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Retiring Faculty Members Recognized at Honors Convocation


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Retiring faculty and university representatives are (from left): Provost Lynita Cooksey, Tina Quinn, Julie Grady, Stan Trauth, Paula Bradberry, Charlotte Young, Curtis Steele, Nancy Young, Joe Bonner, Chancellor Doug Whitlock and Faculty Association President Mike McDaniel.

JONESBORO – Fourteen faculty members who are retiring this academic year were recognized for their longtime service to Arkansas State University during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation, according to Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Each retiree's dean presented a tribute to the individual, noting career highlights.  Chancellor Doug Whitlock and Faculty Association President Mike McDaniel also participated in the annual ceremony.

The retirees, academic title, and their length of service at Arkansas State are:

  • Joe Bonner, assistant professor of music, 33 years

  • Paula Bradberry, director, First Year Studies, 31 years

  • Dr. Julie Grady, associate professor of teacher education, 10 years

  • Dr. Cynthia Miller, director of Delta STEM Education Center and assistant professor, 17 years

  • Dr. Patricia Murphy, associate professor of teacher education, 11 years

  • Dr. Lisa Ochs, associate professor of counseling, 17 years

  • Dr. Patrick Peck, associate professor of counseling, 16 years

  • Dr. Tina Quinn, professor of accounting, 21 years

  • Agneta Sibrava, instructor of physical education, 23 years

  • Bob Simpson, professor of theatre and director of Fowler Center, 34 years

  • Curtis Steele, professor of art and department chair, 38 years

  • Dr. Stan Trauth, professor of zoology, 33 years

  • Dr. Charlotte F. Young, professor of nursing, 23 years

  • Nancy Young, instructor of English, 50 years

Also, Dr. Frances Downing Hunter, who died in November, was recognized posthumously for her 49 years of service. She was an associate professor of English.

Each retiree with 10 or more years of service is awarded emeritus status.  The university also presents a certificate in recognition of the individual's service and contributions to the university. 

The Faculty Honors Convocation, a highlight of the annual Convocation of Scholars observance, is hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and Research to celebrate the achievements of Arkansas State’s faculty.

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