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April 2008

Release Date: April 15, 2008

Amos Earns ASU Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Bonnie B. Amos, a member of Angelo State University’s biology faculty since 1987, has been named recipient of the university’s 2008 Teaching Excellence Award.

She and award finalists Dr. Shirley M. Eoff of history and Dr. Roger E. Zarnowski of mathematics were recognized during the April 9 general faculty meeting of ASU’s Faculty Senate.

Each honoree was also presented a plaque at the meeting. They will be recognized again during spring commencement ceremonies May 10, with Amos to receive a check for $1,200 and Eoff and Zarnowski to receive checks for $700.

Amos was recognized not only for her enthusiasm and dedication in teaching and research, but also for her “adaptability, willingness to learn, tenacity and extreme patience.” A faculty member wrote, “I am continually amazed and impressed by her words of encouragement or constructive criticism during frequent office visits from students in all courses that she teaches, especially the freshmen.” One of her students noted that “Dr. Amos displays an uncanny ability to ignite the fires of curiosity and the desire to succeed.”

A Concho Valley native with a fascination for the Chihuahuan Desert, Amos received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biology from Angelo State. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in botany from the University of Oklahoma.

Outside the classroom, Amos is active in botanical research and has involved numerous students in her various projects in the Chihuahuan Desert and the mountains of the Big Bend region. She is also the curator of the Herbarium in the Angelo State Natural History Collections.

History professor Eoff was honored for “her dedication to students and dedication to the Honors Program.” One faculty member stated that “students may initially complain about her course, but they consistently come back in a year or more and laud her with compliments.” A student wrote, that “by emphasizing the ‘big picture’ of historical events, she helps students better relate to history and more fully realize its significance in today’s world.”

A member of the ASU History Department since 1981, Eoff earned a bachelor’s degree at Howard Payne University, her master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and her Ph.D. from Texas Tech. She has served as president of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Academic Excellence Committee and is currently president of the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection.

Her areas of specialization include modern America, modern Britain, modern Europe, U.S. diplomatic history and historiography.

Zarnowski was acknowledged as “a role model for novice teachers, a resource for experienced teachers and a shining example of the teaching profession at its very best.” He was also described as “genuinely demonstrating a strong personal commitment to the success of his students.”

A professor of mathematics, Zarnowski joined the ASU faculty in 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in mathematics from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana University.

This semester he is teaching undergraduate courses in precalculus, calculus and differential equations. He is also a member of the ASU Web Oversight Committee that administers the ASU Web site.

ASU’s Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to recognize and encourage teaching excellence. While research, publication, administration or related activities may be acknowledged in the award, the primary focus is on classroom teaching excellence. All faculty who have held a full-time appointment on the ASU faculty for two or more academic years are eligible for nomination.