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Retiring Faculty Recognized at Honors Convocation


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. Faculty Association President Greg Phillips also participated in the annual ceremony.

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

  • Harriette Adams, instructor in physical education, 20 years
  • Dr. Thomas M. Adams, professor of exercise science, 35 years
  • Dr. Darlene Baker, assistant professor of nursing, 25 years
  • Alexander R. Brown, instructor in creative media production, 11 years
  • Dr. Robert Engelken, professor of electrical engineering, 33 years
  • Dr. Paul Hickman, assistant professor of art & visual resources librarian, 27 years
  • Dr. Mitchell L. Holifield, professor of educational leadership, 26 years
  • Julie Isaacson, associate professor of nursing, 29 years
  • Dr. Lina Leatherwood Owens, associate professor of teacher education, 16 years
  • Dr. Angela Stone Schmidt, associate dean, nursing and health professions, 28 years
  • Molly Simpson, professor of theatre, 28 years
  • Dr. Phyllis Skorga, professor of nursing, 17 years
  • Dr. Annette Stacy, associate professor of nursing, 34 years
  • Dr. Jim Stillwell, professor of physical education, 22 years

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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Harriette Adams, Thomas Adams and Mitch Holifield


Robert Engelken


Paul Hickman and Molly Simpson


COS NHP-RetireesAngela Schmidt, Annette Stacy and Julie Isaacson