UofM Will Recognize Exceptional Teaching and Research at Faculty Convocation

April 20, 2016 - The University of Memphis Faculty Convocation luncheon will be held Friday, April 29, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Suite. The 2016 awards and honorees are:

Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award: Dr. Roy Van Arsdale, Department of Earth Sciences. The Eminent Faculty Award is presented by the Board of Visitors to an individual who has made exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly achievement, teaching and service, bringing honor and recognition to the University. This is the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the University.

Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards: Dr. Reginald Martin, Department of English; Dr. Charles Crawford, Department of History; Dr. Sharon Stanley, Department of Political Science; and Dr. David Freeman, Department of Biological Sciences.

Alumni Association Distinguished Research Awards: Distinguished Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics – Dr. Mohamed Laradji, Department of Physics and Materials Science; Distinguished Research in Social Sciences, Business and Law – Dr. James Murphy, Department of Psychology; Distinguished Research in the Humanities – Dr. Stephen Tabachnick, Department of English; Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts – Sarah Brown, Department of Theatre and Dance; and Excellence in Engaged Scholarship – Dr. Charles Santo, Department of City and Regional Planning.

Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Award: Dr. Denis Grẻlẻ, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Joanne Rhodes, Department of Physics and Materials Science. The Briggs Award recognizes teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and overall commitment to undergraduate education. Established in 1996, it is named for the founder of Welcome Wagon International.

Gabrielle Maxey