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3 receive coveted Socrates Award

Yesterday, during Austin Peay State Universitys annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, three faculty members received the coveted Socrates Award.

The Socrates Award recognizes tenure-track faculty judged by their students and peers as outstanding teachers. Although academic advising, research and creative activities are factors, the primary award criterion is excellence in teaching.

This years recipients are Dr. Blas Falconer, assistant professor of English, Dr. Brian J. Hock, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Chad Brooks, assistant professor of biology.
Yesterday, during Austin Peay State University's annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, three faculty members received the coveted Socrates Award.

The Socrates Award recognizes tenure-track faculty judged by their students and peers as outstanding teachers. Although academic advising, research and creative activities are factors, the primary award criterion is excellence in teaching.

This year's recipients are Dr. Blas Falconer, assistant professor of English, Dr. Brian J. Hock, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Chad Brooks, assistant professor of biology.

Falconer, who came to APSU in 2003, earned a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Houston. His Master of Fine Arts in English, also with a creative writing concentration, is from the University of Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from George Mason University. In 2002-03, he was a lecturer in poetry for the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque English Department.

Hock joined the APSU biology faculty in 2005. He earned a Ph.D. (2000) and Master of Arts (1997), both in experimental psychology, from Kent (Ohio) State University. In 1995, he received a B.S. in psychology from Lake Superior State University, Sault St. Marie, Mich. During 2002-04, Hock was a postdoctoral scholar and part-time lecturer in the Case Western University Department of Psychology, Cleveland, Ohio.

Brooks, who also joined the faculty at APSU in 2005, earned the Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. In 1995, he received the Master of Science in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee-Martin. From 2004-05, he was a research fellow in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

For more information about the Socrates Award, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (931) 221-7676. -- Dennie B. Burke