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Dr. Alex Biris, Winner in the Research Category

Dr. Gary Geissler, professor of marketing and advertising, praised for the positive impact an instructor can have on students, won the $10,000 Ted and Virginia Bailey Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, at UALR’s annual Faculty

Excellence Awards ceremony Thursday, April 14. View all college-level winners in the teaching category.

Dr. Alexandru S. Biris, chief scientist and director of the Nanotechnology Center at UALR, won the $5,000 Faculty Excellence Award in Research sponsored by PepsiAmericas. His research into the science of atomic-size nanostructures and how they can used to alter the properties of other substances is creating new products and new companies for Arkansas. View all college-level winners in the research category.

Dr. Mary Parker, professor and chair of the UALR Criminal Justice Department, won the the $5,000 Faculty Excellence for Public Service. As a member of the Arkansas Board of Corrections, Parker has served the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) and the Department of Community Corrections for 17 years.  She is an institutional liaison to ADC, as well as the Legislative Coordination Committee chair and legislative liaison.
View all college-level winners in the public service 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. Thursday’s university winners were selected by a panel of national judges from college-level winners.

College-Level Winners

Public Service:

  • Dr. David C. McAlpine, professor of International and Second Languages Studies and graduate program coordinator; College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • Dr. Mary Parker, chair of Department of Criminal Justice; College of Professional Studies.
  • Ranki Shiraki Oliver, professor of law; William H. Bowen School of Law.
  • Jana Thompson, assistant professor of nursing; College of Science and Mathematics.
  • James “Mike” Tramel, assistant professor of construction management; Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT).

Research:

  • Dr. Alexandru S. Biris, chief scientist and director of the Nanotechnology Center at UALR; Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology.
  • Dr. John Burgin, associate professor of teacher education; College of Education.
  • Sarah Howard Jenkins-Hobbs, professor of law; William H. Bowen School of Law.
  • Dr. Nicholai Kosmatov, associate professor of mathematics and statistics; College of Science and Mathematics.
  • Dr. Zabelle Stodola, professor of English, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • Dr. Rolf T. Wigand, Maulden-Entergy Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Science and Management; College of Business.
  • Dr.  Richard Zraick, associate professor of audiology and speech pathology; College of Professional Studies.

Teaching:

  • Paula Casey, professor of law, William H. Bowen School of Law.
  • Nita Copeland, instructor of health science; College of Science and Mathematics
  • Dr. Juliana Flinn, professor and coordinator of of the anthropology program in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology; director of American Humanics; College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • Dr. Gary Geissler, professor of marketing and advertising; College of Business.
  • Jami J. Hollingsworth; instructor of Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education, College of Education.
  • Dr. Julien Mirivel, assistant professor of speech communication; College of Professional Studies.
  • Dr. Srikanth B. Pidugu, associate professor of engineering technology; Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology.

Source: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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