Louisiana Tech faculty recognized for excellence, contributions to university
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Two Louisiana Tech University faculty members were recognized by the University Senate Tuesday, for teaching and research excellence, and their valuable contributions to the success of the students and the university.
Dr. David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology and strength and conditioning coach for Louisiana Tech baseball, received the 2013-2014 University Senate Chair Award and Rhonda Boyd, instructor of kinesiology and director of adult fitness, received the 2013-2014 Virgil Orr Junior Faculty Award. Both honors were presented during Louisiana Tech’s annual fall faculty and staff convocation.
Szymanski, who holds the Eva Cunningham Endowed Professorship in Education in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education, specializes in exercise physiology. His research interests include baseball/softball bat swing and batted-ball velocity, baseball and throwing velocity, sports performance, and body composition. Past academic and university honors for Szymanski include the Virgil Orr Undergraduate Junior Faculty Award (2008) and the College of Education’s Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2007, 2008.) He also served as president of Louisiana Tech’s University Senate for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Boyd, who has twice been recognized with the Outstanding Service Award (2004, 2008) from Louisiana Tech’s Department of Health and Exercise Sciences, specializes in gerontology – the study the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. Her research interests include exercise motivation factors across the lifespan, balance and aging, and adolescent alcohol use. Boyd has been published in several national journals and is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The University Senate Chair Award is presented annually to a full-time, tenured faculty member whose research, teaching, and service are seen as significant contributions to the mission and purpose of Louisiana Tech. The award includes a plaque and a $2,000 stipend paid through the Louisiana Tech University Senate. Nominations and the selection of a single nominee for each college and the library are made on the basis of a vote of the entire faculty of each college and the library, respectively.
The Virgil Orr Junior Faculty Award, established in 2000, is presented annually to a non-tenure track faculty or untenured faculty in a tenure-track position who has made significant contributions to the mission and purpose of the university. Nominations and the selection of a single nominee from each college and the library are made on the basis of a vote of the entire faculty of each college and the library, respectively. The award includes a plaque and a $1,500 stipend paid through the Louisiana Tech Foundation.