|University of Houston Clear Lake Awarded University Faculty Fellowships to Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Psychology|
|Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:14|
HOUSTON, June 12, 2012 — University of Houston-Clear Lake has awarded University Faculty Fellowships to Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Psychology Kim Case, Associate Professor of Criminology Everette Penn and Associate Professor of Counseling Cheryl Sawyer.
"Their accomplishments and contributions to our university through their teaching, research and service are exemplary," says UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples. "The purpose of the University Faculty Fellowships is to formally recognize the significant contributions of our outstanding faculty to the success of our university." Culture/ethnicity, gender and sexuality are among the many interests researched by Case, who joined the university in 2005. In addition to her professor duties, she also serves as co-director of the university's Teaching-Learning Enhancement Center, which promotes and celebrates excellence in teaching, encourages faculty engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and provides support and resources for pedagogical reflection. She is an active member of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues and, in 2009, was the recipient of the Michele Alexander Early Career award for her scholarship and service. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Teaching of Psychology, College Teaching and Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Penn joined the university in 2004 as an assistant professor of criminology and has since been promoted to associate professor with tenure as well as division chair of behavioral and social sciences. He has published extensively including articles in many refereed journals such as the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Justice Professional and Justice Policy Review. In 2005, Penn received a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a semester teaching in Egypt. One of his more recent accomplishments includes the founding of the Teen and Police Service Academy or TAPS. Funded by the Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services Office, TAPS Academy's goal is to reduce the social distance between at-risk youth and law enforcement.
Sawyer has taught at the college level for the past 20 years, and has also served 25 years in the public school system as a teacher and counselor. Her many publications include a textbook chapter and several professional journals. Her current research projects include the Collaborative Bilingual Counselor Training Project III and the Bilingual Cross Cultural Counseling Online Network. Her areas of expertise include trauma counseling and school counseling.
"All three of these faculty members represent what we hope for all of our faculty," says Staples. "Their dedication to education is admirable and commendable.
"We have many outstanding faculty at UH-Clear Lake and my hope is that in the coming years we can recognize more of our faculty with University Faculty Fellowships."
Faculty members are nominated by other faculty and academic administrators at the school level. Professor of Psychology Dorothea Lerman, Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science Richard Puzdrowski, Professor of Marketing L. Jean Walker and Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Curriculum and Instruction Jana Willis served in an advisory capacity to Senior Vice President and Provost Carl A. Stockton in helping make the recommendations that were then presented to Staples.
Recipients will each receive a $5,000 stipend to be used for educational materials (books, software, equipment) research seed money, travel to conferences, workshops and seminars and related items. In addition to receiving the stipend, they will each also have their names on a plaque located on the first floor of Atrium II of UH-Clear Lake's Bayou Building. Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis.
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.