Middle Tennessee State University faculty and staff have received a number of external recognitions this spring. Here’s a roundup of some of those achievements:
ANANTH EARNS 2019 SEATJ TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Dr. Priya Ananth, an associate professor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at MTSU, was awarded the 2019 SEATJ Teacher of the Year Award by the Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese, or SEATJ.
The award was presented at the 34th SEATJ Conference on March 2 at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
A quote from the award letter noted: “We are impressed with your dedication to your students and the advocacy for Japanese studies at MTSU. We are also very thankful for your leadership and contributions in the field, not only at SEATJ but also at the national level.”
EAVES PRESENTED TWO AWARDS BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY ASSOCIATION
LaToya Eaves, an assistant professor in Global Studies and Human Geography at MTSU, was recognized with two honors this spring at the American Association of Geographers annual luncheon in Washington, D.C.
The AAG is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups.
Eaves was presented the Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors award as well as the AAG Enhancing Diversity Award.
AAG Honors are the highest awards offered by the association. They are offered annually to recognize outstanding accomplishments by members in research and scholarship, teaching, education, service to the discipline, public service outside academe and for lifetime achievement.
Although the AAG and its specialty groups make other important awards, AAG Honors remains among the most prestigious awards in American geography and have been awarded since 1951, according to the AAG website. Nominations are invited from individual AAG members, specialty groups, affinity groups, departments, and other interested parties.
The AAG Enhancing Diversity Award honors those geographers who have pioneered efforts toward or actively participated in efforts toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the course of several years.
The AAG noted that Eaves “has worked to bring emancipatory geography to the forefront through institutional advocacy, mentorship, community engagement, and intellectual production. Her scholarship engages and informs racial, gendered, and sexual dimensions of identity and politics.
“She is widely applauded for her commitment to establish the AAG Black Geographies Specialty Group, and for her support of other under-represented groups of geographers. Her dedication to the discipline and the AAG has inspired many graduate students and faculty to engage in Black Geographies thought, and is also influencing some departments to seek out scholars whose research involves Black Geographies.”
LOGAN NAMED TO EMERGENCY DIRECTOR’S POST FOR CAP TENN. WING
Terry Logan, emergency operations manager at MTSU, has been named emergency services director of the Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
As emergency services director, Logan, will be responsible for coordinating the emergency response activities for the Tennessee Wing of CAP, an auxiliary unit of the U.S. Air Force best known for its aerial search and rescue missions, cadet program and commitment to aerospace education.
Logan said he will be responsible for emergency operations training, command and control exercise planning and mission planning.
“This is an honor,” he said. “It’s kind of broad and every day is different.”
Logan has a long history with CAP, starting out at age 14 as a cadet. He later served on mission staff coordinating ground and air activity and has been a team leader and an aerial observer. He still teaches each summer on staff at the Hawk Mountain Ranger School in Pennsylvania.
Logan noted that CAP’s core values of integrity, respect, excellence and volunteer service is “something we teach the cadets, and the senior members as well, all through the program.”
“Where it benefitted me personally, at a difficult time when I was in high school, it provided something that was bigger that was bigger than I am, something that I could be a part of that was actually meaningful,” he said.
FRANKLIN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BLACK POLITICAL SCIENCE GROUP
Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at MTSU, was installed this spring as the 40thpresident of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.
Now in its 50thyear, the organization advocates and celebrates research, mentorship, community engagement and teaching in the political science field. In a letter to members on the organization’s website, Franklin said that the NCOBPS has been the conscience of the political science discipline.
“Our organization has critically challenged institutional racism (and other systemic inequities) inside and outside the academy; bridged the divide between mainstream institutions and historically black colleges and universities; … hosted the nation’s leading elected officials, civil rights leaders and activists at our annual conferences; and provided pathways for graduate students and junior faculty to successfully navigate the difficult terrains of the academy.”
Franklin said the organization’s work “can advance a prophetic race scholarship that addresses the multifaceted black predicament.”
In recent years, the organization has issued public statements of solidarity and support for victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre and the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which condemning the Trump administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Learn more at https://www.ncobps.org.
KEEL AMONG 2019 SOURCE NASHVILLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
SOURCE Nashville, a networking organization for women in the music industry, recently announced its seven newest honorees — including MTSU’s Recording Industry Chair Beverly Keel— who will be inducted into the SOURCE Hall of Fame in August.
The 2019 inductees are Sarah Brosmer, WMFD Radio, Ray Stevens Music, MusiVerse, a division of PolyGram, Compleat Records, MCA Records, Sony Records, Lytle Management; Gayle Hill, Epic Records, G Hill & Company, Sound City Tours; Keel, Nashville Banner, Polydor Records, American Profile, People magazine, Tennessean, UMG Nashville, MTSU; Grace Reinbold, World Wide Media, What A Trip! Inc., rockUnashville;
Judi Turner, Country Music Association, Network Ink, Turner & Company, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Leadership Music; Trisha Walker-Cunningham, Radio Luxembourg London, UK, MC Promotions London, UK, TWI, Trisha Walker International, Nashville, TN; Erika Wollam-Nichols, Greater Nashville Arts Foundation, Pro-Tours, NSAI, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, WPLN; Nashville Public Radio, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Amendment Center, The Bluebird Cafe.
Presented by Springer Mountain Farms, this year marks the 17th anniversary of the SOURCE Hall of Fame Awards. Set for Aug. 27 at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in the Historic Municipal Auditorium, the annual awards show will honor and induct a select group of “Women Behind The Music” into the hall.
According to the organization, SOURCE Hall of Fame inductees are nominated and inducted based upon peer recommendations, biographies, accomplishments, reputation, the number of years each individual has worked within the entertainment industry, and level of community involvement.
UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT EARNS CALEA ACCREDITATION
The Middle Tennessee State University Police Departmenthas been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Huntsville, Alabama.
Nationally, there were 706 total law enforcement agencies to have been awarded law enforcement accreditation by CALEA in 2018, with 75 of them being university/college law enforcement agencies.
Led by Chief Buddy Peaster, the MTSU Police Department is now one of only three university police departments in the state of Tennessee to achieve this elite status (UT–Knoxville Police Department and Vanderbilt University Public Safety being the others). Kristen M. Smalleyis the MTSU Police Department’s accreditation manager.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
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