Dr. Beth McMillan wins coveted Bailey Teaching Award

Dr. Beth McMillan Dr. Margaret E. McMillan, associate professor in the Department of Earth Science, received UALR’s most coveted faculty honor, the Bailey Teaching Award, at the university’s annual Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony Friday evening, April 12.

UALR associate professor and scientist Dr. Margaret “Beth” E. McMillan was honored for her dedication to preparing future scientists for cutting-edge careers. She recently revised lab exercises and projects and encouraged the learning of her students by placing each one in the role of a newly hired professional completing assigned tasks as if part of his or her duties. McMillan received a $10,000 monetary award.

Dr. Nidhal Bouaynaya, assistant professor in the Department of Systems Engineering, won the $5,000 Faculty Excellence Award in Research sponsored by the UALR Society of Philanthropy. Dr. Bouaynaya is a principal investigator of a million-dollar National Institute of Health research award and seeks to develop better methods for intervening in living organisms when they have gone awry.

Dr. Nancy Landrum, associate professor of management, won the $5,000 Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service sponsored by PepsiAmericas. She is committed to serving the community and developed UALR’s first undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable business practices, in which students engage in service learning projects, along with teaching her students how to conduct sustainability audits and assessments and related market research for several Little Rock businesses and organizations.

College-level winners were:

TEACHING

Dr. Margaret E. McMillan, College of Science

Dr. Judith A. Hayn, College of Education

Dr. Gaurav Kumar, College of Business

Dr. Stacy Caroline Moak, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Hirak Patangia, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Stacy M. Pendergraft, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Coleen M. Barger, William H. Bowen School of Law

RESEARCH

Dr. Nidhal Bouaynaya, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Dr. Ibrahim Duyar, College of Education

Joseph R. Bell, College of Business

Dr. Kwasi Boateng, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Tansel Karabacak, College of Science

Dr. David Mastin, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Frances S. Fendler, William H. Bowen School of Law

PUBLIC SERVICE

Dr. Nancy Landrum, College of Business

Dr. Anarella Cellitti, College of Education

Amy O. Barnes, College of Professional Studies

William Jay Sims, College of Science

Dr. Angela Hunter, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Catherine Lowry, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Kelly Browe Olson, William H. Bowen School of Law

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