2009 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Dr. Renee Akbar

Dr. Renee Akbar

Division of Education

Dr. Akbar received her Ph. D. in Educational Foundations from Florida State University and has over twenty-five years of K-16 experience in teaching and administration. Dr. Akbar’s courses are known by her students to be those that promote creative thinking, reflective reasoning, and focused discourse. Dr. Akbar serves on several university committees and is a Faculty-In-Residence for Xavier’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Akbar has presented at many conferences and is the co-author of several articles.

Dr. Karen Becnel Moore

Dr. Karen Becnel Moore

Department of Languages

Dr. Moore received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Bi-Lingual Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. She has contributed extensively to the restructuring of the Spanish curriculum and served as the Director of Xavier’s first study abroad program. Dr. Moore’s students appreciate that her courses are well-organized and that she continuously incorporates student input into the effectiveness of content delivery.

2009 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

Dr. Ross Louis

Dr. Ross Louis

Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Louis received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Louisiana State University in 2002. He joined the Communication Studies program at Xavier in 2003. He has been a member of Xavier’s service learning advisory board and engages students in service learning projects that spark positive social change. Through one such initiative, his students mentored at-risk middle school students. Dr. Louis' recent research addresses how citizenship is performed in post-Katrina New Orleans and has appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly and The Review of Black Political Economy. Dr. Louis serves as editor of XULAneXUS, Xavier's online undergraduate research journal.

Sr. Grace Mary Flickinger

Sr. Grace Mary Flickinger

Department of Biology

Sister Grace Mary has been on Xavier's campus for nearly 40 years and currently serves as a Professor of Biology. Firm in her principles and constant in her efforts, she finds workable solutions in a number of situations. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Xavier University in 2005, Sister Grace Mary remained on campus counseling and supporting her students. Sr. Grace Mary holds the J.W. Carmichael Endowed Professorship. Her motto “only the best” is instilled in all her students. In 2007, she received the Wally Schwartz Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes for her dedicated work with student-athletes.

2009 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Bryan Bilyeu

Dr. Bryan Bilyeu

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Bilyeu earned his Ph.D. in Material Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Texas in 2003. His research derives from contemporary environmental issues as he explores new concepts of metal ion binding and reduction. Dr. Bilyeu has presented research at conferences for the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has articles appearing in many scholarly journals.

Dr. Cheryl Stevens

Dr. Cheryl Stevens

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Cheryl L. Klein Stevens earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in Physical Chemistry in 1982. She has served Xavier as Chair of the Chemistry Department, Program Director for the MBRS program, and has led research initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health – MBRS/SCORE Program. Dr. Stevens also mentored undergraduate research students on projects related to X-ray crystallography and molecular modeling.