FLORENCE---Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 22.
Rebecca H. Flannagan was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching; A. Glen Gourley Jr. was presented the Award for Excellence in Service; and William P. Fox received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize. All three live in Florence.
“Becky, Glen and Bill are ideal examples of what superlative faculty contribute to a university. I am very proud of them,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “Exemplary teaching, public service and scholarship are essential characteristics of a good faculty member, and these awards recognize the importance of each in our mission of educating students.”
An assistant professor of English, Flannagan has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1995. She was cited for her classroom teaching skills. A native of Hardinsburg, Ky., she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At FMU, she is co-director of the Swamp Fox Writing Project, assistant coordinator for freshman English and has served on a number of university committees. She has published numerous poems, reviews and articles. She is editor of Postcript, the publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas.
Gourley, a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1985. He is an associate professor of theatre arts and speech, and was cited for his service to the university, the community and the state. He has directed more than 25 theatre productions at FMU and has been a judge, consultant or adjudicator for numerous pageants and theatre performances throughout the state. From 1985 to 1999, he held a number of positions with the Cherokee, N.C., outdoor drama “Unto These Hills.” He also has been involved in Ocunluftee Little Symphony productions, Glassboro Summer Theatre, Florence Little Theatre, Encore Theatre Co., Lake City Community Theatre, Manning Back Porch Players, Hartsville Community Theatre and dozens of public school projects. He earned an associate’s degree from Hiwassee College, a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Montevallo and a master’s in fine arts from the University of Mississippi.
A native of Newport News, Va., Fox has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1998. Chairman of the Mathematics Department, Fox was cited for his extensive scholarly work, primarily in mathematical modeling, an area where he is considered a national authority. He has published four books, written numerous articles and made extensive scholarly presentations. Since 2000, he has been involved in statistical analysis involving several medically related research studies. Fox received his bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, his master’s degree in operations research and systems analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a doctorate in industrial engineering and operations research from Clemson University where he taught before coming to FMU. He also taught at the U.S. Military Academy.
Duane P. Myers of Florence, the A.R. Avent Professor of History, also was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 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. A member of the FMU faculty since 1972, Myers earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University. He is a native of Detroit, Mich. He also serves as faculty assistant to the president for special projects.
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