FLORENCE – Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 23.
Tamatha R. Barbeau of Gainesville, Fla., was given the Award of Excellence in Teaching; Jeannette M. Myers of Central was presented the Award for Excellence in Service; and Kirk E. Dineley of Pittsburgh, Pa., received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize.
“For almost 40 years, Francis Marion’s professors have exemplified the very highest standards in teaching, scholarship and service,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “The efforts of Jeannette, Kirk and Tamatha continue this tradition in service to our students, our community and our state. I am very proud of them and their accomplishments.”
An assistant professor of biology, Barbeau has been a member of the FMU faculty since 2003. She is also coordinator of the pre-veterinary program. As a professor, Barbeau brings her research interests in human reproduction to bear on the classes she teaches. From introducing beginning students to fundamental biological concepts of the human anatomy and human biology to developing customized, upper level supplementary course resources, she strives to help students explore the material thoroughly in their quest for its deepest meaning. In addition, she has created a new course regarding the biology of sex as part of the Gender Studies and Biology programs at FMU. In addition, Barbeau has served as an undergraduate research mentor since she came to FMU.
She received the A.S. degree (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York at Canton, the B.A. degree (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Oswego, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida.
Myers is an assistant professor of astronomy, director of the Dooley Planetarium and the FMU Observatory and coordinator of the astronomy program. She has been a member of the FMU faculty since 2003. She operates and maintains the planetarium and observatory and presents as many as three shows to school groups and other community groups each week. Myers also teaches an earth in space course to middle school instructors during the summer. During the school year, she visits the classrooms to determine whether the course improved their content knowledge.
She received B.S. degrees in physics and astronomy from Mankato State University, and the M.S. degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in astrophysics from Clemson University.
Dineley became an assistant professor of biology at FMU in 2003. Prior to that, he was a visiting research associate at the University of Pittsburgh and an adjunct instructor at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests are mostly in the biomedical disciplines, with specific interest in understanding how brain cells die in various diseases of the nervous system. As a research scientist, Dineley’s work is said to have a global impact on the field of neuroscience. His articles of research have appeared in numerous national publications and earned him notable recognition and honors.
He earned the B.S. degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University and the Ph.D. degree in molecular pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lynn Hanson, an assistant professor of English, also was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. She has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1998. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance between the faculty, administration and the board of trustees.
She recently served as FMU’s faculty coordinator of accreditation and is currently a member of the accreditation committee. She chairs the professional writing advisory committee. She also served on numerous university committees including professional development, departmental recruiting and retention, liberal arts by-laws and the faculty constitution to name a few.
Hanson teaches business and technical communication courses and directs the internship program for students who seek careers writing for the professions.
Hanson came to FMU from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a specialized college in the Pennsylvania State University system, where she taught English, business and technical communication and speech communication courses for 11 years. She earned the B.A. and M.A. in English from Auburn University and the Ph.D. in drama from the University of Georgia.