2008 Teaching Excellence Awards

April 29, 2008

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


The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Selection criteria is divided into three categories which include knowledge of subject matter, interest in students, organization of classes and assignments, innovative instruction, letters from students, alumni, faculty and teaching colleagues, and contribution to improvement of teaching at the university.


Each of the six recipients received a plaque and $750 cash award.

Each of the College Teaching Excellence Recipients was presented followed by response of Recipient's Teaching Philosophy.



Recipients of 2008 University Teaching Excellence Award

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.



Special Thanks


A special thanks to the members of the Teaching Excellence Committee who worked so hard to put this event together,

they are:

Dr. Lisa Mize, Human Sciences(Chair of Teaching Excellence Committee)

Dr. Dennis Gravatt, Biology

Dr. Tim King, Music
Dr. Keaton Grubbs, General Business
Dr. Matthew McBroom, Forestry
Dr. Joyce Johnston, Modern Language
Dr. John Moore, Teaching Excellence Center
Dr. Lauren Scharff, Teaching Excellence Center


Previous Convocations:

The 2007 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2006 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2005 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2004 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2003 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2002 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2001 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 2000 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 1999 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 1998 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 1997 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 1996 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 1995 Teaching Excellence Convocation

The 1994 Teaching Excellence Convocation

General Statement, Eligibility and Criteria