University of Memphis Presents Faculty Awards at Luncheon

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

April 14, 2015 - The University of Memphis presented its faculty awards at a luncheon today in the University Center Fountain View Room. Dr. Albert Okunade, professor of Economics, received the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. This is the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the University. The award is given annually to a faculty member who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching and service, bringing honor and recognition to the University.

Alumni Association Distinguished Research Awards were presented to Dr. Thomas Sutter, professor and Feinstone Chair of Excellence in Molecular Biology, Distinguished Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics; Dr. Roger Kreuz, professor of Psychology, Distinguished Research in Social Sciences, Business and Law; Dr. Eric Link, professor of English, Distinguished Research in the Humanities; Dr. John Bensko, professor of English, Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts; and Dr. David Cox, professor in the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration, Excellence in Engaged Scholarship.

Receiving the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards were Thomas Banning, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology; Jennifer Johnston, instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages; Dr. Robert Kelz, assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages; and Dr. Sarah Potter, associate professor in the Department of History.

Thomas W. Briggs Foundation in Excellence in Teaching Awards went to Dr. Douglas Campbell, instructor in the Department of Economics, and Dr. Shirleatha Lee, associate professor in the Loewenberg School of Nursing. The award was established by the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation to recognize outstanding undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education.