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Three APSU faculty lauded during Academic Honors and Awards Day

Three faculty members received Austin Peays most coveted faculty awards during the Universitys Academic Honors and Awards Day April 21.

Dr. Carlette Hardin, professor of education, received the Richard M. Hawkins Award; Dr. Carmen Reagan, professor of business, was given the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service Award; and the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award went to Dr. Ronald Robertson, associate professor of chemistry.
Three faculty members received Austin Peay's most coveted faculty awards during the University's Academic Honors and Awards Day April 21.

Dr. Carlette Hardin, professor of education, received the Richard M. Hawkins Award; Dr. Carmen Reagan, professor of business, was given the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service Award; and the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award went to Dr. Ronald Robertson, associate professor of chemistry.

The Richard M. Hawkins Award recognizes a faculty member who has made noteworthy contributions to scholarship or creative activity. The Chamber's Distinguished Community Service Award is based on service to the Clarksville community, while the Distinguished Professor Award is given for exemplary professionalism with an emphasis on teaching.

Hardin earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from APSU and an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University. A scholar with an extensive record of papers published or presented, her research covers topics ranging from classroom management to the globalization of teaching. Her textbook, “Effective Classroom Management: Strategies and Models for Today's Classroom” (Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2004), has been praised as “one of the best textbooks available on classroom discipline.”

As the author of “100 Things Every Adult College Student Ought to Know,” she has eased the transition to college life for countless nontraditional students. In addition, she has led numerous training workshops and institutes for education professionals.

Hardin also has an extensive record of leadership and participation on the national, state and local level. She is past president and member of the Emeritus Council for the National Association for Developmental Education, past president of the Tennessee Association for Developmental Education, and a member of the National Middle School Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, National Association of Teacher Educators, National Field Directors Forum, National Education Association and Tennessee Education Association.

Her past honors at Austin Peay include the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award, the National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award and the Outstanding Faculty Community Service Award.

Her letter of nomination states: “She attracts nothing but positive recognition for the School of Education and for APSU.”

Reagan was appointed professor of marketing at APSU in 1988. She holds a doctorate from Mississippi State University. She earned an M.B.A. from Memphis State University and a bachelor's from Mississippi State College for Women.

During her 16 years in Clarksville, the Memphis native has proven she has a passion for serving the community. She is a member of the governing boards of Centerstone, a regional provider of behavioral health outpatient services, Delta Dental of Tennessee, a non-profit dental insurance provider, First Federal Savings Bank of Clarksville, Clarksville Promise, an affiliate of the National Promise program for children, and Gateway Health Services of Clarksville.

Reagan is board chair of Clarksville Promise and served as chair of the Gateway Health Services board of directors in 2000 and 2001. In addition, she is a member of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Development Committee, Leadership Clarksville, Aspire Clarksville Review Taskforce, Positively Clarksville, Clarksville Area Planning Commission, Clarksville Area United Way and The Network, a women's leadership group.

She has served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Finance Committee chair of the Clarksville Area YMCA and member of the board of directors for Clarksville Sunrise Rotary. She also served the City of Clarksville as an ambassador during a sister city visit to LaYueng, China, in 1996, and as a member of the Tornado Fund Disbursement Committee in 1998.

Reagan was honored with the 2000 Athena Award, which recognizes a local woman's professional excellence, community service and her role in helping other women attain success. She was nominated for the Leadership Middle Tennessee Award in 2001.

Her letter of nomination states: “When Carmen has described her work in the community, she characterized her role as being a ‘team member.' While true, Clarksville and Austin Peay have benefited especially from the leadership she has provided and continues to provide to diverse organizations.”

Robertson came to APSU in 1992 after 14 years of teaching high school chemistry, physics and math at Dickson County High School. He earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University.

As a result of his passion for teaching, Robertson created his popular “Labman” character in 1992. He has adopted this persona in appearances before more than 11,000 students and teachers, doing scientific demonstrations at schools, teachers' meetings, malls and civic clubs. As the character became more popular and Robertson could not fulfill all of his requests for appearances, he began training the members of APSU's chemistry club, XEM, to visit the schools, creating the “Kids and Chemistry” program.

In addition, Robertson started the Montgomery County Science Fair in 1992 and was instrumental in bringing the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair to Austin Peay in 2004. Although his own research has been oriented toward studying the environment, he has served as the University's pre-med adviser since 2002.

For the past few years, he has been working with his undergraduate students on a research project involving the use and kinetics of phosphate anti-corrosives in municipal water supplies.

In his third year at APSU, Robertson was honored with the Socrates Award for outstanding teaching. The chemistry club sponsor has received the Outstanding Student Organization Supervisor Award four times, as well as the Exemplary Faculty Member Award.
—Rebecca Mackey