2014 Faculty/Staff Awards

Dr. Sandra Mayfield receives recognition for her service to the College of Liberal Arts.Retiring
Dr. Sandra Mayfield

Dr. Sandra Mayfield, who will retire at the conclusion of the spring semester, is a distinguished scholar and teacher whose work in the fields of Renaissance literature and Women's Studies has tremendously enriched the curriculum. Dr. Mayfield has served as Chairperson of the Department of English and as the Director of the interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program, which she founded. Dr. Mayfield has also served as faculty advisor to UCO's award winning chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, and she is an esteemed mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students of English literature. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. David Macey, chair of the English department; Dr. Sandra Mayfield; and Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


Dr. Randall Jones received the xxxxx awardRetiring
Dr. Randall Jones

Dr. Randall Jones of the Political Science department was honored for more than four decades of service to UCO. Dr. Jones retires from UCO having been an integral part of the political science department since joining the university in 1973. He has also served on virtually every committee and has been chair of the political science department and assistant dean of the college. His work on forecasting political elections has earned him worldwide recognition in his field. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Brett Sharp, representative of the Political Science department; Dr. Randall Jones; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


Dr. Lindsey Churchill received the New Faculty Member of the Year awardNew Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Lindsey Churchill

Dr. Lindsey Churchill received the New Faculty Member of the Year award. One of the most popular professors in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Churchill teaches in the History Department. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the UCO chapter of the National Organization for Women. Her first book "Becoming the Tupamaros: Solidarity and Transnational Revolutionaries in Uruguay and the United States" was published in 2013 by Vanderbilt University Press. She has also overseen the creation of the university's gender studies program. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Lindsey Churchill; and Dr. Elizabeth Overman of the Department of Political Science.


Dr. James Mock receives the xxxxxx award

Outstanding Service
Dr. James Mock

Dr. James Mock received the award for outstanding service. Dr. Mock represents not only his department, but the College of Liberal Arts, the University of Central Oklahoma and students and educators throughout the state. He serves as president of the faculty senate, serves on the UCO Graduate Council, the President's Council Academic Subcommittee and numerous other committees and has been elected faculty representative Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Advisory Council. He also directs the Applied Liberal Arts degree program and somehow finds time to teach courses in the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. James Mock; Dr. Mary Carver of the Department of Mass Communication; and Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


Dr. Eva Dadlez

Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activity
Dr. Eva Dadlez

Dr. Eva Dadlez was honored with the Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activity Award. Dr. Dadlez is known throughout the world as an expert on philosophy and literature; ethics; aesthetics; and philosophy of emotion. Dr. Dadlez has presented papers from coast to coast in the United States, as well as traveling to England, Poland, Canada and Sweden, to name just a few destinations. She is regularly hailed by students and colleagues alike as a mentor and feminist ethics dilettante. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Eva Dadlez; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Dr. Mark Silcox of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy.


Andreanna Allyn

Outstanding Staff
Andreanna Allyn

As the administrative assistant for the Department of Mass Communication, Andreanna Allyn assists 22 full-time and 25 adjunct faculty and assists the department's 800 students in five majors in a variety of ways. Her commitment to the department has been evident in the additional duties she has taken on. Each semester, she has made presentations to the department's classes to explain the tuition waiver application process. As a result, applications have more than doubled. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Andreanna Allyn; Dr. Roz Miller, chair of the Department of Mass Communication; and Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


Teresa Curtis

Outstanding Staff
Teresa Curtis

Teresa Curtis serves with distinction as Administrative Assistant in the Department of English. Ms Curtis repeatedly goes above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of the English department's large number of faculty and staff members, majors and Core Curriculum students, and external stakeholders. Ms Curtis maintains the highest standards of efficiency and professionalism in every area of the department's operations, and she embodies on a daily basis the university's core values of character, civility and community. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Teresa Curtis; Dr. Wayne Stein of the UCO English Department; and Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


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Adjunct Faculty Members of the Year
Josh Spears, Jennifer Foster and Lee Hinds

Josh Spears, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Philosophy, is often the first person to expose young minds to the ideas of philosophy. As an instructor in courses like Introduction to Philosophy and Logic and Critical Thinking, his job is to help students train their minds and discover truth. In his courses, students may discuss math, science, history, literature and philosophy all in a single hour. Further they discover the fundamental way in which all knowledge is connected.
Possession of knowledge is essentially useless if a student is unable to express that knowledge. As an instructor of Fundamentals of Speech in the Department of Mass Communication, Jennifer Foster teaches students to express themselves. She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of an online program to be used by all instructors who teach the course.
As Jennifer Foster instructs students on the use of the spoken word, Lee Hinds instructs them on the value of the written. An instructor of English Composition classes and Multicultural English Composition classes, Hinds teaches students in both classroom and online settings, instilling a love of the printed word in students.
Pictured are, from left, Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Josh Spears; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Jennifer Foster; Dr. Connie Smothermon of the Department of Mass Communication; and Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


 

Dr. Laura Bolf-Beliveau

Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Laura Bolf-Beliveau

Dr. Laura Bolf-Beliveau specializes in teaching teachers to teach. Most of the courses she teaches are designed to give educators the tools they need to educate and inspire future generations of learners. Her dedication to transformative learning means students receive more than just lecture instruction. Panel discussions, teaching demonstrations, hands-on lessons, and an infectious love of learning give her students the tools and practical knowledge they will need to inspire their own students in the future. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Gary Steward, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Laura Bolf-Beliveau; Dr. Matt Hollrah, director of First-Year Composition; and Dr. Rudi Nollert, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


Outstanding Lecturer
Shay Rahm

Shay Rahm serves as a lecturer in the Department of English, teaching students technical writing, editing and publishing, composition, research, literature, humanities, and a range of associated courses. She is the executive editor of New Plains Review, the university's student-driven literary journal. Under her leadership, students serve as readers, writers, editors, public relations liaisons and so much more. She also serves as co-chair for the Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Lecture Series, which invites visiting artists to campus to share their knowledge. 


Faculty Member of the Year
Rashi Shukla

As a faculty member in the School of Criminal Justice, Dr. Shukla is in a unique position among instructors of higher education. Hers is a constantly changing discipline. Dr. Shukla teaches courses on Victimology, White Collar Crime and Research Methods in Criminal Justice. She is hailed as an expert on diverse aspects of the problem of methamphetamine. She also serves as a member of the Institutional Review Board, the Academic Appeals Board and the Student Conduct Committee.




Vanderford Award Nomination Deadline is JULY 14

Nominations for the Vanderford awards are now being accepted. The awards recognize faculty members for their exceptional teaching, research, engagement in the UCO ccommunity and support of the Central Six Tenets of transformative learning.

Find out more about the awards.