Cameron University faculty members Dr. Ioannis Argyros, Donna Clopton, Dr. Michael Husak, Dr. Lynda Robinson and Amy Stockman, were honored tonight with awards recognizing their contributions to Cameron’s academic community. Argyros was honored with the Bhattacharya Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Research Award, Clopton received the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Husak received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research, Robinson was honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, and Stockman received the Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching.
“It is gratifying to reward members of Cameron’s dedicated faculty,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They are truly representative of the many dedicated educators who provide a top quality education to Cameron students. We are pleased to recognize Dr. Argyros, Ms. Clopton, Dr. Husak, Dr. Robinson and Ms. Stockman for their outstanding commitment and contributions to student learning and success.”
Nominations were made by Cameron faculty, staff and students. To be eligible for the Faculty Awards, recipients must have been employed full-time at Cameron University for at least three years in a position with teaching as the primary responsibility. Nominees for the Adjunct Faculty Award must have taught at Cameron for four semesters or more.
Bhattacharya Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Research Award: Dr. Ioannis Argyros
The Bhattacharya Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Research Award was established in January 2008 by Cameron alumnus Sanjit Bhattacharya to advance the quality of research and creative and scholarly activity at Cameron University and in southwest Oklahoma. Dr. Ioannis Argyros, professor of mathematical sciences, is the recipient. He has conducted research in numerous fields for almost 30 years. These include mathematical analysis, applied mathematics/analysis, management science, wavelet and neural networks, mathematical economics, and mathematical physics.
Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching: Donna Clopton
The Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching recognizes an adjunct faculty member who performs superbly in the classroom. Clopton, an adjunct instructor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, was nominated by two of her students. One wrote, “Mrs. Clopton has been with us throughout the Russian program from the beginning. She helped us make the program what it is today. Not only that, she cares and helps her students any way she can. I have taken three languages with her and have learned more from her methods of instruction than from anyone else.” The other wrote, “Professor Clopton provides a varied and knowledgeable experience in the field of foreign languages. She is an understanding and admirable professor and somebody that should be recognized for her contributions to Cameron’s overall excellence.”
Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research: Dr. Michael Husak
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research recognizes a faculty member who has an excellent sustained record of mentoring student research and scholarship. The student who nominated Husak, an associate professor of biological sciences, wrote, “Dr. Husak has advised several students in undergraduate research. Many of them have gone on to graduate school. I watched one of them, Jessica Roy, give a talk on her time with Dr. Husak doing research, and she said it was one of the most valuable and enlightening experiences she’s ever had. Dr. Husak’s track record of publications and experience with undergraduates doing research is extensive.”
Faculty Award for Excellence in Service: Dr. Lynda Robinson
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Service recognizes a faculty member who has applied his/her professional expertise beyond the classroom to advance the university and its constituents. Robinson, an associate professor in the Department of Education, was nominated by one of her colleagues, who wrote, “Dr. Robinson excels in the area of service. She is heavily involved in the community through the Lawton Area Reading Council and facilitates that organization bringing many P-12 students to our campus each year. In addition, she is chair-elect of the Faculty Senate and has served on numerous university committees. In the professional realm, Lynda is actively involved in the International Literacy Association (ILA) and serves as an executive board member for the Children’s Literature special interest group for both the National Council for Teachers of English and ILA. She truly has a lot of service at the community, university and national professional organization levels.”
Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching: Amy Stockman
The Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching recognizes a full-time faculty member who performs superbly in the classroom. Stockman, an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was nominated by one of her colleagues, who indicated that “Stockman is often described by her students as being highly energized and motivated. She is the only faculty member in the department who incorporates a combination of technology, music and art into the biology classroom. She uses these strategies to engage students who are non-majors and whose first love is not sciences. This is a particularly hard group of students to teach because they come to the science classroom with fears about learning science as well as biases against science content. Ms. Stockman has proven that she is committed to incorporating new approaches to teaching to help our students learn better. She is never shy about trying new things in the classroom and is receptive to student feedback.”
April 14, 2015