Teaching Academy 2019 New Fellows and Imhoff Awards

Adnan Alrubaye
University Relations

Adnan Alrubaye

The University of Arkansas Teaching Academy inducted eight new Fellows and recognized two finalists and the recipient of the 2019 Dr. John and Mrs. Lois Imhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Mentorship. The Imhoff Award, presented annually by the Teaching Academy, recognizes faculty that excel in teaching introductory courses and in mentoring students.

The 2019 Imhoff Award recipient is Adnan Ali Khalaf Alrubaye. Alrubaye is a research assistant professor of biological sciences and poultry science and is the associate director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Alrubaye holds two degrees from the University of Arkansas. Most recently, he received the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, the Collis Geren Award for excellence in graduate and international education, and the UA Most Outstanding Faculty Member from the Associated Student Government. In addition, Alrubaye was inducted into the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy. Alrubaye enjoys teaching and student mentorship. Alrubaye' s main research interest is studying bacterial chondronecrosis with osteomyelitis in broiler chickens and he teaches the General Microbiology course in the Department of Biological Sciences.


The Teaching Academy also recognizes two Imhoff Award finalists for 2019.

Portrait of Kelly Way
Kelly Way

Kelly A. Way is an associate professor in human nutrition, dietetics and hospitality management at the University of Arkansas and serves as the assistant director for the School of Human Environmental Sciences. She is an expert in hospitality education, curriculum design, tourism, and opioid abuse in the workplace and rural populations. Way's expertise in curriculum design has been utilized by two land-grant universities, and she continues to make contributions in curriculum design by serving on the board of advisors at two other universities and serves as a program and curriculum reviewer for hospitality programs nationally. Her research has been funded by internal grants at the University of Arkansas as well as national grants from the USDA and NIFA. 

Way has been nominated for numerous teaching awards, including the Baum Teaching Award, Board of Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentor, and was honored with the Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Teaching Award and The Division of Agriculture's Advisor of the Year Award.  Dr. Way is a member of International Council of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education, Arkansas Hospitality Association, and a founding member of the Association of North American Higher Education International.   She is also a graduate of Leadership for the 21st Century (LEAD21).

Portrait of John Gauch
John Gauch

John Gauch joined the Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas as a professor in 2008.

Previously, he taught at the College of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston from 1989 to 1993, and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas from 1993 to 2016.

While at the University of Kansas, he was associate chair for graduate studies from 2000 to 2005, and co-director of the e-Learning Design Laboratory from 2002 to 2006.

New Teaching Academy Inductees

The Teaching Academy Fellows inducted for 2019 were Adnan Alrubaye (also Imhoff Recipient above), Caree Ann Marie Banton, Juan Jose Bustamante, Tomis Jandik, Stephanie Schulte, Linda Jones, Lynn Meade and Anne Velliquette.

Portrait of Caree Ann Marie Banton
Caree Ann Marie Banton

Caree Ann Marie Banton is an assistant professor of Afro-Caribbean history at the University of Arkansas who is jointly appointed in History and African and African American Studies. She received an M.A. in development studies from the University of Ghana in July 2012 and completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in June 2013. Her research focuses on movements around abolition, emancipation, colonization as well as ideas of citizenship, blackness and nationhood in the 19th century.

Her research has been supported by a number of fellowships, including the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship that allowed her to do research in West Africa, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Robert Penn Warren Center where she joined a group of scholars across a wide range of academic disciplines in the Sawyer Seminar — "The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World" — to study abolition, anti-slavery and emancipation for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Lapidus Center Fellowship at the Schomburg Center and the Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellowship for exceptional scholarship and participation in service activities.

At the University of Arkansas, Caree teaches classes in Afro-Caribbean History, African Diaspora History, and race. Her book manuscript, "More Auspicious Shores: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of the Liberian Republic, 1865–1912," a study that explores continuities and mutabilities in black experiences of freedom, citizenship and nationhood across the atlantic world was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2019.

Portrait of Juan Jose Bustamante
Juan José Bustamante

Juan José Bustamante is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas. He has a joint appointment between the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University, and an M.S. and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Texas Pan American. Born in Mexico City and raised in both Mexico and Texas, his research interests include Latina/o communities, international immigration, and qualitative research methods.

He is the author of Transnational Struggles: Public Policy, Gender, and Family Life on the Texas-Mexico Border (LFB Scholarly Publishers, 2013). His work focuses on developing an interpretive approach to the study of communities within the US-Mexico border area as part of a cohesive, transnational social field

Portrait of Tomas Jandik
Tomas Jandik

Tomas Jandik received his Ph.D. in finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the winner of 2018 Walton College Outstanding All-Around Faculty Award and is a former Fulbright Scholar. Jandik's research has been published in top finance and business journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Financial Management, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of International Business Studies.

His work has been featured in Financial Times, on National Public Radio, as well as in popular business and industry journals such as Dow Jones MarketWatch, Chief Executive Magazine, Risk Management Magazine, and EnergyBiz. His research has also been presented at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He currently serves as an associate editor for The Financial Review.

Portrait of Linda Jones
Linda Jones

Linda Jones is an associate professor of world languages. She earned a B.A. in French from Northeast Louisiana University in 1983; an M.A. in Francophone studies from the University of Arizona in 1988; an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 1997; and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of New Mexico in 2001. Jones joined the faculty in 1988 and is currently associate professor of instructional technology.

Her research interests include: second language learning and technology; New France and French Mississippi archival studies; missionaries of the Lower Mississippi Valley; spirituality in higher education. Linda has published numerous articles in such prestigious journals as the Modern Languages Journal and the CALICO Journal. She has presented papers at both national and international conferences and has developed software and videos to educate students about French Arkansas' history. She has also regularly participated in workshops and training of teaching assistants and faculty at the University of Arkansas.

Jones is currently the vice chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and additionally served 25 years as the director of the Language Center. Jones is heavily engaged in writing grants as well and, to date, has received funding for 30 different grant proposals focused on language teaching and technology as well as French Arkansas history.

Portrait of Lynn Meade
Lynn Meade

Lynn Meade's primary focus is on the instruction of students and her greatest joy is watching her students develop and grow.

She teaches communication courses and honors courses for the Department of Communication. As a result of her dedication to students, she earned the Imhoff Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2018.

In addition, she received the NWACC's  Halls of Excellence Teaching Award in 2001 and was nominated three times for teaching honors by the Student Alumni Association and Associated Student Government.

Student athletes voted her the Game Day Professor in 2009 and 2015.

Portrait of Stephanie Schulte
Stephanie Schulte

Stephanie Ricker Schulte is associate chair and associate professor of communication at the University of Arkansas. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and researches communication technologies, popular culture, and transnational media policy.

Her book, Cached: Decoding the Internet in Global Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2013, Critical Cultural Communication Series), is a transnational political and cultural history of the internet that examines the multidirectional relationships between technological design, American culture and policymaking. Her work has also appeared in shorter form in the International Journal of Communication, Journal of Television and New Media, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Mass Communication and Society, Feminist Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Communication, American Studies, and the Journal of New Media and Culture.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Schulte received the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, a Faculty Gold Medal, Outstanding Mentor Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award, and the American Studies Association’s Gabriel Prize.

Portrait of Anne Velliquette
Anne Velliquette

Anne Velliquette received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the College of Business Administration at Missouri State University. In between receiving her undergrad and master's degrees, Velliquette worked in marketing and sales for Cargill in the B2B arena within the food industry.

While working on her M.B.A., Velliquette worked with the Small Business Development Center and a joint venture with Wal-Mart titled The Wal-Mart Innovation Network program, an entrepreneurial program where small businesses and inventors received business and marketing support in their endeavors to introduce new products into the marketplace. After completing her M.B.A., Velliquette attended the University of Arkansas where she received her doctorate in marketing at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Upon completion of her degree, Velliquette taught marketing at the University of Utah for four years.

She then returned to the University of Arkansas and is currently teaching as a clinical assistant professor of marketing. Velliquette teaches Integrated Marketing Communications, and Retail Strategy at the undergrad level, and is currently teaching both online and face to face. She has also taught the Marketing class in the Executive M.B.A. Program. She is passionate about teaching the Integrated Marketing Communications course with the unique approach of having her students work with small start-up businesses to develop a creative brief and advertising campaign in order to help launch local brands.


Lori Libbert, HEI Program coordinator
Teaching and Faculty Support Center
4795753222, tfsc@uark.edu


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