Outstanding faculty honored at Tech’s spring commencement
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Four Louisiana Tech University faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching, research and advising during last Saturday spring commencement ceremony at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The 2013 Louisiana Tech University Foundation’s Professorship Award, F. Jay Taylor Undergraduate Teaching Award and Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award were presented before the 879 spring graduates and nearly 7,000 guests in attendance.
Dr. Mel Corley, Century Telephone Enterprises Professor and director of civil, mechanical and construction engineering technology, and Bill Willoughby, professor of architecture and associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts, were both awarded the 2013 Louisiana Tech University Foundation’s Professorship Award.
The award is given annually by the president of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who demonstrates extraordinary service and performance in teaching, research and/or service to the campus or local community.
Corley has served Louisiana Tech as a faculty member and student mentor for the past 23 years, earning a number of university and College of Engineering and Science awards for performance and achievement. Willoughby has been on the faculty of the School of Architecture since 1998 and has served as the associate dean and director of graduate studies and research in the College of Liberal Arts since 2005. Like Corley, Willoughby has been recognized university-wide on numerous occasions for his teaching and mentorship of students.
Louisiana Tech University Foundation President Jack Byrd presented Corley and Willoughby each with a plaque and a $3,000 cash award. Past winners of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation’s Professorship Award include vice president emeritus Dr. Kenneth Rea and incoming university president Dr. Leslie Guice.
The 2013 F. Jay Taylor Undergraduate Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Brad Cicciarelli, a lecturer in chemical and mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering and Science. He has taught several courses in thermal sciences as well as chemical engineering in the area of transport phenomena. Cicciarelli received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award.
The 2103 Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award went to Daphne Jewell, an instructor of biological sciences in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences. Outgoing Student Government Association President and University of Louisiana System board member William Dearmon presented Jewell with a plaque and a check for $1,500.