UAPB employees recognized with Chancellor’s awards

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Cutline for photo: UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander (fourth from the right) is photographed with recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards (l-r) ASM H. Sorker, Sharron Williams, Dr. Marilyn Bailey-Jefferson, Dr. Demarr Woods, Brenda Allen, Marikka Bender, Delila Thurman, Dr. Pamela Moore, and Dr. Ryan Watley. The awards recognized individual performance in areas including teaching, research, customer service, public service and global engagement. Photo by Richard Redus.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff employees were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards and each received a certificate and a $1,000 monetary reward. UAPB 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. Janette Wheat, associate professor in the department of human sciences, and Dr. Demarr Woods, instructor in the department of music each 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; ability to inspire and mentor students through independent and creative thinking; and work that enriches the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Marilyn Bailey-Jefferson, assistant professor in the department of human sciences, and ASM H. Sorker, research associate in the department of agriculture each received the Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award. Criteria for the award include: distinction in or contribution to his/her scholarly field; significant impact on communities, whether local, national, or global; and significant impact on UAPB research communities (e.g., undergraduate research, mentoring or fostering graduate student research, interdisciplinary research projects, or leadership in a research center or broad research initiative).

The University Customer Service Award was given to Brenda Allen, extension assistant specialist in the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, Marikka Bender, research project analyst in the division of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, Delila Thurman, research associate in the aquaculture/fisheries department, and Sharron Williams, administrative specialist III in the department of nursing. The award 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.

Pamela Moore, assistant professor and assistant dean of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences was given the University Global Engagement Award. This award recognizes faculty and/or non- classified staff members for outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. Criteria for the award include:  promotion of significant international understanding, global engagement, international education, and/or institution building, at home or abroad, either through their institutional position or in other leadership capacities; identification of innovative educational opportunities, inspiring colleagues, students and staff to engage globally; and/or service to the global community as a leader.

Dr. Ryan Watley, temporary assistant professor in the department of chemistry and physics, was recognized with the University Outreach and Engagement Award. The award recognizes all types of public service and rewards those whose service have the greatest impact for the university. It is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in community-based instruction, including public service internships and community partnership projects. Criteria for the award includes demonstrated leadership in community-based instruction, active engagement with public service and community partners, and demonstrated ability to integrate community-based experiences with classroom instruction and course work.

Selections of the awardees were based on nominations submitted by UAPB faculty, staff, students and community partners. To determine the winners, a committee judged the nominees based on their contributions toward UAPB’s national prominence.

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