The Edmond Sun

May 17, 2013

UCO’s AAUP chapter honors faculty for service


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors recently recognized five award recipients at a recognition ceremony in the Robert S. Kerr Room located in the Nigh University Center.

A committee of UCO AAUP board members selected the recipients based on peer recommendations, notable accomplishments and their service to the Central community.

This year the AAUP created a new award called the Distinguished and Extraordinary Service Award, presenting it to Brian Lamb, music professor. The award was given to him specifically for the hard work and time he dedicated as chair of the joint UCO AAUP and the Faculty Senate ad hoc study group for equitable state funding.

Also new this year, the Creativity Award was named for late UCO professor Donna J. Dickson. This award went to John Springer, English professor, in part for his work in creating the Cultural Studies program in the department.

“In the life of a university there are often people who have gone over and beyond as a professor. These awards honor all the hard work they’ve done and their commitment to Central,” said Elizabeth Overman, president of UCO’s AAUP.

Additional award-winning faculty, followed by profession, and award are:

• Shirletta Kinchen, Assistant Professor of History and Geography, Award for Service;

• Caleb Lack, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Award for Scholarship;

• Markus Smith, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science, Award for Teaching

The AAUP chapter was founded in 1959 and is the oldest faculty organization on campus. Its mission is to advance academic freedom, define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.