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September 29, 2011

Faculty Members Receive Awards and Honors

Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners with years of industry experience and research acclaim. Nearly 90% of our professors hold PhDs or the highest degree in their discipline. They stay active in their fields and are passionate about bringing their expertise to the classroom. St. Edward’s University faculty members garner recognition near and far. Their latest awards and other honors from the 2010-2011 academic year include:

Assistant professor of English Writing and Rhetoric, Carrie Fountain’s collection of poems Burn Lake published last year by Penguin USA, has been named a finalist for the 2010 Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Book Award.

Fountain was named a “Top Ten Haute Young Writer” this year by the SMU Library Foundation and will present poetry at their gala event, Tables of Content, awarding the contributions of former First Lady Laura Bush. She was also profiled in the Jan./Feb. issue of Poets & Writers Magazine for their annual Debut Poets feature and featured at poemoftheweek.org for the week of March 21.

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Judy A. Leavell, associate professor of Reading was also by the International Reading Association to be part of a research team that traveled to Cuba May 14–19, to do a follow-up study of Cuba’s literacy campaign.

 

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Assistant Professor, Ev Lunning Jr. appeared in Man and Superman by G. B. Shaw, produced by the Austin Shakespeare Festival (ASF) at the Rollins Theater in the Long Center for the Performing Arts in March 2011. The cast included Mary Moody Northen Theatre guest artists Shelby Davenport, Jill Blackwood, and Janelle Buchanan. The production was directed by ASF Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella.

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Brother Gerard Muller, assistant professor of Music, is presently working on the audio version of his biography, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Leader. He recently put the biography online for download with seven of his other books at faculty.stedwards.edu/geraldm.

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Tom Sechrest, associate dean of the School of Management and Business and director of the MSOLE Program, was chosen as Chair Elect of the Leadership Development Member Interest Group (MIG) of the International Leadership Association (ILA) in a December 2010 worldwide election. The ILA is a renowned global network for those who practice, study and teach leadership. There are more than 2000 members from 82 countries across the globe. The Leadership Development Member Interest Group is one of the largest in ILA. Sechrest will spend a year assisting the current chair before assuming full responsibility for the MIG in December 2011. Sechrest will also play a prominent role in planning the ILA International Leadership Conference planned for London, England, in October 2011.

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Grant W. Simpson, dean and professor of Education, was recognized with the Council of Deans of Education Leadership Award from the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at the Annual Conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education in Houston on Oct. 10–12, 2010.

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In January 2011, Teri Varner, assistant professor of Communication, was nominated and selected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors for The Care Communities — a non-profit organization that provides practical and compassionate support, through volunteer Care Teams, for people living with serious illnesses, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

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This is the fifth of five blog entries that will highlight faculty accomplishments compiled for the May Board of Trustees meeting. The series will containfaculty members who have published books and book chapters, journal articles and poetry, papers, art and photography exhibits, awards and recognitions.

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