October 21, 1998

Rankings, honors and distinctions


LAWRENCE -- Five University of Kansas faculty members have been named 1998 Outstanding Educators by KU's chapter of Mortar Board, a national senior honor society.

Winners are Diana Carlin, associate professor of communication studies; John J. "Joe" Harrington, assistant professor of English; David S. Holmes, professor of psychology; Kathleen A. McCluskey-Fawcett, professor of psychology; and Tim Shaftel, Jordan L. Haines distinguished professor of accounting and information systems.

The recipients are nominated for their devotion to academia, teaching style, accessibility, knowledge of their subject and other special qualities identified by Mortar Board members. The 41 members of Mortar Board selected winners from nominations by the membership.

Winners will be recognized in ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25.

On Saturday, in a ceremony before the 6 p.m. KU-University of Colorado homecoming football game in Memorial Stadium, Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Mortar Board representatives, Larissa Lee and Justin Cody Simms, will present the winners with certificates. Lee is a Derby senior majoring in engineering and Simms is a Rose Hill senior majoring in East Asian languages and literatures and in history.

On Sunday, the winners will be honored at a reception at 1:30 p.m. in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. Mortar Board members and alumni as well as university administrators and faculty colleagues have been invited.

Biographical information on KU's 1998 Mortar Board Outstanding Educators:

Diana Carlin
"Dr. Carlin has done what few can -- she has reached out, excited and touched our lives. ... She called her students personally when they had questions or trouble with assignments, and if students e-mailed her, it was rare that we didn't have an response in less than two hours," Karen Isley, Sylvania, Ohio, senior, wrote in her nomination letter.

Carlin has taught at KU since 1987. In April 1998, she became a member of the KU Women's Hall of Fame. She was acting chair of the communication studies department from 1997 to 1998. Carlin directed the two-year Debate Watch '96, a project of the Commission on Presidential Debates, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. She is a consultant on a Kaiser Family Foundation grant to the National Forensic League to develop the Barbara Jordan Youth Debates on health. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1972 and a master's in speech education in 1974, both at KU. Carlin has a doctorate in speech communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln .
John J. "Joe" Harrington
"Professor Harrington is at the vanguard of new movements in academia. ... His course, Globalization and Cultural Studies, was an experiment, both for him and the university, but it was the most integrated and informative course of my experience at KU," Anna VanCleave, Overland Park senior in political science and European studies, wrote in her nomination letter.

Harrington joined the KU faculty in 1995, moving to Lawrence from the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Harrington was a 1994-95 Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellow, a 1991 Mellon Foundation Fellow and a 1991 outstanding graduate student instructor. A 1984 graduate in English of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Harrington received a doctorate in English from UC-Berkeley in 1995.
David S. Holmes
Two Mortar Board members nominated Holmes: Brian Milligan, senior in engineering from Overland Park and Emily Barger, speech-language-hearing senior from Garfield. Milligan wrote of Holmes: "His relaxed, interactive teaching style makes each student feel like he or she is part of his lectures. ... His office door is always open and he has invited me to his home. Each visit, I felt as though I could have stayed for hours discussing everything from a shared interest in running to serious topics in psychology."

Holmes joined KU's faculty in 1971. His previous teaching honors include the American Psychological Foundation award for distinguished teaching in psychology in 1988 and in 1991, a Standard Oil (Indiana) award for effectiveness in teaching in 1972.
He was a HOPE (Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator) award semifinalist in 1995. He was one of eight members of the KU faculty chosen for Outstanding Educators of America in 1973. A 1961 graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, he received master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Kathleen A. McCluskey-Fawcett
"She provides students in her child psychology honors class an opportunity to volunteer in an agency working with children and summarize the experience in a paper. I found this application of the concepts to real-life one of the best methods for learning class material. ...," Kelly E. Thompson, Springfield, Mo., senior in psychology, said in her nominating letter.

McCluskey-Fawcett was appointed associate provost in 1996. She came to KU as a visiting associate professor of psychology in 1985 and joined the faculty in 1986. She was chair of the psychology department from 1986 to 1989, when she was appointed associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1993, she was named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. A 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, she earned a master's degree in child development and a doctorate in developmental and child psychology, both from KU.
Tim Shaftel
"He inspires us to learn more than just textbook definition of things in accounting. He makes us want to go out and find things that pertain to our life and make accounting exciting," Tiffany Crow, Independence, Kan., senior in business, said in her speech nominating Shaftel.

Shaftel has taught at KU for 10 years. His previous teaching awards include a 1997 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and a 1994 Henry A. Bubb award for distinguished teaching in business. KU accounting students gave him the 1992 outstanding accounting educator award and in 1991, Shaftel was a semifinalist for the university-wide HOPE (Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator) award. He is a 1968 graduate in information systems engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles. Shaftel holds master's and doctoral degrees in university industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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