JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Faculty Association recognized 28 individuals, whose names were selected to appear on the Distinguished Faculty Wall of Honor, at the Faculty Conference of fall Wednesday in the Centennial Hall of the Reng Student Union.
Recognition of Distinguished Professors began during the university’s centennial celebration in 2009–2010, when the faculty association selected the “First 100 Distinguished Professors”.
Through a faculty committee nomination process, the association selects retired faculty who have made significant, long-term contributions to the success of Arkansas State. A second group of 31 was selected and recognized in 2014; the selection of the current group has been delayed by the pandemic.
“As President of the Faculty Association, it has been a pleasure to work with the Historical Committee to receive nominations from each college for the Distinguished Faculty Awards,” said Donna Caldwell, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging and radiation sciences and president of the Faculty Association. “This is the highest honor given to faculty by Arkansas State University and the Faculty Association. I am honored to be part of honoring and recognizing these 28 incredible key faculty members.
Dr. John D. Hall, chairman of the faculty association’s historical committee, cited former history professor Lee A. Dew’s book, The ASU Story: A History of Arkansas State University 1909-1967, as source of a line reproduced on the Wall of Honor: “The most vital part of any college is the faculty, for without qualified and competent faculty no college can function effectively.” The Wall of Honor is in front of the Centennial Hall.
“These 28 retired faculty members who were recently nominated by their colleagues and selected by the executive committee of the faculty association in accordance with the bylaws of the faculty association represent a most distinguished group of qualified and capable faculty.” , Hall added. “These professors, like those selected before them for this high honor, have advanced their departments, colleges, universities and disciplines in exemplary fashion.”
Here are the 28 newly appointed Distinguished Professors:
Thomas M. Adams, Ed.D., Professor of Exercise Science, 1981-2016
Neale K. Bartee, Ph.D., music teacher, 1973-2014
Sandra K. Bevill, Ph.D., Professor of Corporate Communication, 1991-2021
Lew E. Brinkley, Ph.D., professor of agricultural economics, 1969-2005
David W. Cox, Ed.D., Professor of Instructional Leadership, 1992-2014
Carole L. Cramer, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, 2004-2018
William R. Crumpton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering, 1980-2006
Robert D. Engelken, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1982-2016
David E. England, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, 1988-2006
Richard K. Freer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, 1994-2014
Anne A. Grippo, Ph.D., professor of biology, 1995-2021
Julie J. Isaacson, MSN, Associate Professor of Nursing, 1987-2016
Craig H. Jones, Ed.D., professor of psychology and counseling, 1977-2017
James Howard Keene, Ph.D., professor of animal science, 1964-1995
Coy N. London, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting, 1970-1996
Gregory B. Meeks, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Teacher Education, 2003-2018
Richard A. Neeley, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Disorders, 1987-2018
William C. Payne, MS, Associate Professor of Microbiology, 1988-2019
Jeffrey R. Pittman, JD, Professor of Business Law, 1983-2021
Daniel F. Ross, DMA, music teacher, 1973-2018
Robert F. Rossa, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, 1969-2004
Ralph Ruby Jr., Ed.D., professor of computer science and technology, 1979-2020
Pat S. Shackelford, Ph.D., associate professor of agricultural engineering, 1976-1998
Russell E. Shain, Ph.D., professor of journalism, 1990-2010
Robert P. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, 1969-2008
Curtis E. Steele, MFA, Professor of Graphic Design, 1978-2017
Dennis W. White, Ph.D., associate professor of voice communication, 1974-2007
Raymond F. Winters, MS, Associate Professor of Radiological Sciences, 1995-2018
Nameplates, with each individual’s academic title and years of service, are added to the wall of recognition for the public to view.