Outstanding Teaching Award 1990 - 1999

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Mary Hinchsliff Pelias

1999:  Mary H. Pelias, associate professor of speech communication.  A three-degree graduate of SIUC, Pelias earned her bachelor’s in 1974, her master’s in 1979 and her doctorate in 1982.  She began her teaching career at the University as a graduate assistant in 1978, became as assistant professor in 1983, and was promoted to associate professor in 1989.

Majorie Morgan

1998:  Marjorie L. Morgan, a history professor, joined SIUC’s faculty in 1988 after finishing her doctoral degree in New Orleans, La., at Tulane University, where she also earned a master’s in 1981.  She earned her bachelor’s from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1975.

Mary Lou Higgerson

1997:  Mary Lou Higgerson, professor of speech communication.  She joined the faculty in 1973 and returned to the classroom in 1992 after more than four years in a full-time administrative post.  Higgerson earned her bachelor’s degree from Clarion State University (now Clarion University) in Clarion, Pa., in 1970, her master’s degree from Central Michigan State University in 1971 and her doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1974.

Aslam Kassimali

1996:  Aslam Kassimali, a civil engineering professor, has been named Outstanding Teacher 10 times by his department since 1982, and three times by his college since 1988.  A native of Pakistan, Kassimali earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Karachi (Pakistan) in 1969, a master’s degree from Iowa State University in 1971 and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri in 1974 and 1976, respectively.  He joined the SIUC faculty in 1980.

David W. Kammler

1995:  David W. Kammler, professor of mathematics.  A native of Belleville, Kammler received two bachelor’s degrees at SIUC in 1962, a master’s degree, also at SIUC, in 1964, a second master’s degree at Southern Methodist University in 1969 and a doctoral degree at the University of Michigan in 1971.  Before joining SIUC’s faculty in 1971, Kammler held a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Diane E. Taub

1994:  Diane E. Taub, associate professor of sociology and now associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Taub earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University in 1975 and 1977, respectively.  She received her doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky in 1986.

Beverly S. Gulley

1993:  S. Beverly Gulley, professor of curriculum and instruction. A native of Valdosta, Ga., Gulley earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan College of Macon, Ga., in 1967.  She earned a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1970 and a doctorate from SIUC in 1974.  She joined the University in 1975.

Michael Parkinson

1992:  Michael G. Parkinson, associate professor of speech communication.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1968, a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1973, a doctorate in communication from the same university in 1977 and a law degree from SIUC in 1987.

Kim Harris

1991:  Kim S. Harris, associate professor of agribusiness economics. Harris, from Mattoon, joined the College of Agriculture’s faculty in 1984.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami (Ohio) University in 1971 and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois in 1979 and 1985.

Mary H. Wright

1991:  Mary H. Wright, associate professor of mathematics. Wright first came to SIUC in 1980 as a visiting associate professor.  A native of Dagenham, England, Wright earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from McGill University in Montreal.

Bob Russel

1990:  Robert D. Russell, professor of health education.  Russell came to SIUC in 1965 as an associate professor in health education and was promoted to professor in 1970.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles (1948 and 1952) and a doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1954.

All information was current at the time of the award.