Honors and Awards for Eight Women Scholars

Joyce Kinkead, professor of English and former vice president for research at Utah State University, received the Fellows Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research at the CUR annual conference in New Jersey. The award includes a research fellowship that the winner can give to a deserving undergraduate student at their college or university.

CUR President William Campbell, stated that Professor Kinkead earned the honor “by providing research, scholarship and creative opportunities for undergraduate students, serving as an inspiration and mentor for colleagues, and encouraging all of us to engage and improve our undergraduate research programs.”

Professor Kinkead has been on the Utah State faculty since 1982. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Missouri and a doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Alice Friman, poet-in-residence at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis, received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the poetry category at ceremonies at Kennesaw State University. She was honored for her collection of poems entitled Vinculum (Louisiana State University Press, 2011). Her other collections include Zoo, The Book of the Rotten Daughter, and Inverted Fire.

A graduate of Brooklyn College, Friman earned a master’s degree in English at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Mary John O’Hair, dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, received the AdvancED Innovation Award at the AdvancED International Summit in Washington, D.C. Dr. O’Hair has been dean at the University of Kentucky since 2009.

Dr. O’Hair is a graduate of Texas Tech University. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University and an educational doctorate from New Mexico State University.

Valorie McAlpin, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, received the 2012 Irving Award for outstanding leadership from the American Distance Education Consortium. She has been at UNCC since 2007. Previously, Dr. McAlpin was associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Dr. McAlpin is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham. She earned a master’s degree at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and an educational doctorate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Kathleen Hale, an associate professor of political science at Auburn University, was honored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals at the group’s annual conference in Nashville. She was honored for her book How Information Matters: Networks and Public Policy Innovation (Georgetown University Press).

Dr. Hale holds a juris doctorate and a Ph.D.

Anne L. Strozier, associate professor and co-founder and director of the Florida Kinship Center at the University of South Florida in Tampa, was named 2012 Social Work Educator of the Year for the state of Florida by the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She served for 10 years as chair of the master of social work degree program at the university.

Dr. Strozier is a graduate of the University of Rochester. She holds a master’s degree in African American studies from Boston University and a master of social work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri.

Nancy C. Hinkle, professor of entomology at the University of Georgia, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Livestock Insect Workers’ Conference, held recently in Kalispell, Missouri. Her research focuses on controlling insect pests at poultry farms.

Dr. Hinkle joined the University of Georgia faculty in 2001. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in urban entomology from the University of Florida.

Margaret Young, an associate professor of biology at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology. Her research focuses on plant biotechnology with the aim of increasing crop production.

Dr. Young served as chair of the education committee for the Society for In Vitro Biology.

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