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This year's nominees were:

Name

College

Department

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 & Mathematics

Geology

This year's winner is David W. Jones

General Statement, Eligibility, and Criteria

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.

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Freddie 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.


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.


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.


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."

Quote by student:

Levi J. Beck, Young Artist Scholar, Cole Scholar, Pi Kappa Lambda Scholar, Presser Scholar.


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).


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.


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.