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.

The college-level winners receive a $1,000 cash award and framed certificate.

2015-16 University-Level Winners

Gary Geissler Gary Geissler

College of Business

Dr. Gary Geissler is known for his learning-centered approach that focuses on utilizing the most effective teaching tools, techniques, and technology for students to best learn different subject matter. He has taught more than 20 different marketing and advertising courses. His teaching method includes the client-based class project.

To date, he has directed more than 150 of these semester-long projects, greatly benefiting thousands of students and well over 100 businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Besides his client-based project teaching method, Dr. Geissler has also demonstrated his teaching quality by mentoring and sponsoring student teams in marketing competitions.

Shucheng Yu Shucheng Yu

George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology

Dr. Shucheng Yu’s main research areas include data security, privacy in cloud computing, applied cryptography, and wireless network security. His most influential work, “Achieving
 Secure, Stable, and Fine-grained Data Access 
Control in Cloud Computing, represents 
a milestone in the field of cloud computing
 security and has been cited over 1,000 
times. In the past five 
years, Dr. Yu and his graduate students have 
published 37 research articles.

Yu has also been awarded six grants that total more than $1 million. In his National Science Foundation-funded grant, “MRI: Acquisition of a Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Research and Education,” Dr. Yu successfully built the first private cloud in the state
 of Arkansas. This cloud has served as a critical platform for researchers as well as others outside 
the university on various research and education projects.

Public Service
Adjoa Aiyetoro Adjoa Aiyetoro

William H. Bowen School of Law

Professor Adjoa Aiyetoro has been a leading voice in ending racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Her public service centers on researching and resolving racism and its effects in the United States, particularly raising awareness of the need for racial justice.

In 2011, she served as the inaugural director of UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity. As director of the Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System, Professor Aiyetoro developed a team and began researching records of hundreds of Arkansas prisoners to determine the reasons for significant racial disparities within the state’s criminal justice system. Her work on this project resulted in a conference in August 2015 sponsored by 
the Racial Disparities Project’s Steering Committee and has contributed to legislation to obtain support for racial impact.

She has also worked as a board member of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. While working with this coalition, Professor Aiyetoro successfully convinced the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on the death penalty and assisted the introduction of a death penalty abolition bill that was voted “do pass” out of the Committee. This was the first time an Arkansas legislative committee had endorsed such a bill since the 1968 foundation.

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, selected by a panel of national judges from college-level winners, were announced at a ceremony at the EIT Auditorium.

See past University Award Winners.