Fulbright College Announces 2022 Annual Teaching and Research Faculty Awards

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The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the U of A has named the 2022 recipients of its annual awards for teaching and research. The winners were each selected for their demonstrated excellence in these areas.

“These 2022 winners are nothing short of stellar – and the competition for these awards grows more intense each year as the caliber of nominees continues to amaze the selection committee,” said Todd Shields, Dean of Fulbright College.

“It means so much to be able to honor these fantastic and inspiring professors who give their all for their teaching, research and service,” added Shields. “And our 2022 honorees consistently demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in their respective fields, while continuing to help our students succeed and work to better our college and the world beyond.”


The college honors up to three outstanding teachers each year, and selection is based on a letter of nomination, teaching evaluations, and documentation of the applicant’s teaching activities.

2022 recipients include:

jeffrey lewisassociate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, whom his department chair and sponsor David S. McNabb describes as having “successfully mastered the ability to communicate difficult scientific concepts to students… [which] I consider this exceptional. I just don’t have the right adjectives to point out his performance in the classroom.” McNabb said Lewis had graduated two master’s and two doctoral students, mentored 12 undergraduate research projects, served on 40 thesis committees or graduate thesis and 35 honors undergraduate committees, and frequently serves as a judge for student poster or oral presentations, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several scientific journals, and serves as a panelist grants to the NSF and NIH.” Most of the students who complete their research under his guidance have gone on to pursue careers in science and medicine, which is a testament to his teaching and mentorship outside the classroom. class.” In addition to his class work, Lewis “has been well funded through federal grants from the National Science Foundation, including the prestigious NSF CAREER award he received. u in 2019…He is the model of a “teacher-scholar”…His commitment to education should be emulated by all teachers.”

Lynn Meade, a lecturer in the Department of Communication, whom her colleague and nominator Margaret Butcher describes as “the kind of teacher that students will remember long after they graduate… for the way she cared about them and how she challenged them. Butcher said Meade taught 38 classes from 2018-2021, previously won the Imhoff Award for Teaching and Mentoring, was inducted into the U of A Teaching Academy, was a professorship speaker Wally Cordes and had received the TFSC Faculty Commendation, which led to her becoming co-director of the Wally Cordes Faculty Teaching and Support Center. “Dr. Meade seeks creative and highly relevant teaching methods while providing rigorous content. She teaches using traditional teaching methods, but also tries new technologies, engages students with the community, and provides learning opportunities where students can grow personally, professionally and intellectually.” Butcher said. Meade has also established a study abroad program in Ireland and is one of 33 Fulbright College teachers participating in the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) microcredit in creating a learning environment. inclusive and supportive learning. “Dr. Meade exemplifies what it is to be a master teacher.”


The honor is awarded to up to three outstanding scholars. Recipients are chosen on the basis of a nomination letter, the nominee’s research achievements documented in a one-page summary of their research outlining its significance, a list of 10 publications, supporting evidence of outstanding performance in research, his curriculum vitae and an evaluation by the director of the department.

2022 recipients include:

Stephanie Schulte, a professor in the Department of Communication and acting associate dean, who her department’s vice chair and nominator, Ron Warren, describes as “deeply deserving of this award” with a scholarship that is “squarely focused on intersection of technology, culture and public policy”. The foundation in critical cultural studies was combined with an array of historical research methods, and the result was a compelling and unique voice on the history of the Internet and the digital world. Since joining the U of A in 2008, Schulte has published a book, 17 publications as well as eight shorter plays and has won approximately $167,000 in grants, given 22 invited talks and presented 30 conference papers, mostly at national or international conferences. Warren said that “Dr. Schulte’s research has been recognized internationally as among the best in the fields of communication and American studies”. His writings have been featured in top journals, including the International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Studies, Journal of Communication, Social Science Quarterly, Television and New Media and more. She has also been invited to publish chapters in seminal books published by MIT Press, Princeton University Press and Cambridge University Press.

Johanna Thomasdirector of the School of Social Work, which her nominee Yvette Murphy-Erby, vice-chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion, describes as “the epitome of a master researcher” with a “program of meaningful and translational research… [and] an expert in the discipline” of social work. Thomas’ work focuses on the needs of vulnerable populations, such as people struggling with substance abuse, people with disabilities, and people in need of support and counseling in relation to Behavioral and Integrative Health Since joining the U of A six and a half years ago, Thomas has published 20 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, has six more articles in review, has published three book chapters and presented 37 peer-reviewed presentations Last year alone, she authored or co-authored 15 federal foundation or grants totaling $23.6 million, raising $19.9 million to nonprofits and specialty courts throughout Arkansas and $2.9 million to the U of A. She incorporated $530,000 into her grant proposals to support student allowances, travel, assistantships, tuition, and internships His collaborative work has also created 60 graduate scholarships worth more than $1.5 million. “There is no denying that Dr. Thomas is…a star researcher.”


This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a faculty member to the department or college advising program. Recipients are chosen based on a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the nominee’s work as an advisor, as well as letters of support from colleagues and former students.

The 2022 recipient is:

Kathy Comforta French teacher and vice-chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, whom her colleague and nominator Hope Christiansen describes as “eminently qualified to advise students on course selection…how to acclimatize to a completely different and…how to get the most out of the study abroad experience.” Comfort has been an undergraduate counselor for nearly 19 years and has a reputation as someone who “instantly puts [students] at ease, finding the perfect balance between offering vital information… and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. test center for the Chamber of Commerce of Paris Ile-deFrance and for the Franfrais Assessment Test, an internationally recognized general language proficiency exam. Comfort did all of this while “maintaining an active research program…an impressive teaching record [and] supporting a constantly high service load. I know few faculty members who work as hard as Kathy Comfort and are as successful in all areas as she is,” said Christiansen.


This award is given to a Fulbright College graduate assistant in recognition of outstanding contribution to the teaching mission of the college and university. Recipients are chosen based on a letter of nomination, a recommendation from the department chair, assessments from classroom visits and other types of department review, resume, letters of support from the corps faculty and peers as well as current and former students, a list of courses taught at the university, and a summary of student evaluations for each course.

The 2022 recipient is:

Airic Hugues, in the Department of History, which its nominator Laurence Hare, chair holder and associate professor of history, describes as “the ideal candidate for this award because of his commitment to his students and the way his teaching is strives to ensure that they leave the classroom as better local and global citizens. Hare said Hughes is one of “our most popular and successful graduate instructors, consistently enjoying extremely high enrollments and receiving consistently high review scores.” In 2020 and 2021, Hughes received the Matthew B. Kirkpatrick Award for Excellence in Higher Education in History. Additionally, one of Hughes’ former students said, “He makes learning a subject like history exciting and interesting. In all my years as a student, I have never come across a teacher who can connect with students as he does. Mr. Hughes’ interest in educating all students about history is driven by his obvious concern for student growth. … With this type of teaching, students believe in their ability to contribute and grow in the classroom.

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