The University of Central Arkansas hosted its 65th annual Employee Service Awards on April 17 to recognize the outstanding contributions made by faculty and staff.
The university presented several awards to outstanding faculty.
Adam Frank, Schedler Honors College, received the Public Service Award.
Scott Meador ’96, Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing, received the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award.
Jennifer Parrack, Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures, received the Teaching Excellence Award.
The university awarded the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award to Donna Wake, College of Education, and Adriian Gardner, Department of Student Transitions.
Staff members recognized as the nonclassified Employee of the Year and as the classified Employee of the Year were Lesley Graybeal, Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, and Kortnee Kalberer ’12, Department of Music, respectively.
Employees with milestone records of service–25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years–were recognized, and recent university retirees were also honored.
Special recognition was given to Don Jones, Department of History, for 50 years of service and being the longest-serving employee in university history.
The Public Service Award recognizes individuals whose service contributions to the UCA community, professional community and other communities outside the university have been outstanding.
The Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award recognizes individuals whose contributions to their disciplines have been exemplary. Through original work in research, scholarship or creative activities, they have expanded human knowledge, interpreted the human experience or enhanced the quality of our lives.
The Teaching Excellence Award is given to faculty who have consistently demonstrated exceptional performance in teaching. Recipients of this award strive to enhance student learning as they continually seek ways to improve their teaching.
The Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award recognizes individuals whose commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence on or off campus have made a significant impact on various ethnic groups and diverse populations in a positive way. These individuals have improved conditions at UCA and within the community.