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Drury Announces the 2009 Faculty Awards

For Immediate Release: August 28

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University Communications
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 28, 2009 — Drury University recognized outstanding faculty members this week at the 2009-2010 Opening Convocation. The selection committee, made up of students and faculty, receive nominations from students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Each of these faculty members is recognized for challenging, engaging and inspiring students both inside and outside of the classroom.

“These five professors represent the commitment to academic achievement and a personalized education that embody what it means to be educated at Drury,” says Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president for Academic Affairs.

The faculty award recipients are:

Dr. Teresa Carroll, assistant professor of biology, received the Faculty Award for Teaching for her support of student research and excellence in the classroom.

Dr. Panos Leventis, assistant professor of architecture, received the Faculty Award for Scholarship for his creativity in his scholarship which appears in his books, articles and his practice of architecture.

Dr. Amy Lewis, assistant professor of business administration, received the Faculty Award for Leadership for her deep dedication to improving life for all members of the Drury community.

Dr. Jeffrey VanDenBerg, associate professor of political science, received the Faculty Award for Liberal Learning for his commitment to fostering a greater understanding of international politics and building mutual respect across differences.

Dr. Valerie Eastman, associate professor of psychology, received the Faculty Award for Advising for her outstanding work in supporting, encouraging and guiding students.


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