Dec. 17, 2012
|2012 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards recipients are, from left, Dr. Jessica deVega, Dr. Jacklyn Barber and Dr. David Elder.
Morningside College has awarded its 2012 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards to Dr. Jacklyn Barber, professor of nursing education; Dr. Jessica deVega, assistant professor of religious studies; and Dr. David Elder, assistant professor of writing and rhetoric.
Morningside President John Reynders presented the awards during the annual faculty banquet held December 15 at the Sioux City Country Club. 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 faculty development.
The Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards are funded by a 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.
Barber started teaching at Morningside in 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College, a master’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a doctorate from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. The Walker Award evaluators cited Barber’s passion for teaching that manifests itself through effective and innovative classroom work.
DeVega joined the Morningside faculty in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College of St. Petersburg, Fla., a master’s degree from United Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Florida State University in Fort Lauderdale. The Walker Award evaluators noted that deVega’s students and colleagues consistently praise her as a passionate, innovative and excellent teacher.
Elder has been teaching at Morningside since 2010. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and a doctorate from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. The Walker Award evaluators commended Elder for his energetic and engaging teaching style that captures the attention of students and involves them in class activities.
Evaluators for the 2012 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards were Dr. Suzette Astley, professor of psychology, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa; Dr. Christopher Gilbert, professor of political science, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; and Dr. John Krebs, professor of music, Hendrix College, Conway, Ark.