Dec. 10, 2004
awarded the 2004 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards to
Dr. Susan Burns, assistant professor of psychology;
Dr. Stephen Coyne, professor of English;
and Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor
John Reynders presented the awards during the annual faculty
banquet held Thursday, Dec. 9. The recipients, selected from
a field of nominees by a panel of three outside evaluators,
will each receive a $10,000 honorarium and $3,000 to use for
the purpose of faculty development.
The Sharon Walker
Faculty Excellence Awards, presented for the first time in
2003, are funded by a $500,000 gift from Morningside alumni
Jim and Sharon Walker, of Wayzata, Minn.
Criteria for selection
include: teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship,
and service to Morningside College. The awards are based upon
the accomplishments and activities of a faculty member during
the previous academic year.
The evaluators were
Dr. Stephen F. Davis, professor emeritus, Emporia State University,
Emporia, Kan.; Dr. Kevin Kraus, associate dean and professor
of biology at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; and Dr. Raymond
Brady Williams, professor emeritus in the humanities and director
emeritus of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in
Theology and Religion at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind.
has been at Morningside College since the fall of
2002. During the 2003-04 academic year, she served as faculty
advisor to Student Government, as well as working actively
with undergraduate research. Because of her leadership and
support, three students gave five different presentations
at the Annual Great Plains Student Psychology Convention and
one co-authored a paper presented at the annual meeting of
the American Psychological Society. She also led her students
in establishing the first Morningside Student Research Symposium
that was held last April.
Burns also served
as advisor to 20 first-year and five psychology students.
She was elected by students as one of two Homecoming faculty
representatives for the last two years.
She co-authored the
article "Volunteering to Assist the Homeless: Public Service
Announcements and Individual Differences" published in the
Journal of Social Distress and the article "Antisocial
and Prosocial Teasing Among Children: Perceptions and Individual
Differences" in Social Development. She was selected
to write a chapter on "Inviting Students to Become Research
Collaborators" for the Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology
, published by Blackwell Publishers. She authored the
content for the companion Web site for the newly released
textbook An Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods:
Becoming a Psychological Detective, published by Prentice
Hall. She is also a consulting editor and reviewer for the
Journal of Psychological Inquiry and the Psi
Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Burns holds a doctorate
in personality and social psychology with an emphasis in child
development from Kansas State University. She received her
master's degree in experimental psychology and her bachelor's
degree in psychology from Emporia State University in Kansas.
Previously, she was
a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State from 1998 to
2002 and was a part-time lecturer at Washburn University during
2001-2002. Burns was a graduate teaching assistant at Emporia
State from 1996 to 1998.
to Morningside in 1988. During 2003-04, he taught seven different
courses, including four new courses, two of which were work-intensive
classes in the new first-year curriculum. He served as advisor
to 19 first-year students plus four English majors and as
faculty advisor for The Kiosk, Morningside's literary
magazine. Additionally, he served as the coordinator for faculty
teaching Morningside's new Passport and Composition and Communication
During 2003-04, he
published several original works, among which were his short
story, "Hollowed by Thy Name," which appeared in the March-April
2004 issue of The North American Review, his poem,
"Weeding," which appeared in The Southern Review during
the summer of 2003, and his poem, "Living Down Jersey," which
appeared in The Potomac Review this past summer.
He is the creator
and coordinator of The Sioux City Readings Series, which began
in 1998 and brings nationally published poets, novelists,
and short story writers to Sioux City.
Coyne holds a doctorate
in creative writing and American literature from the University
of Denver, a master's degree in English from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree
in English from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.
He also studied with the University of Iowa Graduate Program
in Writing. Before coming to Morningside, he was chair of
the humanities and fine arts department at Isothermal Community
College in Spindale, North Carolina and a teaching fellow
in the English department at the University of Denver.
began teaching at Morningside in 1996. During 2003-04,
she served as chair of the philosophy department. She taught
six different courses, and two of the courses were new to
the curriculum. Additionally, she took students on a study-abroad
trip to Italy .
She helped to develop
the new Morningside curriculum, especially in the area of
ethics. She also served as a member of the Facilities and
Finance Committee and was active in the Interdepartmental
During 2003-04, she
had four publications, including two book chapters and two
journal articles, among which were "Athletics as Medicine
for the Soul" in the journal Skepsis XIII-XIV and
"Socrates at the Ballpark" in the book Baseball and Philosophy:
Thinking Outside the Batter's Box , published by Open
Court, La Salle, Ill., and available in bookstores. She has
served on the editorial board of review for the Journal
of the Philosophy of Sport since 1998.
She also gave three
presentations, including "The Hellenic Virtue of Sophrosyne
in Ancient and Modern Olympic Sport" at the International
Association for the Philosophy of Sport in Cheltenham, United
Kingdom; "Athletic Competition as Socratic Philosophy" at
The World Congress of Philosophy in Istanbul, Turkey; and
"Socrates' Mission: Philosophy as Piety" at The International
Conference on Greek Philosophy in Athens, Greece.
She was an invited
guest for the 11th International Postgraduate Seminar on Olympic
Studies at the International Olympic Academy held in Greece
in 2003. She has been invited as a faculty member for the
13th such seminar to be held in Greece in 2005.
She holds a doctorate
and master's degree in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English
language and literature from the University of Virginia.