School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences faculty and staff recognized at Chancellor’s awards ceremony

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences


Left to right: Brenda Matthews, Arlanda Jacobs, Alicia Farmer and Dr. Tracy Dunbar.

Four faculty and staff members of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) received $1,000 prizes at the Chancellor’s Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony recently. Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander presented the awards, which recognize individual performance in areas including teaching, research, customer service, public service and global engagement.

Dr. Tracy Dunbar, associate professor of agriculture, received the Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes the highest quality of teaching or instruction. Criteria for the award include extensive knowledge and mastery of subject matter, innovation in course and curriculum design, the ability to inspire and mentor students through independent and creative thinking and work that enriches the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Alicia Farmer, instructor of agriculture, and Brenda Matthews, project/program specialist for the UAPB/USDA Liaison Office, each received the University Customer Service Award, which recognizes those who exhibit the highest degree of customer service and consistently exceed the expectations set for their position. Criteria for the award include proven contributions toward effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace, development of cost-savings plans, work on special projects, consistent, positive interpersonal skills and the recognition of excellence in others.

Arlanda Jacobs, Extension associate, received the University Outreach and Engagement Award, which recognizes those whose public service has the greatest impact on the university. Criteria for the award include demonstrated leadership in community-based instruction and active engagement with community partners through public service.

“Our School benefits tremendously from the exceptional work done by the awardees,” Dr. Edmund R. Buckner, interim dean/director of SAFHS, said. “Their achievement is indicative of their dedication to enhancing UAPB and the community.”

Prior to the ceremony, UAPB faculty, staff, students and community partners submitted award nominations. To determine the winners, a committee judged the nominees based on their contributions toward UAPB’s national prominence.


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