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Faculty Honors Convocation presents
awards, honors retirees
April 14, 2010
Faculty Honors Convocation at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro took
place Tuesday, April 13, in Centennial Hall, in the Reng Student
Services Center/Student Union. A reception for retiring faculty began at
2 p.m., and the recognition of these emeriti faculty, along with the
presentation of the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees Faculty
Achievement Awards and the Outstanding Academic Advising Award, took
place at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. G. Daniel Howard, provost, Academic Affairs and Research,
formally recognized the retiring faculty members.
Retirees being honored were Mr. Tom
Chaffee, professor of Art; Dr. Joel Gambill, chair of the Department of
Journalism, Ms. Gayle Pendergrass, professor of Art, Dr. Verlene
Ringgenberg, dean of Regional Programs, Dr. Susan Roehrig, associate
professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Russ Shain, dean of the
College of Communications.
The deans of the
retirees’ colleges also made remarks.
Nominees in the category of scholarship included Dr. James Bednarz,
Dr. Erick Paulo Cesar Chang, Dr. Dixie Keyes, Dr. Guitele
Rahill, and Dr. Rollin Tusalem. Nominees for service include
Janelle Collins, Dr. Blair Dean, Dr. Daniel Marburger, and
Deborah Persell. Nominees for teaching included Dr. George Jacinto,
Dr. Sarath Nonis, and Dr. Allyn Ontko. Nominees for
academic advising included Dr. Loretta Brewer, Dr. Joel Gambill,
Dr. Sherri Lovelace, and
Dr. Thomas Risch.
The Outstanding Academic Advising Award and the ASU Board of Trustees
Faculty Achievement Awards for Teaching, Professional Service, and
Scholarship, are presented each spring to four faculty members who have
demonstrated unusually significant and meritorious achievement in
advising, teaching, professional service, and scholarship.
The Outstanding Academic Advising Award recipient was Dr. Joel
Gambill, chair, Journalism, College of Communications. The Outstanding Academic Advising Award is based upon a
faculty member’s demonstration of strong interpersonal ability,
availability, and a caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty,
and staff, as well as a mastery of institutional regulations, policies,
and procedures. Dr. Kristin Biondolillo, Psychology, and Dr. Richard
Freer, Social Work, presented the award to Dr. Gambill.
Following the presentation of the Outstanding Academic Advisement Award,
Provost Dr. G. Daniel Howard presented the Faculty Achievement Awards
for teaching, professional service, and scholarship.
The Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching recipient was Dr. Sarath
Nonis, Marketing, College of Business. This award for excellence in teaching is based upon
unusual effort devoted to ensuring the quality of the students’
classroom learning experience; possession of high scholarly standards
for both the rigor and the currency of course content and for the level
of student performance with respect for these standards; and measurement
of the faculty member’s direct impact on and involvement with students.
The Faculty Achievement Award for Professional Service recipient was
Dr. Deborah Persell, Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions. This award for excellence in professional service is based
upon contributions of exceptional merit and importance to department,
college, and university committees, undertakings, projects, programs,
student organizations, and services; contributions of exceptional merit
and importance to academic and professional organizations as evidenced
by offices held, editorships, reports, committee assignments completed,
and other organizational responsibilities and roles; and contributions
of professional expertise to individuals, groups, organizations and
corporations through workshops, services, consulting, in-service
training, and other activities.
The Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship recipient was Dr.
Rollin Tusalem, Political Science, College of Humanities and Social
Sciences. This award for excellence in
scholarship is based upon the publication (or conditional acceptance) of
one or more particularly high-quality, original, and scholarly
contributions by a nationally recognized, refereed professional/academic
journal, juried exhibition, or other professional outlet; additional
evidence of scholarly merit, including refereed scholarly activities of
lesser stature such as presentations in regional journals or exhibits,
or refereed papers read to professional organizations; and the potential
significance of these contributions to enhance the effectiveness of the
subject content in the classroom.
left, retirees Dean Rush Shain, Dr. Susan Roehrig, Provost G. Daniel
Howard, and Dr. Joel Gambill. Photo by Cassie Hodge.
Faculty Achievement Award winners for 2010 are, from left, Dr. Deborah
Persell and Dr. Rollin Tusalem with Provost G. Daniel Howard. Dr. Sarath
Nonis is at far right. Photo by Cassie Hodge.
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