2006-2007 Academic Year


COMMITTEE:   Academic Awards


1. Membership (include ex-officio members).


Belman, Rodger

Boklage, Charles E

Chandler, James

Christie, Jessica

Dragon, Patricia M

Gemperline, Paul

Hailey, Anthony, SGA rep.

Henning, Sylvie

Lust, Bob

Martin, Carey

Muller, Dorothy

Powers, Rebecca

Williams, Jennifer


2. Meeting Dates (include members present*).


9/7   Charles Boklage, Carey Martin, Jennifer Williams, Bob Lust, Jessica Christie, Rebecca Powers, Sylvie Henning, Dorothy Muller, Jim Chandler, Anthony Hailey, Dot Clayton

10/5  Meeting cancelled.

11/2 Patricia Dragon, Charles Boklage, Jennifer Williams, Rebecca Powers, Sylvie Henning, Dorothy Muller, Anthony Hailey, Dot Clayton

12/7  Patricia Dragon, Jessica Christie, Jennifer Williams, Bob Lust, Rebecca Powers, Paul Gemperline, Dot Clayton

2/1   Patricia Dragon, Charles Boklage, Jessica Christie, Sylvie Henning, Dot Clayton

3/1   Meeting cancelled.

4/5   Meeting cancelled.


3. Subcommittees established during the year (include progress and/or completion

of work).


All subcommittees completed their review of portfolios and award selections on time.


2006/2007 ECU Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity

Subcommittee Members Jennifer Williams, Sylvie Henning, Jim Chandler, Rebecca Powers (chair), Jessica Christie, Paul Gemperline, Charles Boklage.  Reviewed three nominees for the five year achievement award and two for the lifetime achievement award.


2006/2007 Alumni and University Awards for Outstanding Teaching

Subcommittee Members Carey Martin, Jim Chandler, Bob Lust (chair), Patricia Dragon, Paul Gemperline, Cheryl Stevens (Academic Affairs Rep.), Blaise Williams (Health Sciences Rep.), Karen Clough (Alumni Rep.).  Reviewed 25 portfolios, and selected 11 finalists and three winners.


2006/2007 Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service Through Continuing Education

Subcommittee Members Jennifer Williams (chair), Sylvie Henning, Charles Boklage, Karen Vail-Smith (Academic Affairs Rep.), Walter Pories (Health Sciences Rep.), Clayton Sessoms (Continuing Education Rep.).  Reviewed ten portfolios, and selected five finalists and one winner.


2006/2007 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

(not an AAC subcommittee, but AAC supplies members to assist in their

deliberations)  Carey Martin, Bob Lust.  Reviewed six portfolios for the one award.


2006/2007 Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching 

(not an AAC subcommittee, but AAC supplies members to assist in their

deliberations)  Jessica Christie, Rebecca Powers, Anthony Hailey.  Reviewed 16 portfolios for the six awards.


4.  Accomplishments during the year, especially as addressed through committee

goals.  Please include recommendations made to any University agency other than

the Faculty Senate that will be noted under #5.


We were again gratified with the quality of the applications, and delighted to

be in a position to recognize and reward excellence in the endeavors of our

faculty colleagues.  Most of our work gets done in subcommittees, and the chair

is gratified again with the eager and responsible service on the part of our

members, with particular reference to the subcommittee chairs.


5. Reports to the Faculty Senate (include dates and resolution numbers).




6. Business carried over to next year (list in priority order). 




7. Evaluation of the committee (include anything that hindered or assisted the

committee's work during the year).


A.    Charge:  The charge is clear.

B.    Personnel:  The members of the committee are knowledgeable and eager to work.  The chair would like to point out, however, that poor communication regarding the administrative appointees on subcommittees in some cases resulted in minor confusion and inefficiencies. 

C.    Attendance:   All members contributed generously of their time to accomplish their subcommittees’ tasks.  Somewhat troubling, however, was that attendance at full committee meetings (of which there were only four) dwindled markedly during the course of the year, making it somewhat difficult to discuss committee business effectively.

D.    Responsibilities:  The responsibilities of the committee are important and achievable.

E.    Activities: As always, we appreciated the impeccable assistance of Lori Lee as we pursued our activities for the year.


8. Suggestion(s) to the Chair of the Faculty and/or Faculty Senate for improving

the effectiveness of the committee.  


Concern was raised over how little time nominees have to put together their portfolios, especially since the deadline was moved back to Nov. 1 this year.  We suggest that perhaps colleges and schools could be requested to provide the names of their nominees to the Academic Awards Committee by the end of the spring semester, in order to give the nominees the summer to gather their portfolios.


Some of the administrative appointees to the committee had schedule conflicts with the established committee meeting time.  We suggest that teaching schedules be consulted as appointments are made.  We also suggest that appointments be made in writing, carboned to Lori and/or the committee.


We would like it to be understood that all references to videotape in the award procedures (particularly for the University Alumni award) be understood to refer to videocassette or DVD.  This assumption was made by several of the finalists this year, but the question did arise, and we want to be clear for next year.


The committee fielded some questions on behalf of last year’s nominees pointing out that communication about the status of nominees and recipients could be better.  We would like to ensure that all nominees, recipients, and non-recipients for all awards are notified as soon as possible of their status, by the party(ies) responsible for the decision.


9.  Does the Committee’s organizational meeting next year need to be earlier

than the date set this year?  




        Signed:  Chairperson, Patricia Dragon

                 Secretary, Jennifer Williams