William “Bus” Jaco was selected as the 2017 Eminent Faculty Award winner at the Oklahoma State University Awards Convocation on Dec. 6 at the OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. The award recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU. Jaco is a Regents professor and head of the department of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jaco is a national expert in improving student success in entry-level math courses, and he is leading initiatives to help mathematician’s instruction throughout the state.
At OSU, Jaco has developed a new Learning Success Center and has led an 11 percent decline in dropped, failed or withdrawn math classes. He is also a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Chris Francisco, professor and associate department head of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was also honored at the convocation as one of ten faculty selected for the national Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award sponsored by the National Resource Center for First-year Experience and Students in transition.
Other CAS faculty and staff were honored at the convocation:
Leave the Ladder Down Award:
Keely James, associate director of Student Academic Services in the College of Arts and Sciences
Regents Distinguished Research Award
Flera Rizatdinova, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Mark Sisson, Art, Graphic Design and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
Ryan Gardner, Music, College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Wadoski, English College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Tamara Mix, Laurence L. & Georgia Ina Dresser Professor in Rural Sociology
Lee Brasuell, Mary Lou Lemon Endowed Professorship for Underrepresented Voices
Donald French, Edward E. Bartlett Professorship of Pedagogy in Integrative Biology
Newly Appointed Regents Professors
Tyrrell Conway, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences
Duane Gill, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
Advising Excellence Award
Erika Lutter, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences
Lisa Mantini, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
Mohamed Abdel Salam, Geology, College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate College, Outstanding Program Coordinator