Auburn University honors academic achievements of faculty

AUBURN – Auburn University honored the outstanding academic achievements of four faculty members and recognized many others at an awards ceremony Oct. 8. The event, at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, marked the third time these annual awards have been given in a combined, formal ceremony.

Among those receiving awards were Daniel D. Butler, the Thomas Walter Professor of Technology Management and associate professor of marketing in the College of Business, and Steven Kincaid, alumni professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Both received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rex Dunham, alumni professor of fisheries and allied aquacultures in the College of Agriculture was presented with the Creative Research and Scholarship Award. Chris Rodger, the Scharnagel Professor of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics received the Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach.

In addition, recipients of this year’s Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Awards were recognized. These awards are presented on the basis of outstanding teaching of undergraduates from nominations made by department heads, deans, alumni and students. A committee of retired faculty selects the recipients. This year’s winners were Kelly Bryant, associate professor of industrial design in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; Joey Shaw, professor in agronomy and soils in the College of Agriculture; and Ed Williams, professor in communications and journalism in the College of Liberal Arts.

Awards were also presented to the 2008 Alumni Professors, a group of faculty who receive five-year non-renewable professorships that are sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association with funds endowed from Auburn Annual Giving. These awards are presented on the basis of research, publishing and teaching. The 2008 Alumni Professors were Susan Brinson, professor n communications and journalism in the College of Liberal Arts; Steve Duke, associate professor in chemical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; Dan Givens, associate professor in pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine; John Saye, professor of curriculum and teaching in the College of Education; and Joey Shaw, professor in agronomy and soils in the College of Agriculture.

Bernhard Kaltenboeck, professor of veterinary microbiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship. This award is jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the Auburn University Graduate School. The recipients are nominated by deans and department heads and chosen by the Graduate Faculty Council on the basis of excellence in research.

Auburn University Provost John Heilman hosted the event and Joseph Kicklighter, professor and undergraduate program officer in the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, served as master of ceremonies. Virginia Thompson, Auburn University Board of Trustees, gave congratulations and special remarks.

The ceremony featured music by FOCUS, a five-member, Auburn University student and staff Christian a cappella group; while the faculty-led band, Noisy Deidre, performed during the reception.

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