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The 2000 nominees were:

Name

College

Department

Jean Parker Eldred

Applied Arts and Sciences

Communication

Aileen Smith

Business

Accounting

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 & Mathematics

Physics and Astronomy

The 2000 recipient was Rachel A. Underwood

General Statement, Eligibility, and Criteria

Convocation Speaker: (for additional pictures of the 2000 convocation click here!)

 

 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.

The 1999 Convocation

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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."


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)

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


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:

  • students 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


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


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


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


last updated 4/6/00 by
John Anson
janson@sfasu.edu