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Distinguished Faculty Lecturer 2013 seeks nominations

Lamar University is seeking nominations for the 2013 honoree in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, sponsored by ExxonMobil. Feb. 15 is the nomination deadline.

Lamar faculty, staff, students, alumni and retired faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding teacher/scholars for the award, now in its 27th year, said Thomas Hall Thompson,  chair of the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award Committee.

The award is one of the highest honors accorded a Lamar faculty member, he said. The recipient for 2013 will be announced May 1 at a meeting of the Faculty Senate. The honoree will present a lecture to the Lamar community and university guests this fall in the University Theatre, on a date to be announced.

According to selection guidelines, each nominee must be a full-time faculty member who has completed one year of service at Lamar University and “who clearly expresses the university ideal of searching for knowledge through critical inquiry in his or her own discipline, and who supports and appreciates critical inquiry in the other disciplines of the university.”  Guidelines provide that there may be no repeat nominees.

“The committee that selects the lecturer is unique in that it is composed of faculty members and representatives from the student body, staff, administration, alumni, faculty retirees and the community,” said Thompson, an associate professor of economics and finance at Lamar.“The entire university and the general community are invited to nominate prospective lecturers, and the committee selects the honoree based on the professor’s proposed topic and on his/her professional background and recognized teaching/presentation skills.”

The Lamar Faculty Senate created the committee structure and guidelines for the lecture series, which Lamar initiated in the spring of 1987.  

Nominations must be submitted in writing and mailed to Thomas Hall Thompson, chair, Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award Committee, P.O. Box 10045, Beaumont, Texas 77710. Additional information is available by phone, (409) 880-7981, or by email, thomas.thompson@lamar.edu.