Five Honored with 2011 Smotherman Faculty Award

Five UT Arlington faculty members will be honored Oct. 25 as recipients of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards for their recent work with university students.

The Smotherman Faculty Awards, established in 2007 by Thad and Alicia Smotherman, recognize faculty within the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit. The awards were created to connect outstanding research and creative activity with outstanding teaching and to showcase the achievements of university professors, said Dr. Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Dr. David Silva, Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Linguistics, whose work with six graduate students in a course in Research Design on a project involving pronunciation in a second language and the impact of political viewpoint resulted in a co-authored, refereed publication.
  • Dr. Michael Varner, Associate Professor of Music, whose work with students in ethnographic music, percussion, and composition resulted in a student-composed, original performance of “Threnody for 9/11 for Mixed Chamber Ensemble” which included the Arlington Boys and Girls Choir as well as performers from UT Arlington.
  • Dr. Charla Markham Shaw (Associate Professor of Communication), Dr. Andrew Clark (Associate Professor of Communication), and Dr. Sasha Grant (Assistant Professor of Communication), who team-taught a new master’s level course in Qualitative Research Methods, in which the graduate students gathered data beneficial to UT Arlington’s Freshman Retention Initiative and prepared manuscripts on both student retention and pedagogy for peer-reviewed publications.

Contact James Dunning at 817-272-0601 or for more information.

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