University of Dallas Honors Faculty for Commitment to Excellence
Frank, Jewell Named King, Haggar Fellows during Annual Ceremony
Date Published: Jan. 25, 2017
“The light that shines from the University of Dallas is also found in the commitment
of the University of Dallas faculty to the intellectual and moral virtues — a commitment
often not found in other institutions of higher education,” said Provost Charles “C.W.”
Eaker of the year’s faculty achievements during the 32nd King/Haggar Haggerty Faculty
Award Ceremony. Awards presented during the prestigious event recognized and honored
faculty who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the university and to
Professor of Philosophy William “Bill” Frank, who is “well-loved” by all students and “unstinting in his dedication,” was named
the 2017 King Fellow, which honors a senior faculty member with more than eight years of service. His
various titles throughout four decades of service – department chair, dean, academic
director in Rome, academic advisor, faculty senator and faculty senate president –
show the great extent of his commitment to the university.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology Marti Jewell, described as a “colleague who is always willing to share her time” and one who “truly
embodies the Neuhoff mission of theological education for transformative service in
every aspect of her work,” was named the 2017 Michael A. Haggar Fellow, awarded to a junior faculty member with eight or fewer years of service. A nationally
known pastoral practitioner, researcher and scholar, she now directs graduate and
undergraduate programs in the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry.
In 1981, the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation and the Haggar Foundation helped
create the King/Haggar Faculty Development Endowment, which made both the King Fellow
and Haggar Fellow Awards possible and included funding for summer research stipends.
Provost Jack Paynter instituted the first awards ceremony in 1985. Both awards, which
are selected by the faculty development committee from faculty nominations, are considered
the highest faculty honor, and recipients must have made a significant contribution
to the university through scholarly work, excellence in teaching and as an exemplary
Five other awards from the Neuhoff School of Ministry and the Satish & Yasmin Gupta
College of Business, also honored faculty.
Fr. Rev. Rafael M. Ramirez, S.S.D., affiliate assistant professor of theology, was named the Cynthia and David Freeman Professor of Sacred Scripture, awarded to a ministry instructor for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service
to the church. Fr. Ramirez has been essential to expanding the Neuhoff School of Ministry’s
continuing education programs to better serve the educational needs of Hispanics in
North Texas and throughout the United States.
Sandra Blanke, director for the Center of Cybersecurity Education and associate professor of management,
was named the Ralph and Joy Ellis Endowed Chair in Management Technology for her “tireless pursuit to advance her students’ skills in the field of cybersecurity.”
At a time when cybersecurity is ever more critical to business, Blanke remains devoted
to her students and “advancing the study of technology and management,” a mission
for which the endowed chair was founded.
Bruce Evans, professor of management, received the Impact Award to recognize his influence on Gupta College’s curriculum, his students and his relationships
with Dallas/Fort Worth companies. More than 900 completed student projects have assisted
more than 500 companies in North Texas as part of the college’s Capstone Consulting
Experience, a hallmark program that he helped launch in 1973.
Laura Muñoz, associate professor of marketing, received the Engagement Award for her passion and enthusiasm for her students. As a faculty coach in national competitions
and as adviser for Market Share - Marketing, an undergraduate student organization
affiliated with the American Marketing Association, she is able to connect theory
with practice to her students’ great benefit.
J. Lee Whittington, professor of management, received the Innovation Award for his leadership and development of the Gupta College’s Doctor of Business Administration
(DBA) program. With this unique doctoral degree — designed for professionals with
extensive managerial experience looking to transform business practice — Whittington
introduced Texas’ only DBA program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business (AACSB).
Haggar Scholar Awards, which provide faculty research funding, were presented to:
Daniel Burns, assistant professor of politics
Jonathan Culp, director of international students and associate professor of politics
David Davies, assistant professor of English and adjunct professor of classics
Jacob-Ivan Eidt, chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and program director
and associate professor of German
Chad Engelland, assistant professor and director of the master’s program in philosophy
William Frank, professor of philosophy
Erin Freeman, assistant professor of psychology
Kelly Gibson, assistant professor of history
Marti Jewell, associate professor of pastoral theology
Christopher Malloy, associate professor of theology
Aida Ramos, assistant professor of economics
Stephanie Swales, assistant professor of psychology
The 2017 Haggerty Teaching Excellence Awards — supported and made possible by the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Foundation and
determined by student and alumni votes — recognized the following faculty for their
dedication to and excellence in teaching:
Frank Doe, associate professor of biology
Jenny Gu, assistant professor of finance
Thomas Jodziewicz, professor of history
Gregory Roper, associate professor of English and department chairman
David Sweet, associate professor of classics and department chairman
Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.
The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.
"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D, professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.