UALR faculty members are strong teachers, ground-breaking researchers, and dedicated public servants. Since 1988, we have set aside an evening in late spring to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our faculty at the Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony.
Since 1989, when the first award was given, the event has provided a way to recognize the great work of UALR faculty and is made possible through the valued contributions of The Bailey Foundation, Pepsi Beverages Company, and the UALR Chancellor’s Circle.
Winners were selected by a panel of national judges who reviewed the achievements of the college-level winners.
2017 University Faculty Excellence Winners
Suzanne Penn is an associate professor of clinical law at the William H. Bowen School of Law. Penn has been dedicated to serving individuals who don’t have access to legal assistance.
In 2014, Penn suggested the idea of creating a clinical experience for law students in the Delta region of Arkansas, which has long been underserved by attorneys and is home to many individuals unable to afford an attorney even if one was available. For example, Desha County has about nine attorneys for its roughly 13,000 inhabitants and Chicot County also has about nine attorneys for its roughly 12,000 inhabitants. Learn more.
Research and Creative Endeavors
Dr. Tansel Karabacak, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Tansel Karabacak, an associate professor in Physics and Astronomy, is an internationally known expert in the glancing angle deposition (GLAD) method to fabricate nanostructured metals, alloys, oxides, and semiconductors.
Shortly after joining UA Little Rock, Karaback created a new thin films and nanostructure laboratory, which utilizes state of the art fabrication and testing equipment and computational tools for analysis and modeling studies. The most impressive part of the laboratory is most of the equipment was constructed by Karaback and his team. Learn more.
Dr. Kathryn A. King, College of Communication and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Kathryn A. King is an assistant professor of anthropology, known for her willingness to help students learn by creating a classroom filled with a socially conscious community of learners.
King has been praised by students and colleagues for her knowledge of the field, class organization, and student focus. Despite those learners who note the challenges of King’s classwork, they have also commented how much they enjoy her classes and want to take more of them. In student evaluations, the comments and average range of scores show how respected and liked King is as a teacher. Learn more.
2017 College-level winners and Faculty Excellence Nominees
- Allison Holland, director of the University Writing Center and senior instructor of rhetoric and writing, College of Social Sciences and Communications
- Cynthia Johnson, advanced instructor of accounting, College of Business
- Laura Barrio-Vilar, assistant professor of English, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
- Michael DeAngelis, assistant professor of earth sciences, George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
- Suzanne Penn, associate professor of clinical law, William H. Bowen School of Law
See all the college-level winners in the Public Service category.
- Mengjun Xie, associate professor of computer science, George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
- Michael Flannery, professor of law, William H. Bowen School of Law
- Tansel Karabacak, associate professor of physics and astronomy, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
See all the college-level winners in the Research/Creative Endeavors category.
- J. Lyne Entrikin, professor of law, William H. Bowen School of Law
- John Talburt, professor of information science and Acxiom Chair of Information Quality, George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
- Kathryn King, assistant professor of anthropology, College of Communication and Social Sciences
- Linda Holzer, professor of music, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
- Linda Stauffer, associate professor of interpreter education and program coordinator of the Interpreter Education Program, College of Education and Health Professions
- Otmar Varela, associate professor of management, College of Business
See all the college-level winners in the Teaching category.
The celebration of UALR’s top faculty has been a tradition since 1988 when the university set aside an evening to honor the contributions and achievements of the faculty. The university winners are selected by a panel of national judges from the college-level winners. The overall winners will be announced at the Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Engineering and Information Technology Building Auditorium on the UA Little Rock campus. A reception will follow.