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CEHS faculty and staff recognized at 2023 University Awards Convocation

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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Twelve faculty and staff members from Oklahoma State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences received universitywide recognition at the 2023 University Awards Convocation on Monday, Dec. 4.

Provost Jeanette Mendez and Vice Provost Dr. Chris Francisco awarded the faculty, staff and administrators, nominated by supervisors and colleagues, for their accomplishments. 

Dr. Edralin Lucas, regents professor in the department of nutritional sciences, was awarded the Phoenix Award for Graduate Faculty, which is an honor given to a graduate faculty member who demonstrates leadership, scholarship, university and community service, as well as engagement with graduate and professional students. 

Dr. Winyoo Chowanadisai, associate professor of nutritional sciences, received the President’s Fellows Research Award. The award supports tenured faculty in their groundbreaking research efforts and comes with a one-time grant of up to $20,000.

Dr. Jennifer Cribbs, professor of mathematics education and director of the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning in the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, was recognized with the Regents Distinguished Research Award for her unusually significant achievement in her field of research. The award comes with a $2,000 permanent stipend.

Dr. Katherine Curry, who serves as the John A. and Donnie Brock Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Educational Leadership/School Administration Program in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation, received the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of unusually significant achievement in the instruction of students for an extended number of years. This award also comes with a $2,000 permanent stipend. 

Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette, assistant professor and program coordinator for the master’s degree in college student development in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation, received the Women’s Faculty Council Outstanding Achievement and Mentorship of Women Award for her significant contribution to research, scholarship and/or creative works and demonstration of encouragement, mentorship and advancement of women toward professional success. The award comes with a $500 stipend. 

The Advising Excellence Award was presented to academic advisor for Academic Programs and Student Services Tom Joyce and associate professor and graduate coordinator for the Department of Design and Merchandising Dr. Aditya Jayadas. This award provides institutional recognition for outstanding academic advising by faculty and staff.

Dr. DJ McMaughan, associate professor of health education and promotion in the School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, received the Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award. This award, with a $2,000 stipend, recognizes faculty who were awarded tenure within the past three years and have demonstrated a strong potential for continued contributions to the university and to their profession in the areas of instruction, research and creative activity, and/or extension/outreach.

Dr. Shelbie Witte, professor of English education and head of the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, was presented with the Leave the Ladder Down Award for her successful mentorship as an administrator and encouragement of others to reach their fullest potential. 

In addition to the annual awards, faculty who have been recently appointed to endowed chair and professorship positions were recognized with medallions. These faculty are dedicated to advancing their fields of study and share their knowledge with the next generation. Professor of literary education, Dr. Donita Shaw, has been appointed the Steven and Mary Jane Buck Endowed Professorship in Reading; Dr. Carlos Valiente, department head for Human Development and Family Science, has been appointed the Ramona Ware Emmons Paul Endowed Professorship in Early Childhood Education; and School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences professor Dr. Kelly Whalon has received the A.J. and Susan Jacques Professorship in Special Education.

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