Four A-State faculty members honored at convention

Four A-State faculty members honored at convention
Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch (Source: Arkansas State University)
Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch (Source: Arkansas State University)
Dr. Gauri Guha (Source: Arkansas State University)
Dr. Gauri Guha (Source: Arkansas State University)
Stacey Sloas (Source: Arkansas State University)
Stacey Sloas (Source: Arkansas State University)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Four Arkansas State University faculty members were recognized Tuesday as 2014-15 Faculty Achievement Award recipients.

The awards were presented during the 37th annual Convention of Scholars, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement in scholarship, professional service, teaching and advising.

"Convocation of Scholars is a special time during which we honor and celebrate excellence and recognize the faculty for their outstanding performance and dedication," said Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Agriculture instructor Lori Fenner was the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

Fenner regularly advises about 200 students and, according to a press release from the university, is the College of Agriculture and Technology's "go-to resource" on student advising.

Associate professor of economics Dr. Gauri Guha received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The departmental nomination described Guha's effective utilization of new teaching tools and techniques that have been made possible by developments in technology.

Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, associate professor of history, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Branch's most recent book was published by University Press of Florida and received the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.

She is also a co-author of "Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times", which will be published soon and also has a third book in the works.

Assistant professor of physical therapy Stacey Sloas was presented the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service.

The award was based on her numerous campus and community activities, including her volunteer work for Operation Tucker Freedom and Court-Appointed Special Advocates.

Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson commended the recipients.

"Recognition of our most outstanding faculty is very important and appropriate because these individuals have excelled in guiding and inspiring our students," Hudson said.

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