Faculty Awards and Recognitions

2013 Teaching Excellence AwardFaculty Awards and Recognitions

Professors at Sam Houston State University do more than just teach. For the approximately 900 faculty members currently teaching at SHSU, their days are filled not only with service in the classroom, but within their communities and to their fields through scholarly research.

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2015 Faculty Excellence Awards

Excellence in Teaching: Nancy Baker

A graduate of Rutgers, George Washington, and Harvard Universities, Baker was selected for this year’s teaching award from 312 faculty nominations. She is known for being “extremely thoughtful about the assignments she gives, the ones that are in addition to regular exams over the course material, as well as her willingness to adapt and experiment on occasion to ensure the best learning outcome for her students.”

Excellence in Scholarly and Artistic Accomplishment: Scott Chapman

In addition to his responsibilities with Sam Houston State University, Scott Chapman serves as editor of The American Mathematical Monthly, a scholarly journal for mathematicians from undergraduates to research professionals. It is the most widely read mathematics magazine in the world, according to JSTOR digital library. He has produced 102 peer-reviewed articles, with 26 written during the last five years. He has acquired $1.15 million in grant money, worked with and mentored large numbers of graduate and undergraduate students in research, and published often with students.

Excellence in Service: Mary Alice Conroy

After completing a successful career as a forensic psychologist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mary Alice Conroy was brought to SHSU in 1997 to help launch the university’s new forensic psychology program. She was named director of the SHSU Psychological Services Center the following year, a position that she continues to hold, and serves as the director of clinical training in the clinical psychology doctoral program.

David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award: Karen Miller

Karen Miller brought 10 years of clinical music therapy practice with her when she joined the SHSU faculty. Her areas of specialization include music therapy in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and neurologic music therapy in the treatment of patients suffering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s disease.


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