UA Little Rock announces college-level Faculty Excellence Award winners

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will honor 14 of its top faculty members during the Faculty Excellence Awards Thursday, April 13. 

“Faculty excellence winners underscore UA Little Rock’s commitment to quality instruction, innovative research, and service to the community. Our faculty’s dedication to these fundamental principles continue to be the bedrock of our institution,” said Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Deborah Baldwin.

A panel of external judges will review the achievements of the college-level winners and select the university-wide winners in the categories of teaching, research, and public service.

The three university-wide winners, who will each receive a cash prize of $5,000, will be announced during the Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. April 13 in the Engineering and Information Technology Building Auditorium on the UA Little Rock campus. A reception will follow in the Engineering and Information Technology Building lobby.

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 the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, and the UA Little Rock Chancellor’s Circle. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UA Little Rock Office of the Provost at 501.569.3204.

The following is a list of college-level winners:

 Public Service

  •      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

Research/Creative Endeavors

  •      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

Teaching

  •      J. Lyn 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
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