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Angelo State Faculty Awarded Endowed Professorships

October 16, 2019

Three Angelo State University faculty members have been awarded Endowed University Professorships that will provide them with additional funding to support their research and/or creative endeavors.

(L to R) William Taylor, Loren Ammerman, Heather Braden(L to R) William Taylor, Loren Ammerman, Heather BradenAn endowed professorship is a named faculty position established by a donor or donors with a funded endowment. The professorships may be named for the donor or for a person or other entity of the donor’s choosing. All full-time ASU faculty members are eligible to apply.

Dr. William Taylor, associate professor of security studies, has been selected for the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship. The professorship is a five-year appointment that includes a $10,000 annual stipend to support Taylor’s research and academic program. It is named in honor of Drain, a former long-time Dallas banker and financier.

Dr. Loren Ammerman, professor of biology, has been selected for the C.J. “Red” Davidson Endowed University Professorship. The professorship is a five-year appointment and includes a $5,000 annual stipend to support Ammerman’s research and academic program. It is named in honor of Davidson, a former prominent Permian Basin oilman and wildcatter.

Dr. Heather Braden, professor physical therapy, has been selected for the John S. Cargile Endowed University Professorship. The professorship is a five-year appointment that includes a $5,000 annual stipend to support Braden’s research and academic program. It is named in honor of Cargile, a former West Texas rancher and owner of Producers Livestock Auction in San Angelo.

To be selected for an Endowed University Professorship is one of the highest honors a faculty member can attain. Selection criteria include:

  • The publication of books, articles, reviews, creative works; the exhibition of works of art; and other evidence particular to the field of scholarly achievement
  • Awards and prizes from professional organizations and foundations
  • Grants in support of research, study or creative works
  • Offices and memberships held in learned societies
  • Papers delivered at learned or professional societies
  • Lectures or performances
  • Services as an expert, consultant, etc., to business, industry, governmental agencies and educational organizations
  • Evidence of teaching distinction
  • Examples of extraordinary services to the university or community

This year’s Endowed University Professorship honorees were selected from 14 applicants. The selection committee was chaired by an ASU dean and included one faculty member from each of the four ASU academic colleges from which applications were received. The professorships were officially awarded by Dr. Don Topliff, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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