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12 honored as top academic advisers

During the annual Academic Honors and Awards Day ceremony April 22 at Austin Peay State University, 12 faculty members were recognized as outstanding academic advisers.

From the College of Arts and Letters, advisers honored were Dr. Linda Davis, associate professor of languages and literature; Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor and chair of communication; Dr. Thomas King, professor of music; and Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history.
During the annual Academic Honors and Awards Day ceremony April 22 at Austin Peay State University, 12 faculty members were recognized as outstanding academic advisers.

From the College of Arts and Letters, advisers honored were Dr. Linda Davis, associate professor of languages and literature; Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor and chair of communication; Dr. Thomas King, professor of music; and Dr. Minoa Uffelman, assistant professor of history.

Davis earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S. from Tennessee State University. She received the M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University and her B.S. in Secondary Education/English from Tennessee Technological University.

Gotcher has taught at APSU since 1990 and served as director of forensics at APSU from 1984-87. He has a bachelor's in speech and theater from APSU, master's in communication theory from the University of Florida and a doctorate in organizational communication from Louisiana State University.

King began teaching at Austin Peay in 1988. He earned a Doctor of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and a Master of Arts in German, both from the University of Mississippi, Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas. He also has a Performer's Certificate in Opera from the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria.

Uffelman has been an adjunct instructor since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science in History and English from APSU in 1981 and a Master of Arts in History, also from APSU, in 1983. She earned her doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 2003.

In the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences, faculty members awarded the distinction were Dr. Hassan A. Said, associate professor of accounting in the School of Business, and Dr. Rebecca Glass, professor of health and human performance.

Glass has been at APSU since 1986. She received both her bachelor's and master's in health and physical education from the University of Montevallo and a doctorate in physical education from Auburn University.

Said earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Baghdad in Iraq, M.B.A. from St. Jones University in New York and an M.A. in Finance from the University of Alabama, where he also received a Ph.D. in Finance. He also has 18 hours of postgraduate credit-hours in accounting from Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama.

From the College of Science and Mathematics, outstanding academic advisers are Dr. Carrie Brennan, associate professor of chemistry; Amy Freshley Lebkuecher, assistant professor of allied health sciences; Dr. Sarah Lundin-Schiller, associate professor of biology; Dr. Ronald P. Robertson, associate professor of chemistry; Nancy Smithfield, assistant professor of computer science and information technology; and Dr. Suzan Jacqueline Vogel, associate professor of mathematics.

Brennan has a B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lebkuecher, a radiation therapy columnist for Advance magazine, earned an M.S. in Health Services Administration and a B.S. in Health Arts, both from the College of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill. She received certification as a radiation therapist from Vanderbilt School of Applied Health and as a radiologic technologist from Robinson Memorial Hospital.

Lundin-Schiller received her doctoral degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, Graduate Program of Physiology and Pharmacology. She has a bachelor's in zoology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Robertson has been a member of the APSU faculty since 1992. His bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in chemistry were earned at Vanderbilt University.

Smithfield has taught at APSU since 1984. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's from Western Kentucky University.

Vogel earned her doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she also earned a master's degree in education and a master's degree in mathematics. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Carson Newman College, Jefferson City.

The effort to honor outstanding academic advisers from APSU's colleges stems from the University's focus to improve retention rates. -- Melony A. Jones