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May 10, 2006

RSU Announces Faculty Excellence Awards

Rogers State University has announced the recipients of its faculty recognition awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Nine RSU faculty members, three from each of the university's academic schools, were selected to receive the first annual faculty awards. They were announced at a recent awards ceremony on the RSU campus in Claremore.

Award recipients are selected based on a peer nomination and review process coordinated by the RSU Faculty Senate. Recipients receive a certificate and a cash stipend.

From the School of Business and Technology, Cliff Layton received the award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Peter Macpherson received the award for Excellence in Scholarship; and Martha Jagel received the award for Excellence in Service.

From the School of Liberal Arts, Dr. Gary Rutledge received the award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Quentin Taylor received the award for Excellence in Scholarship; and Dr. Emily Dial-Driver received the award for Excellence in Service.

From the School of Mathematics, Science and Health Sciences, Clem Ohman received the award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Min Soe received the award for Excellence in Scholarship; and Dr. Patricia Seward received the award for Excellence in Service.

Layton received a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from East Central University. He has also studied computer science at California State University-Northridge. He has published, presented, and consulted extensively in his areas of expertise, which include several computer languages, object-oriented software engineering, artificial intelligence fields, World Wide Web and listserv systems, and distance learning.

Macpherson received a doctoral degree and master's degree in computer science from Lehigh University and a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Pennsylvania State University. His academic specialties include bioinformatics, parallel algorithms, networks, modeling, programming languages, and decision theory.

Jagel received a master's degree in occupational and adult education from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in business education from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Her areas of specialty include business communication, business English, introduction to business, office machines, medical transcription, keyboarding, database management, office administration, court reporting classes, and communication skills for managers and professionals.

Rutledge received his doctoral degree in education administration from Oklahoma State University. Additionally, he has an M.A. in history from the University of Tulsa, a B.A. in history from Oklahoma State University, and an A.A. in history from Tulsa Community College. His areas of specialization include military history, Constitutional law, and the Progressive Era. He also has done graduate studies in public administration and policy implementation at the University of Oklahoma.

Taylor received a doctoral degree in political science, and master's and bachelor's degrees in history from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He has published books on Nietzsche, Machiavelli, and The Federalist Papers, as well as a number of articles on historical, philosophical, and political topics.

Dial-Driver teaches composition, writing and literature classes at RSU. She has made presentations at local, regional, and national conferences on English, technology, and higher education; authored textbooks and articles; had short stories and poetry published in local and national publications; and had plays and other media produced. 

Ohman received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma and an associate's degree in Paramedic Technology from RSU. He is a nationally registered and Oklahoma-licensed paramedic, a hazardous materials technician, and a certified firefighter. He was awarded the Pfizer Excellence in Teaching Endowment in 1997. 

Soe received doctoral and master's degrees in physics from College of William and Mary. He received his master's degree in applied mathematics from Hampton University and Bachelor's degree in physics from Rangoon University in Burma. His research interest is mainly in the area of computational physics. His current work is focused on mesoscopic physics; lattice Boltzmann computational methods and large scale computing.

Seward received a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor's degree in genetics from the University of California at Davis. She has taught a variety of classes in the areas of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology and molecular genetics. She also was chief chemist and analytical laboratory supervisor at the Freeport-McMoRan Gold Co. in Elko, Nev.