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Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services 2010 Faculty Scholars program honorees are (L to R): Dean Alexander, associate professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Bonny Mhlanga, associate professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Sandra Watkins, associate professor, educational leadership; Seung Won Yoon, associate professor, instructional design and technology; Donna McCaw, professor, educational leadership; Hoyet Hemphill, chair, instructional design and technology; Leaunda Hemphill, associate professor, instructional design and technology; Vladimir Sergevnin, assistant professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; and Laura McArthur, associate professor, dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality. (Not pictured is Kathy Barclay, professor, curriculum and instruction.) Photo courtesy of Visual Production Center.

COEHS Faculty Honored in New Scholars Program

September 28, 2010


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MACOMB, IL -- Earlier this month, 10 faculty in Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services were recognized for their contributions to WIU and their respective fields in the newly established COEHS Faculty Scholars program. According to COEHS Dean Nick DiGrino, the impetus for the new program was based on the desire to recognize the College's faculty for their excellence in the area of research and scholarly publication and to foster an environment conducive to high caliber research.

"A growing priority for the College of Education and Human Services is faculty scholarship," DiGrino said. "I am particularly interested in seeing full-time faculty members from the various disciplines in the COEHS publish the results of their research in highly credible journals in their respective fields. The recognition program provides an opportunity to introduce and promote the work of the College's talented researchers to the wider COEHS and University communities, while highlighting their contributions to their disciplines."

DiGrino noted that all COEHS faculty (including unit B faculty and new faculty members) are eligible for recognition in the COEHS Faculty Scholars program. He added that although the focus of the recognition is on research and scholarly publication, an acceptable record of teaching and performance of primary duties must be present for each COEHS faculty member considered for recognition in the program.

"The major criterion is a current (previous three years) body of peer-reviewed scholarship, which includes a specified number of peer-reviewed journal articles. To a limited degree, books, book chapters and major grants were considered as well," DiGrino said.

The inaugural group honored in the COEHS Faculty Scholars program includes:

Dean Alexander, associate professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Kathy Barclay, professor, curriculum and instruction
Hoyet Hemphill, chair, instructional design and technology
Leaunda Hemphill, associate professor, instructional design and technology
Laura McArthur, associate professor, dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality
Donna McCaw, professor, educational leadership
Bonny Mhlanga, associate professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Vladimir Sergevnin, assistant professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Sandra Watkins, associate professor, educational leadership
Seung Won Yoon, associate professor, instructional design and technology

"These faculty scholars will advise the faculty and staff in the College. I am very interested in learning from this group of successful scholars how the College can create a more fertile environment for aspiring researchers and their students," DiGrino noted.

In Spring 2011, the COEHS Faculty Scholars will select a noted research lecturer and host a campus-wide assembly and reception, he added.

For more information, contact Dana Moon, director of marketing and community relations in the College of Education and Human Services, at (309) 298-1690 or DM-Moon@wiu.edu.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg (TE-Koltzenburg@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations