Teaching Excellence Awards
April 14, 2005
Al Greule is the College of Applied Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence
An associate professor of communication, Greule has taught at SFA
since 1989. He earned a bachelor's degree from State University
of New York at Oswego and a master's from Ohio University with an
emphasis in broadcast management. His doctorate is from Texas A&M.
Greule served as vice president of alumni and professional services
for the National Broadcasting Society from 2001 through 2004 and
served on the board of directors for the Texas Broadcast Education
Foundation from 2001 to 2002. He served as president of the
Texas Association of Broadcast Educators from 1998 to 2000.
In January 2000, Greule was one of 25 radio/television faculty members
selected worldwide as a fellow of the National Association of Television
"Dr. Greule's current students steadily record excellent showings
in productions, and his former students are a lineup of successful
media professionals," said Dr. Robert Ramsey, chair of the SFA Department
of Communication. "Many graduates credit Dr. Greule with making
a significant contribution to their careers."
Marlene Kahla is the Teaching Excellence Award recipient of SFA's
Nelson Rusche College of Business.
An assistant professor of marketing, Kahla has taught at SFA since
1979. She earned a bachelor's degree and master's in business administration
from Sam Houston State University. Her doctorate is from Texas A&M.
Kahla has served as a reviewer for the International Academy for
Case Studies business journal since 2002.
Kahla serves as adviser to SFA students competing in American Marketing
Association international competitions, and her teams have been
named finalists in each of the past five years, including third-place
finishes in 2003 and 2004. A student group under her supervision
designed the campaign for JackBucks, a student debit card program
utilized by local businesses.
"Dr. Kahla believes that one important aspect of teaching marketing
is learning by doing, and that the real world of marketing is fun,
exciting and should be shared with our students," said Dr. Violet
Rogers, SFA business dean. "Therefore, her classes are full of activities,
plans, presentations and case studies. She delivers a complete understanding
of not only marketing, but how marketing fits in with the rest of
the business and with the success of a company or institution."
Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the SFA College of Education
is Dr. Alan Sowards.
An assistant professor of elementary education, Sowards joined the
SFA faculty in 1995. Sowards received a bachelor's degree from SFA
in science, a master's degree in environmental science from the
University of Texas at Dallas and his doctorate from Texas A&M
University – Commerce.
In 2004, Sowards received the Sadie Ray Graff Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Texas Environmental Education from Keep Texas Beautiful
and an Alumni Ambassador Award from Texas A&M – Commerce. He
received a state environmental award in 2002 from the Texas Natural
Resource Conservation Commission.
More than 12,000 Texas school students in the past six years have
participated in Sowards' program, "Bugs, Butterflies and Blossoms,"
at the SFA Arboretum. Approximately 2,000 students during the past
three years have participated in his "Water Works: A Wetland Adventure"
program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center near Athens, and
through the program, a partnership between the center and SFA has
been established for internships, scholarships and research. Each
year, local third-graders learn about life in the past at the "Day
of Adventure" organized by Sowards at Millard's Crossing Historic
"For the college students, these special events not only teach science,
but provide first-hand experiences with children as they are learning
science," said Dr. Janice Pattillo, chair of the Department of Elementary
Education. "Dr. Sowards has demonstrated through his excellent student
evaluations, many published professional articles, and work on numerous
university, state and national committees that he is a valuable
asset to the College of Education and SFA."
Tim King is the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award recipient.
A professor of music, King has served as director of choral programs
at SFA for a total of 17 years, first from 1983 through 1989 and
returning to the campus in 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree and
master's degree from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Musical
Arts from the University of Illinois.
King's choirs have entertained East Texas residents for years with
productions of the Messiah, the Madrigal Dinner and other concerts.
His groups have been invited to sing for the American Choral Directors
Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Music Educators
National Conference and with the Manhattan Philharmonic Symphony
at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
In 2003, King led SFA's A Cappella Choir on a tour of Europe, singing
in Vienna for its 1,000-year celebration, at the International Festival
in Marostica, in Salzburg's Cathedral and in the Basilica of San
Marco in Venice. Dr. Richard Berry, dean of the SFA College of Fine
Arts, traveled with the choir.
"It was fascinating to watch Dr. King guide the choir to remarkable
performances in concert after concert," Berry said. "To accomplish
this using the basic repertoire day after day is no mean achievement.
Dr. King has the gift of relating to students that enables him to
Hans Williams is the Teaching Excellence Award winner for the SFA
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
Williams joined the faculty in 1993 and serves as the Kenneth Nelson
Distinguished Professor of Forestry at SFA. He holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in forestry from Purdue University and a master's
degree from Clemson University. The emphasis for his doctorate from
Auburn was forest ecophysiology and seedling quality.
In addition to serving as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Society
of American Forestry, Williams serves as the faculty adviser of
the SFA International Society of Arboriculture student chapter and
is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Forestry Association.
Williams received the college's teaching excellence award in 1998
and 2002, and was a finalist in 1998 for the Student Organization
Faculty Adviser of the Year award and the SFA Faculty Foundation
Achievement Award. He has co-authored 40 papers and made presentations
at 57 professional meetings. Dr. Scott Beasley, dean of the college,
said that Williams' research has strengthened his classroom teaching.
"His students are assured of receiving 'state-of-the-art' science
information in his courses, and many of those students work part
time on his research projects, which benefits them educationally
and monetarily," Beasley said. "Dr. Williams is a true professional
who has committed, and continues to commit, his full-time attention,
talents and energy to being the best teacher, researcher and 'team
member' that he can possibly be."
Joyce Ann Carlton Johnston
Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the College of Liberal Arts
is Dr. Joyce Ann Carlton Johnston.
Johnston joined the SFA faculty in 2002 and is an assistant professor
of French and Spanish. She earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity
University and a master's degree and doctorate in French literature
from Indiana University at Bloomington. She also taught at Bloomington,
where she received teaching excellence awards in 1997 and 1998.
In addition to serving as faculty adviser for the SFA French Club,
Johnston established and maintains the "French at SFA" Web site.
She also established a French conversation group that includes SFA
students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Nacogdoches
community, in weekly gatherings at a local coffee house.
Since her arrival at SFA, Johnston has written three articles accepted
for publication and is working on a critical edition of the theatrical
works of a significant 19th-century French female journalist and
poet, Delphine Gay de Girardin.
"Dr. Johnston's use of materials from Africa and the Caribbean offers
SFA students important insights into the variety of Francophone
culture, introducing them not only to different kinds of French,
but to different views of the world," said Dr. Ann Doyle-Anderson,
chair of the Department of Modern Languages. "Students from her
advanced literature classes comment on the breadth and depth of
her knowledge, as well as her enthusiasm."
James Stamey is the Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the
College of Sciences and Mathematics.
Stamey is an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics and
joined the SFA faculty in 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in
mathematics from Northwestern State University. He earned a Master
of Business Administration degree and a doctorate in statistics
from Baylor University. He was nominated for the Baylor ODK Young
Men and Women of Merit award.
Since earning his doctorate, Stamey has completed 14 refereed publications.
He has received research grants each year at SFA and was named a
Mathematical Association of American Project NexT (New Experiences
in Teaching) fellow. He has served as a mentor to middle-school
teachers participating in the math department's program funded by
the National Science Foundation to enhance mathematics education.
"Students recognize Dr. Stamey's ability to motivate and inspire
them to work extraordinarily hard to attain a high level of success
in his courses," said Dr. Jasper Adams, chair of the Department
of Mathematics and Statistics. "They know that Dr. Stamey truly
cares about them as individuals and is willing to invest his time
and efforts on their behalf."