FLORENCE---Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 20.
Vernon W. Bauer of Lamar was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching; Jennifer Kunka of Florence was presented the Award for Excellence in Service; and Derek Jokisch of Florence received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize.
“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,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “Vernon, Jennifer and Derek are ideal examples of what superlative faculty contribute to a university. I am very proud of them.”
An associate professor of biology, Bauer has been a member of the FMU faculty since 2000. He was cited for his classroom teaching skills. A native of Columbia, Bauer earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science at Clemson University in 1992 and a doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State University in 1999, where he received the outstanding graduate teaching award. He has also taught at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He serves on several FMU committees and is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Science. His area of expertise is the molecular control of hibernation in 13-lined ground squirrels. He has several publications and academic presentations to his credit.
Kunka, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., has been a member of the FMU faculty since 2001. She is an assistant professor of English, and director of the FMU Writing Center. She was cited for her service to the university, the community and the state. She served as co-chair of the FMU Gender Studies Steering Committee and serves on the board of the Swamp Fox Writing Project in addition to numerous other university committees. She is vice president and chair of the conference planning team of the Southeastern Writing Center Association. She also serves as a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall and Longman. Author of several articles, she is involved in South Carolina Women in Higher Education, Sigma Tau Delta, Carolinas Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Writing Centers Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history at Marquette University in 1992, a master’s degree in English and American literature from Marquette in 1995 and a doctorate in English from Purdue University in 2002 where she won the graduate student award for outstanding teaching.
A native of Carlinville, Ill., Jokisch has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1999. An associate professor of physics and health physics, he was cited for his extensive scholarly work, primarily in the field of research in trabecular bone dosimetry. He has 17 peer-reviewed articles and eight abstracts published and another two in progress. He is also credited with 25 scholarly presentations at conferences across the United States. Successful in getting several funded research grants, he is project director for a four-year program on improving teacher quality of Pee Dee middle school science teachers. Involved in a number of university committees, he also is a member of the Health Physics Society, American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society, Sigma Xi—The Scientific Research Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Jokisch earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering (1995) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and master’s (1997) and doctoral (1999) degrees in health physics at the University of Florida. He also has been a summer fellow in the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and a radiation safety assistant at the University of Illinois.
Lucy C. Thrower, a professor emeritus of mathematics, 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. She was a member of the FMU faculty from 1971 until her retirement in 1999 and still teaches on a part-time basis. A native of Bennettsville, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.
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