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The 2001 nominees were:

Name 

College 

Department 

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 & Mathematics 

Mathematics

The 2001 recipient was Dr. M.K. "Suzy" Weems

Suzy Weems


General Statement, Eligibility, and Criteria


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


Previous Convocations

The 2000 Convocation

The 1999 Convocation

The 1998 Convocation

The 1997 Convocation

The 1996 Convocation

The 1995 Convocation

The 1994 Convocation


The Nominees

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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