he has helped them to accomplish." "He demands that each student produce at his or her highest potential, and will accept no less." "Dr. Kronrad ... not only motivated us but also made us excel. He thought we would accomplish what everyone thought impossible. I am forever thankful to Dr. Kronrad and his teaching abilities."
Dr. Gary H. Mayer
Associate Professor of Communication, College of Applied Arts and Sciences
"Dr. Mayer has a special gift of combining serious commitment and dedication with delightful humour and wit ... In all my life I have never looked up to a single professor as I do Dr. Mayer." "Dr. Mayer is a gem at SFA. He shines in all that he does and spreads that light to those around him." "Dr. Mayer truly lives to teach ... One can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice." "His teaching style is a virtuoso performance without pretentiousness."
Dr. Alan Nielsen
Professor of Theatre, College of Fine Arts
"Dr. Nielsen's comprehensive knowledge of theatre criticism from its inception to modern times is nothing short of awe-inspiring ... I would consider him one of the most demanding faculty members with whom I have ever worked." "Dr. Nielsen was the most influential professor that I had at SFA. He was not just a professor - he was my teacher, my coach, my director, my mentor, and my encourager. He had a unique blend of honest, forthrightness, and reality that was tempered with gentleness."
Dr. Sammie L. Smith
Professor of Accounting, College of Business
"Dr. smith's love of teaching is evident to all who know him. He cares about his students ... has an open door policy to his office, helping with job placements, and encouraging his students to study and succeed." "Dr. Smith ... loves the subject that he teaches ... He demonstrates a passion for the way accountancy is supposed to be practiced and regulated." "Dr. Smith is first and foremost a teacher; however, he is also a committed professional, an excellent role model for students, and a researcher."
Dr. Leon Young
Professor of Agriculture, College of Education
"Dr. Young exhibited a passion for teaching ... He helped to foster that same passion and motivation in his students." "His thirst to explore and research unknown avenues of his discipline has sparked an undying flame in me to do the same." "His ability to communicate was very strong, and his office door was always open ... Dr. Young had a knack for integrating basic research and applied research - a rarity in all areas of scientific research today."
Pictured are the recipients of the 2002 Teaching Excellence Awards (left to right): Dr. John Moore, Dr. Michael Tkacik, Dr. Hans Williams, University recipient Mrs. Shirley Watterston, SFA President Dr. Tito Guerrero III, Dr. DawnElla Rust, Dr. Jim Towns, and Dr. David Gundersen.
Winner: Ms. Shirley Watterston
Lecturer of Music, College of Fine Arts
"She always brings such joy and vitality to her work, and it is this archetype that has provided the model for me in my career and in my life....Shirley is a shining beacon of professionalism, creativity and passion."
"Her demeanor was constantly kind, her love of teaching infectious, her musical ideas insightful, and her criticism direct and accurate, though never subverting the ego of the student."
"She gives so selflessly of herself...She is a one woman cheering section. She will hold you up until your are capable of standing on your own."
Dr. David Gundersen
Associate Professor of Management, Marketing, and International Business, College of Business
"Dr. Gundersen goes above and beyond the call of duty for his students and the university…He is truly in a class of his own."
"Dr. Gundersen not only is gifted in his portrayal of professional academics but his character and ethics are above reproach...My hat is off to Dr. Gundersen."
"You are by far the best professor at SFA and any student would agree with me...You always seem to go the extra mile and really seem to care about the students."
Dr. John Moore
Associate Professor of Chemistry, College of Sciences and Mathematics
"When I had Dr. Moore as an instructor he evinced a remarkable power to make me wish to excel."
"Thanks so much for teaching me that Chemistry is not impossible and for always appearing to truly enjoy your job. It sure makes a difference!"
"Thank you for being available to talk to. Thank you for all the smiles and laughs and understanding. You've done more for me than your can imagine...I definitely couldn't have done it if it were any other professor."
Dr. DawnElla Rust
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science, College of Education
"If not for her commitment and enthusiasm to the health science program, I would not be the person I am today."
"Dr. Rust catered to her students' learning styles and made textbook material come to life with her innovative demonstrations and teaching instructions."
"Dr. Rust is the type of professor that would give you the shirt off her back to see that you...succeed not only in the classroom but in life as well."
"The intellectual curiosity that you sparked in me is worth far more than any information that I could ever be tested over."
Dr. Michael Tkacik
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, College of Liberal Arts
"Dr. Tkacik will have a hard time concealing from anyone his passion for learning and growing with his students."
"Dr. Tkacik's classes are unlike any other on this campus. He brings a level of intelligence to the classroom that commands respect and often leaves one in awe. Though he retains this high level of intellectual acumen, he touches each student on a fundamental level of understanding."
"Dr. Tkacik regularly fosters magnificent classroom discussions that create a blitz of questions and an aura of creative energy."
Dr. Jim Towns
Professor of Communication, College of Applied Arts and Sciences
"You have touched me and I have grown. Thank you -- my life is richer for having taken your course, and for knowing you."
"Yes, you worked the class hard, but for me this has left me with a lasting impact. It has made me aware of how...communication is so vital to one's life."
"I can honestly say that I've never had a more enjoyable class in the twelve years of school that I've been through. I cannot put into words how much your class meant to me...Your wisdom has already affected my life and helped me through rough situations."
Dr. Hans Williams, Jr.
Associate Professor of Forestry, College of Forestry
"Dr. Williams shows great enthusiasm in everything…[he] encourages a strong work ethic in his students and challenges them to think."
"Dr. Williams opened a world of opportunities for me, and is always willing to lend me a hand when most needed."
"Dr. Williams is a clearly spoken educator that has the unique ability to communicate complex information to college students in an understandable fashion...He leads by example and encourages students to give 110%."
Convocation Speaker: Dr. Tom CallawayDr. Callaway was the keynote speaker for the 2002 Teaching Excellence Convocation. He was the 1998 Recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, and he is a Regents Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. During the 28 years he has been a faculty member at SFA, he has taught all the Physics courses in his department. From 1991-1998, Dr. Callaway garnered more than $370,000 in grants, much of it used to improve teaching for elementary school teachers who teach physics. He is the former Chair of Physics and Astronomy Department (1979-1988) and is the current Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
|Sharon B. Templeman||Applied Arts and Sciences||Social Work|
|Sharron M. Graves||Business||Accounting|
|Mary Kate "Suzy" Weems||Education||Human Sciences|
|Gary Q. Frields||Fine Arts||Art|
|R. Montague Whiting, Jr.||Forestry||Forestry|
|Barbara C. Carr||Liberal Arts||English|
|Kimberly M. Childs||Sciences and Mathematics||Mathematics|
The Winner: Dr. M.K. "Suzy" Weems
Position: Professor of Human Sciences
Degree: Ph. D. from Texas Tech University
Accomplishments: "..outstanding dedication to the field of Food Science and Human Nutrition..", Dean of the College of Education. Extensive study and participation at local, regional, state, national, and international meetings. "Trailblazer" for sports nutrition and diet and fitness. Director of the Didactic Undergraduate Program in Dietetics. Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor award.
Convocation Speaker: Dr. David Jones, Professor of Music and prior recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award ('97)
Founder, Artistic Director and Stage Director of the Opera Workshop at SFA. Since 1972, he has directed over 30 productions of major operas at SFA. The operas are now major productions with full sets, costumes, and orchestra. An example of his successful former students: One of his students at SFA, Yvonne Gonzales, Soprano, was a 1993 National Metropolitan Opera audition winner and has sung in New York with the Metropolitan Opera in The Magic Flute as Papagena. Another of his former students, Bruce Brown, sang for over 100 performances in the last year at one of the greatest opera houses in the world, the Vienna Staatsoper.
Nominee: Sharon B. Templeman
Position: Assistant Professor of Social Work
Degree: Ph. D. from University of Maryland
Accomplishments: "..a role model for teaching success..", Dean of the College of Applied Arts and Sciences. SASW Faculty of the year award ('98-'2000). Teaching Excellence workshops for faculty. Research in technology and education.
Nominee: Sharron M. Graves
Position: Assistant Professor of Accounting
Degree: CPA and M.B.Ed from Stephen F. Austin State University
Accomplishments: "..well organized, motivated, and thorough.", Dean of the College of Business. Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teaching Award ('82, '90, '98). Internship coordinator for the Department of Accounting. Texas Society of CPA's Outstanding Accounting Educator.
Nominee: Gary Q. Frields
Position: Professor of Art
Degree: M. F. A. from Stephen F. Austin State University
Accomplishments: "..a wonderful model of a successful university professor.", Dean of the College of Humanities. Creative Artist. Works closely with Friends of Visual Arts, a community support group. Students become professional artists, schoolteachers, and university professors.
Nominee: R. Montague Whiting, Jr.
Position: Professor of Forestry
Degree: Ph. D. from Texas A & M University
Accomplishments: "..a complete teacher in every sense of the word.", Dean of the College of Forestry. Emphasis is on research and its influence on knowledge and discovery. Former students hold important positions with forest products companies, and state and federal agencies. President of the Wildlife Society-Texas Chapter ('93-'94).
Nominee: Barbara Carr
Position: Professor of English and Philosophy
Degree: Ph. D. from Indiana University
Accomplishments: "..dedicated herself to our students, often doing more teaching outside of the classroom than in.", Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Mentoring of Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Dept. of English and Philosophy. Maximizes academic success of student athletes. Emphasis of interdisciplinary course development.
Nominee: Kimberly McRae Childs
Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Degree: Ph. D. from Texas A & M University
Accomplishments: "..classroom performance..is outstanding.", Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Has positively influenced many students to become teachers of mathematics. Develops curriculum in mathematics for elementary school teachers. Secures developmental grants for training of elementary educators of mathematics.
|Jean Parker Eldred||Applied Arts and Sciences||Communication|
|Rachel A. Underwood||Education||Human Sciences|
|Charles R. Gavin||Fine Arts||Music|
|Edward F. Dougal||Forestry||Forestry|
|Jerry Williams||Liberal Arts||Sociology|
|Norman L. Markworth||Sciences and Mathematics||Physics & Astronomy|
The Winner: Rachel A. Underwood
Position: Professor in the Department of Human Sciences
Degree: B.S., M.S. from East Texas State University; Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University
Accomplishments: Taught 12 different courses for Department of Human Sciences (5 years); revised syllabi and assignmentsCoordinated identification of ExCet Objectives and Texas Essential knowledge and skills into certification courses. Coordinated development of ExCet Qualifying Exam for Test 31 Home EconomicsSponsored student organization; 3 State Presidents; 1 State Vice President; 2 State Treasurers. Distinguished Service Award, Vocational Home Economics Teachers Association of Texas. 1997. Distinguished Service Award, Texas Education Agency, Home Economics Education Program. 1997. Inducted, Texas Hall of Fame for Future Homemakers of America, 1995. Outstanding Faculty Service Award, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 1992. Outstanding Vocational Home Economics Faculty Award, Vocational Home Economics Teachers Association of Texas, 1982. Outstanding Assistant Professor, Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, School of Applied Arts and Health Professions, Southwest Texas State University, 1983. Nominated for Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, Southwest Texas State University, 1982. Texas Representative (1 of 4), Assembly of States, National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 1998. TEA Teacher Education Task Force for Distance Education Certification. 1998-present. Memberships in five professional organizations; served as National and State Officers.
Convocation Speaker: Allen Oster
A Professor of Theatre, Allen Oster, received his M.A. in Theatre from North Dakota State University and his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Utah. He has directed and acted professionally for college, summer, regional and dinner theatres in Arizona, California, North and South Dakota, Texas and Utah. He received the University's Teaching Excellence Award in 1996.
In addition to teaching performance courses and directing, he is Administrator of the Student-Directed Productions program and Director of the High School Summer Theatre Workshop. In his 17 years at SFA, he has directed over 35 productions which include Macbeth, Medea, Hair, Chicago, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, In a Northern Landscape, The House of Atreus, Hay Fever, Brecht on Brecht, and, most recently, Summer and Smoke. He teaches SFA101 and is Manager of the Region III, Conference A-UIL One Act Play Contest.
Nominee: Jean Parker Eldred
Position: Associate Professor of Communication
Degree: B.S., M.A. from Northern Arizona Univ., Ph.D. from University of Oklahoma
Accomplishments: Taught nine different courses at SFASU, including two 100 level courses, one 200 level course, one 300 level course, four 400 level courses and one 500 level course. Regularly teach at least six different courses per academic year. Takes great pride in the fact that she has been able to contribute to their development as students and as successful members of society. Improved students ability to communicate. Awakened a "joy and enthusiasm for learning" in many students. "There is nothing to compare with the feeling I get when looking out and seeing a student as comprehension, thought, and new ideas are evident on their faces."
Nominee: Aileen Smith
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting.
Degree: CPA, B.B.A from Lamar Univ., M.Ed. from Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Ph.D. from Louisiana State Univ.
Accomplishments: Well-organized instruction &emdash; student evaluations of teaching consistently rank "well-prepared" and "well-organized" as a 2 of the top 3 ratings. Sensitive to learning environment &emdash; uses variety of evaluative processes; attends workshops directed toward accounting education, in general and in specific topic areas. Contributions to teaching improvement &emdash; specific work on curriculum-related Accounting Department committees and mentoring of other faculty. Commitment to continuous improvement &emdash; workshops and seminars where accounting education updates and innovations are presented. Related Research & Publications &emdash; research, present, and publish in areas of culture, ethics, gender issues, and current financial accounting topics. Recognized as leader in behavioral international accounting area &emdash; track chair for international accounting for national organization (4 yrs) and for international organization (2 yrs).
Nominee: Charles R. Gavin
Position: Associate Professor of Music
Degree: B.m.Ed. from Univ. of Southern Mississippi, M.A. and D.M.A. from Univ. of Iowa
Accomplishments: Sudents have distinguished themselves in the field of music education, professional performers and through competitions and auditions. Retention and graduation rate in my studio has consistently remained high. Students who completed the degree and choose to continue in the field of music are now professionals in some aspect of the art. High teaching evaluations.
Nominee: Edward F. Dougal
Position: Assistant Professor of Forestry in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry
Degree: B.S. from Univ. of Massachusetts, M.S. and Ph.D. from Oregon State Univ.
Accomplishments: Identified and set standards at levels consistent with national and international standards and competencies found within the forestry/wood science/forest products disciplines. State-of-the-art methodologies, application to current problems and assessment of future issues within the rapidly changing forestry-wood products sector. Provide students with an intellectually stimulation, non-threatening teaching environment where each and every student is treated with respect while working to reach a high standard of understanding and comprehension. Awarded the Kenneth Watterson Teaching Excellence Award in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry. Revised wood science/operations management specialization within the forestry major.
Nominee: Jerry Williams
Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Degree: B..S. from Eastern Oregon State Univ., M.A. and Ph.D. from Kansas State Univ.
Accomplishments: "..research is important, and that it has relevance for my students." Received good teaching evaluations, and continually modifies course content. Maintained web pages for all classes, and requires extensive computer use. Sociology club advisor and during the last year have supervised fourteen internships, six independent studies, and have helped three students prepare papers for a professional conference.
Nominee: Norman L. Markworth
Position: Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Degree: B.S. from Univ. of Illinois, Ph.D. from Florida State University
Accomplishments: Conducted Solar Eclipse Expedition to Canada for student research. Introduced courses in Observational Techniques (AST 305) and Astrophysics (335) into the curriculum. Proposed minor program in astronomy. Wrote or edited laboratory manuals for AST 105, PHY 110, PHY 333, and PHY 441. Taught special section of PHY 101 for Elementary Ed. Majors. Introduced Honor's Section in Astronomy. Among the first to use computerized instruction (email, web-based quizzes, web pages for each course) and multi-media, Web-based instruction. Two-way interactive video course in Classical Electrodynamics.
|Paul Howe||Applied Arts and Sciences||Military Science|
|Marsha L. Bayless||Business||General Business|
|Lisa R. Mize||Education||Human Sciences|
|Alan W. Nielson||Fine Arts||Theater|
|Gary D. Kronrad||Forestry||Forestry|
|Thomas W. Segady||Liberal Arts||Sociology|
|Harry Downing||Sciences and Mathematics||Physics & Astronomy|
The Winner: Marsha L. Bayless
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of General Business. Has taught at SFA since 1990 (10 years).
Degree: Marsha completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at Emporia State University and her doctorate at Oklahoma State University
Accomplishments: Dr. Bayless has taught eleven different business communication and office systems courses in her 10-year tenure at SFASU. She has won state, regional, and national awards for her teaching and research activities including the prestigious Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teaching Award from the Association for Business Communication (1996). Dr. Bayless is the author of two textbooks with ancillary materials, 31 journal and proceedings articles, and over 30 professional presentations. In the past two years she has served as the president of two professional organizations, as program chair for an international business communication conference, and is currently serving as regional vice president of the Association for Business Communication.
Quote from Student: "I like her attitude and friendliness. She's the true definition of a teacher. She is always very willing to help you and answer your questions. There ought to be more "teachers" like her at this University."
Quote from Student: "I thought she was an excellent professor. She is one of the best I've had. She is extremely intelligent, a great speaker, caring, and open to students. I would love to have her for another class."
Convocation Speaker: Dr. Bob Szafran, Ph.D.
Dr. Bob Szafran received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977. He has published two books and 22 articles, 7 of which dealt with undergraduate education. He currently chairs the Sociology Department and coordinates the university's Connections Program which encourages interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students and faculty. He received the University's Teaching Excellence Award in 1995. In his years at SFA, he has coordinated the university's advising for undecided majors and the TASP program. He has directed the SFA101: Freshman Seminar Program and the Freshman Interest Group Program. He has served on university committees dealing with telephone registration, general education, student retention, and the SFA '03 Commission on the Future. He is currently chairing a committee reviewing the university's admissions requirements.
Nominee: Paul Howe
Position: Master Sergeant Howe has been assigned to the Lumberjack Battalion as Training NCO and the Junior Military Science Instructor since January of 1997.
Degree: BS Degree in General Studies through Liberty University.
Accomplishments: MSG Howe has served in the Army for over sixteen years. He has attended numerous schools, including Advanced Land Navigation Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Halo Jumpmaster Course, Pathfinder Course, Ranger School along with several other Training Courses. Since his enlistment MSG Howe has received numerous awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star with the 'V' Device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expenditionary Medal with (2nd Award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3 device, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge along with several other awards. MSG Howe is primary instructor for the MSC 301 and 302. MSG Howe is married to Connie and they have two children, Patrick (15) and Mary-Katherine.
Nominee: Lisa R. Mize
Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Sciences
Degree: B.S., M.S., Stephen F. Austin State University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University
Accomplishments: Has taught nine different classes for the Department of Human Sciences and one course for the Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education. Taught SFA 101 two semesters. Serves as validator of early childhood programs for the National Academy for the Education of Young Children; 1996-present. Received the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences New Achiever Award in 1996. Serves as advisor for the students section of Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at SFA. The organization received awards for membership growth in 1998 and has had 2 state and 1 national officer under her leadership. Advisor for Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society 1993-1998. The organization received two state awards for student professional projects. Chair of SACS Self-Study for the Department of Human Sciences 1998-present. Consultant for four rooms at the SFASU Early Childhood Lab. Participated in writing and implementing two funded grant projects for parent involvement in education. Creative Activities - 5 publications including onetest bank, over 45 presentations at various local and state meetings/workshops. Participated in writing and implementing two funded grant projects. Currently serving as Parent Involvement Consultant for the Texas.
Nominee: Alan Nielson
Position: Associate Professor of Theatre since 1990
Degree: Dr. Nielson holds an M.A. in Playwriting from the University of Nebraska/Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Theory from City University of New York (CUNY)
Accomplishments: His career includes ten years' experience in New York theatre, as well as two years at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Dr. Nielson is a published author, playwright and composer/lyricist (four of his works have been staged in New York). He currently heads the graduate program in Theatre, as well as teaching undergraduate classes in play analysis, film acting, film history, creative dramatics and stage management. Dr. Nielson has directed fourteen full productions, written incidental music for six productions, and acted in three Mainstage productions for the department. For The Original Cast, he has written, arranged and staged more than a dozen original musical revues, including a 70-year history of SFA, a musical history of Nacogdoches, and a satirical "East Texas Christmas Carol." He is the author of THE GREAT VICTORIAN SACRILEGE (1991) and a member of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA), and the Dramatist's Guild.
Nominee: Gary Kronrad
Position: Associate Professor of Economics and Management in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry since 1989
Degree: M.S. degree in forest management and a Ph.D. degree in resource economics from the University of Massachusetts
Accomplishments: Dr. Kronrad was a consultant for two years in New York and was an assistant professor for five years at North Carolina State University. Dr. Kronrad now knows that he was always meant to be a Texan. He has a cattle ranch, grows timber, and tries to stay in the saddle. When asked about this award, Kronrad stated that he is just one of the 500 dedicated teachers at Stephen F. Austin.
Nominee: Thomas Segady
Position: Associate Professor of Sociology and has taught at Stephen F. Austin for nine years
Degree: Ph.D. Sociology Univ. of Denver, degree awarded in 1985.
Accomplishments: Before coming to SFA, he taught at the University of Denver, where he was twice a finalist for that university's Master Teacher award. He was the first director of the current honors program at SFA. He has sponsored a number of student organizations and participated in the Freshman Interest Group program. He and Professor Scott Bills (Department of History) traveled with a class of SFA freshmen last semester to Birmingham, Alabama. There, the students studied the history of the Civil Rights Movement by touring the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and meeting with persons who were active in the struggle for civil rights during that era.
Nominee: Harry Downing
Position: Professor and Chair Department of Physics and Astronomy
Degree: Dr. Downing earned a M.S. degree (1970) and a Ph.D. in physics (1973) from Florida State University. From 1973-75 he served in a postdoctoral position in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University. In 1975, Dr. Downing joined the Department of Physics at Stephen F. Austin State University
Accomplishments: His research and teaching activities have lead to 27 papers at professional meetings (10 were related to research involving students at SFA) and 11 articles in refereed journals (four were related to research involving students at SFA). The other seven articles were pedagogical and co-authored by SFA physics faculty. Dr. Downing has taught 22 different physics and astronomy courses within the Department of Physics and Astronomy He won Best Pedagogical Paper at the 1989 Fall Meeting of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and was placed first with his article, "Low-Cost Apparatus Competition", at the 1990 meeting of the American Association Physics Teachers. In 1994 he received a national honor as the Outstanding Society of Physics Students Chapter Advisor. He served five years as an officer on the executive council of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Downing, I just want you to know that you have made a difference in my life."
|Sherry L. Williford||Applied Arts and Sciences||Communications|
|James E. Howard||Business||Economics & Finance|
|Leah S. Smith||Education||Elementary Education|
|Piero Fenci||Fine Arts||Art|
|Hans Michael Williams||Forestry||Forestry|
|Lauren C. Scharff||Liberal Arts||Psychology|
|Thomas O. Callaway||Sciences and Mathematics||Physics & Astronomy|
The Winner: Dr. Thomas O. Callaway
Position: Professor of Physics at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1975 (23 vears).
Degree: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Arkansas (1975).
Accomplishments: Over the past 23 years has taught all the Physics courses in his department. 1996 Teaching Excellence Award Recipient for the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Personally created Physics 108, which uses cooperative learning techniques in an introductory Physics course for Physics and Engineering majors. Also created Physics 41 0 which trains elementary education majors to teach physics in grade schools. For the past 4 years has used sophisticated multi-media presentations in his Physics 101 courses (Physics for non-science majors). In the last few years has taught three classes using distance learning technology, including two-way interactive video technology. Now uses Internet technology: students can observe some of his lectures and demonstrations via the internet. Scholarly Activity: 16 journal articles published, 20 papers presented at conferences, 17 grants funded by outside sources, 8 grants funded by SFA. Has over $370,000 in grants awarded in last 7 years, much of it used to improve teaching for elementary school teachers who teach physics. Service: Past Chair of Physics and Astronomy Department (19791988). Past President Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (1988-1989). Past Chairman, Physics Section, Texas Academy of Science (1 990-1991).
Quote from Student: "To many Dr. Callaway, is known as a 'teacher's teacher'. He not only prepares students for graduate study but also trains students who are preparing to teach at the pre-college level." by Dan Burton, former student and Assistant Professor at SFASU.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Callaway's dedication for sharing his knowledge has inspired me to become the best teacher possible." by Megan Bishop, former student.
Convocation Speaker: Dr. Jim DiNucci, Ph.D.
The convocation speaker and 1994 winner of the University Teaching Excellence Award is Dr. Jim DiNucci. Dr. DiNucci is Regents Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science and serves as Coordinator of Undergraduate Professional Kinesiology. A native of Portland, Oregon, DiNucci holds a Ph.D. in Physical Education from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in the scientific foundations for physical education. His Master of Science Degree was obtained at the University of Illinois and B.S. Degree from Lewis and Clark College. He has taught public school in Oregon and California and spent five years at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana prior to coming to SFA in 1973.
Dr. DiiNucci has been active in professional and community service and received the Honor Award and Scholar Award from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He served 12 years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nacogdoches Independent School District and was the founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches, Texas. He was honored to receiving the Man and Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Club. Actively involved in research, he has authored or co-authored five books and research publications and many major research presentations.
Nominee: Sherry L. Williford
Position: Instructor of Communications. Has taught at SFA since 1992 (6 years).
Degree: M.S. in Mass Communications, emphasis Radio/TV, Arkansas State University, December, 1990.
Accomplishments: Teaches Introduction to Radio/TV (History Development of Broadcasting), Audio Production Techniques (practical training in radio production), Radio/TV Announcing (studies and practical experiences in broadcast announcing), Radio Practicum (actual radio experience from working at KSAU), Television Production (practical training in television production). KSAU Director and Faculty Advisor, 1992 to present SFA's student run campus radio station. Works one-on-one with students in preparation for careers in broadcast communication. Executive producer for live lumberjack baseball and softball home games and for football and basketball games. Executive producer of radio coverage for many SFA campus activities such as homecoming, etc. Many of her students have successful careers in broadcast communication and have won awards while at SFA. Student Awards. From 1993 to 1997 her students have won at least one or two first place awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Awards (Radio Division). Faculty Advisor Student Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society at SFA, 1992-present. Elected to Faculty Senate 1996, elected Secretary of Faculty Senate 1997. Supervised Live Remotes of Empty Stocking Fund broadcasts at Wal-Mart parking lot in 1997. KSAU helped sponsor the fundraiser manning the tent 24 hours a day for three days. Helped raise $30,000 for Empty Stocking Fund. Presented radio resume workshop for radio/TV students 1994. Worked with many SFA students on Internships in Broadcast Communication.
Quote from Student: "Thank you for your help and support. I look forward to living up to the confidence you have showed in me." (by Stacey Taylor, former SFA student 1997)
Nominee: James E. Howard
Position: Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1976 (22 years). Taught from 1976-1984 in Forestry (8 years) and taught from 1984 to present in Economics and Finance (14 years).
Degree: Ph.D in Forest Resources, from University of Georgia, 1977.
Accomplishments: Currently teaches: Business Statistics (Graduate and Undergraduate) Environmental Economics, Principles of Economics. MBA Student Association Outstanding Professor, 1988. Student Government Association, Outstanding Forestry Faculty Member, 1980-81. Economics and Finance Department Teaching Excellence Award Nominee 1996,1997, 1998. Participant, Master Teacher Program, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA., June 1992. Presenter for each Department in College of Business, on teaching concepts (from Master Teacher Program) 1992. Presented Teaching Seminar, College of Business, January 1994. Attended Critical Thinking/Teaching Strategy Workshops 1995 and 1996. Faculty Sponsor SYLVANS (Forestry Student Association) 1977-84. Freshmen Summer Orientation Speaker 1979 and 1984 - present. SACS Committee on Student Development and Intercollegiate Athletics, 1997 - present. SFA Faculty Senate - 12 years, has served four three-year terms. Was Chair of the SFA Faculty Senate 1987 - 1988. Creative Activities - 2 Journal Articles, 7 proceedings, 6 Technical reports and 12 other publications.
Quote from Student: "I truly feel I would not have been able to graduate had you not been willing to work with me. For this I can not say thank you enough". (Former student: Susan Reeder, 1990)
Quote from Student: "Dr. Howard is a wonderful teacher who understands how to teach a confusing topic, so we as students grasp the concept." (Student evaluation of teaching, written evaluations, 1997).
Nominee: Leah S. Smith
Position: Associate Professor of Elementary Education. Has taught at SFA since 1989 (9 years).
Degree: Doctor of Education, with a major in Reading/Educational Psychology/Testing, from the University of Houston (1988).
Accomplishments: Currently teaches Reading 415 (Corrective Reading Practicum) and Reading 512 (Advanced Diagnosis). Recipient of Department of Elementary education Award for Teaching Excellence in 1995. Director of Learning Center at SFA since 1992. Dr. Smith has created reading tutorial programs conducted by SFA Elementary Education majors which provides individual tutoring for at risk and bilingual grade school students from four local school districts, during and after the school day. Conducted Learning Center site visits by: Governor George Bush in 1996, Jean Osbom, Consultant for Governor Bush's business Alliance for Reading in 1997, and two visits by SFA Regents in 1997. Collected and analyzed data to evaluate tutorial progress toward student achievement. Results indicate a significant gain in reading achievement over a two-year period. Co-chair of Evaluation Committee for the Center for Professional Development and Technology (CPDT) 1993 -present. Designed and revised evaluation documents for the CPDT. Creative Activities: Awarded 16 grants funded by outside sources since 1995 totaling $75,000. Assisted in writing a grant for the center for Professional Development and technology (CPDT), totaling over $2 million. Made 8 presentations at various Education Conferences in U.S.A. since 1994.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Leah Smith has instilled her values in me and taught me the skills necessary for me to enter my first year of teaching with confidence." (Former Student, Rachel Colley)
Nominee: Piero Fenci
Position: Professor of Art at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1975 (23 years).
Degree: Master of Fine Arts (Terminal degree in his field-Ceramic Art) from New York State College of Ceramics (Alfred University) (I 975).
Accomplishments: Currently teaches: Art 130 (3-D Design), Art 350 (Ceramics 1), Art 450 (Ceramics II), and Art 575 (Advanced Ceramics). Five Ceramic Art Exhibitions in 1998 include the Dallas Museum of Art. One to six ceramic art exhibitions virtually every year since 1980. 3. His art is pictured in The Best of Pottery J. Fairbanks and A. Fina, Rockport Publishers (1996). It is 250 images of the world's best potters. His art pictured in 26 publications since 1980. He has presented 18 teaching workshops in ceramic art since 1980, including at such Universities as University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. He has arranged for many ceramic artists from all over the world to conduct teaching workshops at SFA virtually every year since 1975. 6. He originated the idea within the Art Department that all senior art majors should have a formal showing of their work. Now the Art Department requires this of all their senior majors. His teaching is done in a studio class from that has potentially hazardous materials. A National Association of Schools of Art Design consultant has inspected the efficiency and safety of his studio classroom and singled out his classroom as one of the best in the country.
Quote from Student: "I can think of no one who is more deserving of recognition for a lifetime excellent teaching performance than Piero Fenci." by Gregory Elliott former student and Area Head, Art Department, Louisiana State University.
Quote by Student: "Studying with Piero Fenci comes with the understanding that learning does not fit into a neat little package. He helps us learn by opening his life and work to his students." by Jennie Couch, former student and Assistant Professor of Art, Morehead College.
Nominee: Hans M. Williams
Position: Assistant Professor of Forestry at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1993 (5 years).
Degree: Ph.D. in Forestry from Auburn University (I 989). Major field of study: Forest Ecophysiology.
Accomplishments: Has taught FOR 209 (Forest Ecology), FOR 404 (Urban Forestry), FOR 515 (Tree Physiology), FOR 523 (Plant Water Relations), and ENV 415 (Environmental Planning). Developed 2 new courses at SFA: ENV 415 and FOR 523. In 1996-97 school year served on the committees of 15 Masters and Doctoral students. 1996 Finalist, SFA Foundation Achievement Award (for teaching excellence). Faculty Advisor, Student Chapter, Society of American Foresters, 1995-present. Texas Forestry Association-Board of Directors- Texas Society for American Foresters-Executive Committee for Student Affairs; Texas Department of Transportation-Technical Advisory Panel for Environmental Research. Helped create a program in Urban Forestry at SFA. Serves as Academic Advisor for this major. Nacogdoches Proud-Member of taskforce that designed a brochure for this organization. Also assisted in a major tree-planting project in Nacogdoches in 1997. Head of Urban Forestry Committee with Nacogdoches Proud. Creative Activities: Awarded 6 Outside Grants the past 4 years exceeding $250,000. 13 published articles and technical reports. 9 proceedings publications. 25 presentations at conferences. All in last 5 years.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Williams is an excellent example of what all college professors should strive to be. He is a great teacher and mentor." (Former student, Judy Haney)
Nominee: Lauren V. Scharff
Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1993 (5 years).
Degree: Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (I 992). Major in Human Experimental Psychology, Minor in Math.
Accomplishments: Has taught SFA 101 (Introduction to College for new freshmen), PSY 133 (Introductory Psychology), PSY 230 (Research Methods), PSY 350 (Physiological Psychology), PSY 440 (Perception with lab), PSY 506 (Graduate Perception), and PSY 525 (Graduate Teaching Seminar). Serves as an administrator and a facilitator for the SFA teaching circles program. Served on SFA's ACE Committee: American Council on Education, a University level committee that reports to VPAA Janelle Ashley regarding improving teaching effectiveness at SFA. Assisted in improving the New Faculty Orientation program at SFA. Developed Psychology Department Computer Lab and a Vision Lab in the Psychology Department. Sponsor and Co-Sponsor of the Psychology Club at SFA. Currently serving in SFA Faculty Senate. Active participant in Fabulous Friday Events at SFA. Has assisted several undergraduate students in publishing articles. Uses writing as an active learning technique in all her classes: requires evidence of reflective thought and/or critical thinking from her students. Creative Activities, 3 Journal Articles, 8 Presentations/Abstracts, 2 student research papers.
Quote from Student: "You are so full of energy and so animated when you explain things in class. It shows you have a passion for teaching." (Former Student, Michelle Lewins)
Quote from Student: "Dr. Scharff is the best teacher I have ever had and I am certain she is one of the best teachers SFA has ever had." (Former Student, Alyson Hill)
Quote from Student: "Dr. Scharff has a personality that she brings to the classroom that inspires students to learn. Her energy is a catalyst for me." (Former student, Jorie Keller)
|Freddie L. Avant||Applied Arts and Sciences||Social Work|
|Violet C. Rogers||Business||Accounting|
|Jan S. Richter||Education||Kinesiology|
|David W. Jones||Fine Arts||Music|
|James C. Kroll||Forestry||Forestry|
|David L. Petty||Liberal Arts||Sociology|
|Patricia S. Sharp||Sciences and Mathematics||Geology|
The Winner: David W. Jones
Position: Professor of Music at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1963 (36 years).
Degree: Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, from the University of Iowa. Degree awarded in 1972.
Accomplishments: Regents Professor for Teaching (1988). Teacher of the Year in Fine Arts (1987). Founder, Artistic Director and Stage Director of the Opera Workshop at SFA. Since 1972, he has directed over 30 productions of major operas at SFA. The operas are now major productions with full sets, costumes, and orchestra. An example of his successful former students: One of his students at SFA, Yvonne Gonzales, Soprano, was a 1993 National Metropolitan Opera audition winner and has sung in New York with the Metropolitan Opera in The Magic Flute as Papagena. Another of his former students, Bruce Brown, sang for over 100 performances in the last year at one of the greatest opera houses in the world, the Vienna Staatsoper.
Quote from Student: "If one recalls the history of the voice program at SFA over the past three decades, one will see that Dr. Jones has served in almost every capacity and helped students to excel." By Levi J. Beck, Young Artist Scholar, Cole Scholar, Pi Kappa Lambda Scholar, Presser Scholar.
Convocation Speaker: Dr. Marvin E. Kauffman, Ph.D.Dr. Kauffman is a past executive director of the American Geological Institute and also a past director of the National Science Foundation. He holds the Ph.D. in Geology from Princeton and spent most of his career teaching geology at Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Kauffman has also held teaching positions in New Zealand and the Netherlands. He has served as director and instructor in the NSF Summer Institutes for Secondary School Teachers in Earth Science. He has been president of the National Association of Geology Teachers and served on the 1987 Presidential Awards Selection Committee for pre-college science and math teachers in the US. Dr. Kauffman has more than 50 publications including a leading textbook, Physical Geology, by Prentice Hall.
Nominee: Feddie L. Avant
Position: Associate Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1986 (11 years).
Degree: M.S. in Social Work, University of Missouri-Columbia. Degree awarded in 1982.
Accomplishments: Intern Coordinator of Social Work Dept. at SFA. Teaches senior Social Work students at SFA. Responsible for the development and implementation of student field placements in rural and urban agency settings with quality field instruction. Provides training sessions for faculty field liaisons and agency field instructors to prepare them for field supervision, instruction, and education. Supervises and coordinates student field placements. 15 Proceedings/Paper Presentations - One example: "They Also Grieve: Bereavement Counseling with Mentally Retarded Clients and Their Families" for National Association of Social Workers, Texas State Convention, Corpus Christi, Oct. 1989. Coordinator for 13 Workshops - One example: Coordinator and presenter, "Agency Field Instructors Training Workshop," Lufkin, Texas, May 1988. Social Work Supervisor at Lufkin State School (1984-1987).
Quote from Student: "Mr. Avant was not only influential as a teacher, but informative and inspiring." By Kristi Bratton-Clark, BSW from SFA Supervisor of Social Services, Woodland Heights Medical Center.
Nominee: Violet C. Rogers
Position: Assistant Professor of Accounting at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1991 (6 years).
Degree: Ph.D. in Accounting with a minor in Economics from the University of North Texas. Degree awarded in 1993.
Accomplishments: CPA and Manager, Alexander & Rogers, CPA's, Lufkin & Nacogdoches, 1978-1984. 5 refereed journal articles published. 11 Proceedings/Presentations. Serves on Fabulous Friday Steering Committee. Named outstanding intermediate Accounting teacher at SFA by the students of Beta Alpha Psi. Has taught SFA 101, the first semester course for new freshmen students at SFA. SFA 101 teaches effective study habits, effective use of the library and other campus resources, and exposes new students to some of the best teachers at SFA. Advisor for two student organizations.
Quote from Student: "You are such an inspiration to your students and you have been a great teacher and friend." By Troy Jordan, SFA student.
Quote from Student: "I would really like to thank you for the time, and energy and confidence you instilled in me." By Eric Perry, SFA graduate & former student.
Nominee: Jan S. Richter
Position: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1993 (4 years).
Degree: Educational Doctorate in Health Education, from Oklahoma State University. Degree Awarded in 1993.
Accomplishments: Over 100 presentations from 1988 to present have been made in public schools, colleges, universities, conventions, and conferences on topics including HIV/AIDS, wellness, human sexuality, curriculum development, comprehensive health education and adapted physical education. One example; "Strategies for Implementing HIV/AIDS Education in the Public School Setting" presented at the 1996 HIV/STD Texas State conference, Austin, Texas. Five Refereed Journal Articles: One example; "HIV/AIDS Knowledge of Texas Secondary Teachers", in: Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, February, 1997. Four funded grants and 37 proceedings/paper presentations of academic conferences. One book, Your Health: Strategies for Wellness, published in 1996 by W.C. Brown & Benchmark Publishers of Dubuque, IA. Director of Health Science Program in Department of Kinesiology at SFA, which has grown 64% during the last 5 years. Dr. Mel Finkenberg, Department Head of Kinesiology Department, says this is directly attributable to Dr. Richter.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Richter makes learning fun, interesting and exciting. Her lectures are not really lectures at all, but more like discussions. She encourages us to form our own values and ideas and to express our own opinions." By Cami Tipton. "I wish every student on this campus could be a part of your class and have the rewarding experience that I have had." By Sybil Jones "Dr. Richter challenges her students to reach their potential and she has a genuine concern for us, not merely as students, but as individuals." By Peggy Stillwell.
The large number of letters from current and former students over several years attest to Dr. Richter's quality teaching and her effectiveness in the classroom. Many students said her personal advice and counseling had been very important to them.
Nominee: James C. Kroll
Position: Professor of Forestry at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1973 (24 years).
Degree: Ph.D. Wildlife Biology, from Texas A&M. Degree awarded in 1973.
Accomplishments: Regents professor at SFA in 1995. SFA Alumni Association Distinguished Professor in 1992. Nationally known white-tailed deer expert. Prolific researcher and publisher. Ten books - one example: A Practical Guide to Producing and Harvesting White-tailed Deer. (600 pages) Published by the College of Forestry at SFA in 1992. Six Videos - one example: "Producing and Harvesting Trophy Whitetails." 83 Scholarly Publications - one example: "Wood Duck nest site selection in East Texas" in 43rd Annual S.E. Association of Fish & Wildlife, 1989, p. 380-388. Over 100 Publications in Popular Magazines - one example: "Hunting and the Texas Economy," Lone Star Bowhunter, May/June 1995, p.36-38. Over 40 Professional/Scientific Presentations - one example: "Electric Fences as Deterrents to Deer Movements, S.E. Deer Study Group, Athens, GA, 1985. 20 Theses and Dissertations Directed - one example: "Foraging Activity of White-tailed Deer in East Texas" (Doctoral Dissertation) 1984 (R.L. Rayburn). Awarded over 20 Research Grants. On Board of Directors of Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Forestry Association, and Texas System of Natural Areas.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Kroll's dedication to his teaching and research were evident every day and I was constantly amazed at how much influence his teachings had on the Forestry/Wildlife students at SFA." By Darrell E. Evans, B.S. 1982).
Nominee: David L. Petty
Position: Professor of Sociology at SFA. Has taught at SFA since 1970 (27 years).
Degree: Ph.D. Sociology Texas A&M, degree awarded in 1977.
Accomplishments: Regent's Professor for Teaching at SFA, 1987. Coordinator of GERONTOLOGY PROGRAM at SFA from 1980-1991. Pre-Retirement Workshops conducted for SFA annually since 1989 and also for four other organizations. 12 Refereed Journal Articles - for example: The Development of Pre-Retirement Workshops" The Journal of Aging in the Southwest, VOL. 1, Fall, 1984. 13 Proceedings/Paper Presentations - one example:"Pre-Retirement Programming: A Defense and a Model", 1994 Southwestern Sociological Association Annual Meetings. Manual - Developing/Conducting Community Awareness Seminars on Alzheimer's Disease, for the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (1988). Facilitator - Alzheimer's Disease Community Support Group, 1985 to present. ELDERHOSTEL - Campus Coordinator and Director of 8 sessions, 1981-1989. Senior Mayfest - Campus Coordinator: handled all local arrangements in hosting about 1000 Senior Adults from surrounding 12 county area, 1984-present. Course Development - For example: Developed a course - Sociology of Sex Education for Children (SOC. 452), and has taught it for the past 20 years. Retired Colonel in U.S. Air Force and an ordained Baptist minister.
Quote from Student: "Dr. Petty's courses come to life in enjoyable, meaningful manners as he creatively communicates the course material through many teaching techniques." By Eveta Sharp, SFA Graduate.
Quote from Student: "Keep up the good work Dr. Petty, you are appreciated as a teacher and you are the best." By Sharon Young, SFA Graduate.
Nominee: Patricia S. Sharp
Position: Instructor of Geology at SFA, Has taught at SFA since 1979 (18 years).
Degree: M.S. in Geology from SFA . Degree awarded in 1978.
Accomplishments: Laboratory coordinator at SFA from 1983-present for Geology Dept. Given 75 Earth Science Presentations to school groups, science clubs, etc. 1979 to Present. Judge at nine Science Fairs, 1985 to present. Session coordinator/Geology Coordinator for Fabulous Friday at SFA, 1981-1991. Ten professional teaching workshops for High School or Jr. High School teachers, 1992 to present. Has taught graduate teaching assistants, in Geology, how to teach labs. Takes SFA Geology students on field trips to study rocks and structures. Produced high quality lab manuals for her classes. The money earned from the sale of these manuals goes to fund student scholarships.
Quote from Student: "Mrs. Sharp's enthusiasm for teaching and learning is incredible." By Joey Williams, SFA Graduate, 1996.
|Joe Oliver||Applied Arts and Sciences||Communications|
|Camille Price||Business||Computer Science|
|Mitzi Perritt||Education||Human Sciences|
|Allen Oster||Fine Arts||Theatre|
|Jere Jackson||Liberal Arts||History|
|Thomas Callaway||Sciences and Mathematics||Physics and Astronomy|
The Winner: Allen Oster
Last spring (1996) Allen Oster was selected to receive SFA's Outstanding Teacher Award. What would be equally fitting would be a Perseverance Award.
Perseverance has been a trademark since Oster's arrival on campus in 1983. Although he began directing student theatrical productions immediately and was teaching a full load, he was carried as a lecturer four years and then another year as an instructor before finally being named an assistant professor in 1988. Promotion to associate professor came three years ago.
The road to Oster's present position took a number of twists and turns, including an eight-year hiatus from university student life to act and direct professionally for college, summer, regional and dinner theatres in Arizona, California, both Dakotas, Texas and Utah.
But, let's go back to childhood in North Dakota, where Oster's parents owned a home-cooking Mom & Pop restaurant in Washburn ("I was born in an oven instead of a suitcase," he laughs). The restaurant provided a handy part-time job for Oster (waiter, stocker, busboy, occasional cook) and gave him a background that came in handy between theatre jobs later.
"Washburn was a great place to grow up," recalls Oster. "Small, about a thousand people, with a sense of community." He became interested in theatrics at an early age ("I remember my first role was as a turnip.")
He attended Dickson State University from 1967 to 1971, but left without a degree to hit the acting and directing circuit. Cooking and bartending helped pay the bills between assignments.
Finally, in 1979, his theatre prof and mentor at Dickinson, Gean Waldera, hired him as a guest director, then persuaded him to finish his degree, which he did in May of that year. Graduate school followed (M.A. from North Dakota State University in 1981 and MFA from the University of Utah in 1983).
When the SFA spot opened, Oster was hired sight unseen and told to be in Nacogdoches in three days. "I had only been to Texas once, and that was to Dallas," Oster recalls. "I had no idea East Texas was so green or had so many trees. I liked it here immediately."
Oster says Dr. Ken Waters "took me under his wing. He's like a father to me. He is at least 20 times more deserving of the Outstanding Teacher award than I am."
Oster followed Waters in another respect, taking over direction of the High School Summer Theatre Workshop six years ago. Waters had run the workshop for more than two decades previously. "I think it's a wonderful recruiting tool," says Oster, adding that 55 students were on campus this summer.
A committed bachelor (Oster says his ways are too staid to be changed), he still likes to cook, is "a CNN addict" and collects masks. He also is the ideal adviser to young people with itchy feet, drawing upon his own experience to keep them in school.
|Linda Morales||Applied Arts and Sciences||Social Work|
|Timothy Clipson||Business||Administrative Services|
|John Daniel||Fine Arts||Art|
|Robert Szafran||Liberal Arts||Sociology|
|Norman Markworth||Sciences and Mathematics||Physics and Astronomy|
The Winner: Robert Szafran
The multi-faceted talents of Dr. Robert Szafran have created an intriguing dilemma for the associate professor of sociology and assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts.
He finds administrative work ''interesting and stimulating," but also enjoys teaching and will always remain active in research.
All three areas are being served by Szafran in his current roles. As assistant dean, he coordinates the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) at SFA and helps in advising the 1,200 or so undecided majors each fall while still teaching three courses each long semester. He also finds time for considerable research, as a string of published and presented papers will attest, along with his 1984 book on "Universities and Women Faculty: Why Some Organizations Discriminate More Than Others."
A native of Chicago, Szafran came to SFA in the fall of 1983 from the University of Iowa. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
A recipient of numerous faculty research grants both here and at Iowa, Szafran also has accumulated outstanding teaching awards, grants, fellowships and various other honors.
He jokingly notes that he has worked his way downward in population centers from the childhood metropolis of Chicago, to Madison, Wisconsin, to Iowa City, to Nacogdoches.
SFA was attractive to Szafran "because it blends teaching and research very nicely. The top priority is teaching, although there is ample room for research. Too many other universities place their primary emphasis on research."
Szafran met and married his wife, Shirley, in 1971 while he was beginning his graduate studies at Wisconsin. She is now a computer science major at SFA and they have three sons, Cory, a 17-year-old high school junior; Todd, a 14-year-old high school freshman, and Adam, an 11-year-old sixth-grader.
Szafran has also found time to serve as a consultant for the City of Nacogdoches Comprehensive Master Plan, was vice-president of the SFA chapter of the Texas Association of College Teachers in 1986-88 and has been an active program participant with the East Texas Conference for Sociology Teachers.
Web Masters' note: This article appeared seven years ago in the Faculty Focus section of the SFASU Football program. Son Adam mentioned above recently graduated from Nacogdoches High School and wife, Shirley, is now the computer systems' person at the SFA LINC.
|Miles McCall||Applied Arts and Sciences||Communications|
|James DiNucci||Education||Kinesiology and Health Science|
|Andrew Parr||Fine Arts||Music|
|Wayne Johnson||Liberal Arts||Political Science|
|W.D. Clark||Sciences and Mathematics||Mathematics and Statistics|
The Winner: James Dinucci
During his two decades at Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. James DiNucci has helped raise the scientific concepts of physical education to a degree never before seen here.
The years spent in increasing the stature and academic recognition for health and physical education culminated last spring in his selection as a 1992-93 Regents Professor.
This is the second major recognition on campus of the director of physical education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. In 1978, he was recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award from the SFA Alumni Association.
A native of Portland, Oregon, DiNucci holds the bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College (a degree that also included teaching fields in biology and English). A graduate fellowship to the University of Illinois followed, where he achieved his master's degree in just one year. High school teaching followed for the next seven years while DiNucci also worked as a logger during the summers, but in 1966 he returned for his doctoral residency to the University of Oregon, gaining his Ph.D. in 1968.
Always active in civic and community roles, DiNucci served terms as president, vice president and secretary of the board of trustees of the Nacogdoches Independent School District during his decade of service with that group. He also is a member of tile Nacogdoches Rotary Club, president and member of the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Nacogdoches County, past president of the Nacogdoches County chapter of the American Heart Association and for many years has been active in various adult leadership roles for the Boy Scouts of America.
During his first five years at SFA, DiNucci and Dr. David Shows started the first campus adult fitness program in the state, continuing to emphasize the program until people were made aware that exercise is a lifetime proposition.
DiNucci lives his creed. A trim, erect 167pounder, DiNucci appears far younger than his 57 years. A dedicated jogging enthusiast, he and ]his wife of 28 years, Karen, are also avid hikers and bikers.
Many of DiNucci's publications have been interdisciplinary in nature, including such studies as coronary risk factors among middle school boys and girls. And for years, SFA health and physical education majors have been undergoing fitness tests each semester that include a mile run, flexed arm hang, oneminute situps, etc., designed to give students an object lesson in just what physical fitness is.
DiNucci and Shows initiated the tests in 1980, the only university to DiNucci's knowledge utilizing such a device in physical education.