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Top Faculty Awards Presented at Graduation

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Three members of the Arkansas Tech faculty were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the university community with a 2010 Faculty Award of Excellence during spring commencement ceremonies at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday, May 15.

Dr. Shelia Jackson (photographed, top right) earned a Faculty Award of Excellence for service.

Phil Parker (photographed, middle right) received a Faculty Award of Excellence for scholarly and creative activities.

Dr. V. Carole Smith (photographed, bottom right) was presented with a Faculty Award of Excellence for teaching.

The awards were presented by Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech president.

The Faculty Awards of Excellence were created in 1996. Nominees must be tenured and hold the current rank of associate professor or professor.

Jackson is a professor of health and physical education. She has served on the Tech faculty since 1998.

A 1981 graduate of Southern Arkansas University, Jackson went on to obtain her master's degree from the University of Arkansas (1984) and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University (1988).

Parker joined the Tech faculty in 1977. He is an associate professor of music.

Parker earned his bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in 1975 and his master's degree from Indiana University in 1977.

Smith is an associate professor of middle level education. She became a member of the Arkansas Tech faculty in 2004.

Smith holds four degrees from the University of Arizona --- a bachelor's (1969), two master's (1972 and 1980) and a Ph.D. (1986).

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