Four COPE faculty recognized

Dunlap, Keeley, Myers and Dutton earn faculty awards

March 29, 2022 — DENTON — Four faculty members represent the College of Professional Education in the 2022 TWU faculty and staff awards. Karen Dunlap, EdD, Randa Keeley, PhD, Aimée Myers, PhD, and Catherine Dutton, PhD, will be recognized in the university’s Founders Day festivities at 3 p.m., April 6, in the auditorium of the Student Union at Hubbard Hall. The celebration also will be available via livestream.

Dunlap, a professor in the Department of Teacher Education, is the prestigious Cornaro Award winner while Keeley, an assistant professor in Teacher Education, is recognized with the Mary Mason Lyon Award for Distinguished Junior Faculty.

Myers, also an assistant professor in Teacher Education, is the Distinction in Service Award winner, and Dutton, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development, Family Studies & Counseling, is recognized with the Distinction in Teaching Award.

Blessed and humbled by the award, Dunlap said, “I work with a great team, one that consistently offers support and encouragement. To me, it’s not about the individual award. Instead, it’s a tribute to all who have impacted my life and contributed to who I am.”

“It feels wonderful to be recognized this year,” Keeley said. “What is most special is that the nomination came from my colleagues, and it is so wonderful to work with so many amazing, supportive people here at TWU.”

Myers started the COPE Clothing Closet and the Latinx Juntos Membership Program as services for students. In addition to expressing thanks to administrators and colleagues who supported the initiatives, Myers also said, “Being able to serve our student community has been a highlight of my career. I remember being in their shoes. I remember just wanting some extra support and to be seen. I know our students are worth every ounce of energy and time we can give them.”

Her mother, who inspired Myers with her own generous heart, will receive the award on behalf of Myers who will be at a conference.

“Each of these awards is a wonderful recognition of the contributions to the TWU mission made by our faculty in the College of Professional Education,” said Dean Lisa Huffman, PhD. “I am proud to be counted as a member of COPE.”


About the awards

The Cornaro Award was established in 1978 and is presented annually to recognize an outstanding Texas Woman’s University faculty member for excellence in teaching, scholarship and achievement and in appreciation for service to TWU. Named in honor of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro de la Piscopia, the first woman to receive a doctoral degree (University of Padua, 1678), the award winner must have 10 years or more of service to TWU.

The Mary Mason Lyon Award for Distinguished Junior Faculty is named for the founder of Mount Holyoke, the first woman’s college in the U.S. (1837). Two Mary Mason Lyon Awards are presented annually to recognize individuals among the TWU junior faculty who are developing excellent records of teaching, research, and service and who evidence dedication to their careers and promise for success in the future. The award requires at least three years but no more than seven years at TWU.

The Distinction in Service Award is presented to TWU faculty developing distinguished records of service to their component, the university, their professional field of study, and/or the community. It requires three years or more of service to TWU.

The Distinction in Teaching Award is presented to TWU faculty with distinguished records of teaching and who have shown dedication to improving their teaching and the learning of their students. It requires three years or more of service to TWU.

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