Faculty Excellence 2018

UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock faculty and is made possible through the valued contributions of generous sponsors. Thanks to the financial support of the members of UA Little Rock Chancellor’s Circle and contributions of the UA Little Rock Board of Visitors, we continue this cherished tradition.

University-level winners are selected by a panel of judges who review the achievements of college-level winners in the areas of teaching, research and creative endeavors, and public service.

 2018 University Faculty Excellence Winners


Public Service

Glenn Anderson is an associate professor who has received national attention for his contributions to the field of Interpreter Education.

He uses his expertise to serve in numerous ways at the national level. During the summer of 2010, Anderson was one of 20 national advocates for individuals with disabilities interviewed by the Federal Communications Commission and featured in the documentary Celebrating Progress: Americans with Disabilities Act’s 20th Anniversary.

A shortened version of the documentary was shown to an audience of about 350 people at the White House and the U.S Department of Commerce on the 20th anniversary of the ADA. In 2017, Anderson participated in a federal think tank administered by the Center for Advanced Training in Interpreter Education at St. Catherine University. The project focused on incorporating learning principles into interpreter education training practices from the 2014 book, Make It Stick. Learn more.


Research and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Rebecca A. Glazier is an associate professor of public affairs whose research centers on religion and politics, framing and foreign policy, and pedagogy.

Glazier’s work on religion and politics has included a focus on providential beliefs, religious peace-making, and the impact of religious organizations on congregants’ political and community attitudes and behaviors. Her articles on providential religious beliefs have influenced the work of other scholars of political science. She has worked closely with organizations from around the world to collect survey data from over 160 peacemakers.

She recently submitted a grant through Notre Dame’s Global Religious Research Initiative to support the project’s next phase involving fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Israel, and Palestine. Learn more.


Bailey Teaching Award

Lynn Foster is an Arkansas Bar Foundation professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Foster uses a team-based learning method, a contrast to most law professors who utilize the Socratic method, a question-and-answer teaching method where the students learn through classroom discussion and observation, that does not count towards the class grade unless the student is unprepared.

Foster prefers to use the problem method, skills assignments, and team-based learning, in order to maximize comprehension.

In 2014 and 2015, Foster began revising the Property I and II courses to include team-based learning and assessment. To do this, Foster created class structures with clear expectations and manageable assessment tools. After assessing her curriculum revision, Foster discovered that students perform better when there is more team-based learning and assessment built into the course. Learn more.


2018 College-level winners and Faculty Excellence Nominees


Public Service

  •   Kristen McIntyre, associate professor of Applied Communication, College of Social Sciences and Communications
  •   Glenn Anderson, associate professor of Interpreter Education, College of Education and Health Professions
  •   Rosalie Cheatham, assistant professor of French, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
  •   James Carr, professor of Construction Management, George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  •   Terrence Cain, associate dean for faculty development, William H. Bowen School of Law

See all the college-level winners in the Public Service category.


Research/Creative Endeavors

  •   Rebecca A. Glazier, associate professor of Public Affairs, College of Social Sciences and Communications
  •   Amanda Nolen, professor of Education, College of Education and Health Professions
  •   Darin Jones, associate professor of Chemistry, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
  •   Laura Ruhl, assistant professor of Earth Sciences, George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  •   Kelly Terry, professor of Law, William H. Bowen School of Law
  •   David Gilliam, associate professor of Marketing, College of Business

See all the college-level winners in the Research/Creative Endeavors category.


Teaching

  •      Lynn Foster, professor of law, William H. Bowen School of Law
  •      Rolf Groesbeck, professor of music, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
  •      Guarav Kumar, associate professor of management, College of Business
  •      René A. Shroat-Lewis, assistant professor of Earth Sciences, George W. Donaghey College
    of Engineering and Information Technology
  •      Heidi Skurat Harris, associate professor of Rhetoric and Writing, College of Social Sciences
    and Communications
  •      Bruce Smith, professor of Special Education, College of Education and Health Professions

See all the college-level winners in the Teaching category.


See past University Award Winners.