Cameron University faculty members Dr. Saeed Ahmad, Kathy Cloud, Dr. Mike Dunn, Dr. Holly Rice, and Dr. Jeffrey Seger were honored last week with awards recognizing their contributions to Cameron’s academic community. Ahmad received the Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Cloud received the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Dunn received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research, Rice was honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, and Seger was honored with the Bhattacharya Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Research Award.
“Cameron’s dedicated faculty members are more than educators,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They serve as role models and mentors to Cameron students while at the same time providing a top quality education. It is a pleasure to recognize Dr. Ahmad, Ms. Cloud, Dr. Dunn, Dr. Rice and Dr. Seger for their contributions to the success of Cameron students.”
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.
Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching: Dr. Saeed Ahmad
The Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching recognizes a full-time faculty member who performs superbly in the classroom. Dr. Saeed Ahmad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, was nominated by one of his students. The nominator wrote, “Dr. Ahmad makes learning physics seem easy and provides students the courage to pursue a degree in one of the most difficult sciences out there. Physics, from a student’s perspective, is widely regarded as "unachievable" for an average student. However, Dr. Ahmad makes his Physics courses so interesting and fun that you are actually excited to come to class. It was like getting to learn the most difficult concepts while attending a magic show.” The student also cited Ahmad’s dedication to his students, writing, “He goes above and beyond to help all students achieve academic success…Dr. Ahmad is the only professor who gave me the courage to pursue
my dream to be a research scientist by allowing me to do research with him…He is an amazing instructor and mentor.”
Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching: Kathy Cloud
The Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching recognizes an adjunct faculty member who performs superbly in the classroom. Kathy Cloud is an adjunct professor who teaches mathematics courses as well as entry-level University courses aimed at student success at CU-Duncan. She was nominated by a staff member who called her “a dynamic and outstanding adjunct faculty member.” The nominator cited Cloud’s extensive preparation for each course and each student, noting that she “relates as well to entry level students with multiple remedial needs as she does to advanced math students. Her gift is teaching, and she shares it unselfishly. Her goal is to improve the lives of students, and her reward is their success. She is a tremendous asset to both the Duncan campus and Cameron University.”
Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research: Dr. Mike Dunn
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research, which recognizes a faculty member who has an excellent sustained record of mentoring student research and scholarship, was presented to Dr. Mike Dunn, Professor of Biological Sciences. He was nominated by a student with whom he has worked on a research project relating to a fossil plant from the Mississippian period that he discovered and named. “Dr. Dunn has an excellent track record for not only doing research, but involving his students in his research,” the nominator wrote. “He currently mentors four students, doing active research with all of them and meeting on a regular basis to help them and ensure progress is being made.”
Faculty Award for Excellence in Service: Dr. Holly Rice
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. Dr. Holly Rice, Assistant Professor of Education, was nominated by one of her peers. The nominator referred to Rice as “an asset to our university, local community and her profession,” citing her dedication to departmental, university and professional service at local, state and national levels. One example was Rice’s volunteerism in area public schools. “Teachers and principals often call Dr. Rice when they have a particularly challenging student. She observes the student in the classroom environment and consults with the teacher and/or principal to offer recommendations on implementing interventions to decrease problem behaviors.”
Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award: Dr. Jeffrey Seger
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, creative and scholarly activity at Cameron University and in southwest Oklahoma. Dr. Jeffrey Seger, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was selected as the recipient. Seger works with students to develop and present psychological research projects of professional quality, facilitating his students’ understanding and application of basic research methods such as research design, data analysis and interpretation. His research portfolio includes the establishment of, along with Dr. Adam Randell, the Department of Psychology’s Social Learning and Perception (SLaP) lab, involving Cameron behavioral sciences students in a multitude of research projects. He and Randell also cofounded the Research Club as a way of generating student interest in the research process and to facilitate faculty/student research collaborations.
April 21, 2016