USAO Board of Regents awards professors for teaching, scholarship, service
The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents recently recognized the accomplishments of three faculty members with awards for superior teaching, scholarly activity and public service.
“Our Regents present these awards each year in order to demonstrate that our faculty are true servants to our community, beyond their exceptional academic credentials,” said President John Feaver. “Possessing a group of educators this dedicated to the institution’s mission both inside and outside the classroom is something that truly sets USAO apart. The three recipients of this year’s awards have all shown outstanding dedication to this university’s long tradition of different, providing the next generation with a rigorous yet adaptable education that rivals world-renowned institutions.”
Thomas Willcock, instructor of chemistry and laboratory coordinator, received the Superior Teaching Award for his copious and enthusiastic support of students, who consistently stress his accessibility, kindness, willingness to help outside of the classroom and support for students with disabilities.
Katie Davis, professor of theatre arts, received the Faculty Service Award for her tireless work sustaining and recruiting students for the theatre program, leading the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series as executive director and maintaining a highly active role in the USAO faculty.
Dr. David Reed, assistant professor of environmental science and director of undergraduate mentored research, received the Scholarly Activity Award for his prolific and consistent output of peer-reviewed research in his field, as well as his grant work and laudable efforts on behalf of undergraduate researchers at the university.
Each year, recipients are chosen by a committee on campus. For the superior teaching award, both students and faculty nominate candidates. To qualify, a candidate must be a full-time faculty member, must have been employed by USAO for at least a year, and must not have received the award in the past year.