Sherry, the Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, was recognized for her outstanding record in teaching, research and scholarship. The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize one winner from each SEC school.
SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium and become their university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named in April, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and is recognized at the SEC Awards Dinner.
To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a candidate must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university, have achieved the rank of full professor, have a record of extraordinary teaching, and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.
Winners are selected by a committee of SEC provosts.
The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.
The 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients are:
- University of Alabama, Arunava Gupta, Distinguished University Research Professor of Chemistry
- University of Arkansas, Brian Gallini, professor of law
- Auburn University, James Barth, Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance
- University of Florida, George Christou, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
- University of Georgia, Roberto Docampo, Distinguished Research Professor of Cellular Biology
- University of Kentucky, T. John Balk, William T. Bryan Professor of Materials Engineering
- Louisiana State University, Susanne Brenner, Nicholson Professor of Mathematics
- University of Mississippi, Dale Flesher, professor of accountancy
- Mississippi State University, Janice Chambers, Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Missouri, James Birchler, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
- University of South Carolina, David Shields, Carolina Distinguished Professor of English
- University of Tennessee, Suzanne Lenhart, Chancellor’s Professor of Mathematics
- Texas A&M University, David Bergbreiter, Regents Professor of Chemistry
- Vanderbilt University, Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law