For release: April 16, 2012
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This is Faculty Scholarship Week at the University of Memphis, which will culminate
this Friday with Faculty Convocation.
During the week, several faculty members will give presentations in the McWherter
Library, and their work and those of many of their colleagues will be on display in
the lobby of the library all week and in the lobby of the Rose Theatre on Friday afternoon.
Available for viewing will be books, films, CDs, artwork, books, and other items created
by U of M faculty members.
Art professor Elizabeth Edwards discussed her paintings Monday, and chemistry professor
Mark Freilich will be the speaker Wednesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 225 of
Friday is also the date of the 25th Annual Faculty Convocation in the Rose Theatre. Awards for teaching, research, and
advising, including the Willard Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, will recognize a number
Receiving the most prestigious faculty honor, the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty
Award, will be Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science and an internationally
recognized expert in cyber security.
The Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards will be given to four professors
– Dr. Sara Bridges in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research;
Dr. Tammy Jones in the Department of English; Dr. Thomas Meservy in the Department
of Management Information Systems; and Dr. Peter Wright, holder of the Chair of Excellence
in Free Enterprise Management in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
Five professors will be honored with the Alumni Association Distinguished Research
Award. Beth Edwards will be honored for her work in the creative arts, Dr. Emily
Thrush for achievement in the humanities, Dr. Margaret Vandiver for research in the
social sciences, Dr. Sanjay Mishra for his work in the area of science, engineering,
or mathematics, and Dr. Joy Clay in the field of engaged scholarship.
The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to
Dr. Mark Freilich in chemistry and Kriangsiri “Top” Malasri in computer science.
The Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award will honor political science professor
Dr. Robert Blanton and University College adviser Sara Williams.
The Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award will be given to Sheri Lipman, University
counsel. The Hammond Award is not given every year, but is reserved for special recognition
of people who have rendered significant service to the University. It is named for
the late Allen J. Hammond, former director of Student Financial Aid at the University.