Claire Ballor, Staff Writer
For almost three decades, the University of Dallas has recognized exceptional faculty achievements by awarding the King and Haggar Fellow awards, most recently adding Drs. Sally Hicks and Andrew Osborn to the list of recipients.
The King Fellow award, which is voted on every year by the UD faculty themselves, is given to a faculty member who has taught for a minimum of eight years and who has significantly contributed to the academic community.
Hicks, from the physics department, easily matched these requirements with the innumerable research opportunities she has provided the physics community on campus and the dedication she has shown to her students.
“I consider it a great honor to have won the 2012-2013 King Fellow Award, and I thank my colleagues who wrote the nomination letter, and who chose me as the recipient,” Hicks said.
“The winning of the King Fellow Award instantly caused a wave of nostalgia to wash over me, as I thought of all the wonderful students I have taught in the last 25 years and of all the incredibly dedicated people who have been my colleagues.”
It is an ever-present readiness to serve that has made Dr. Hicks a beloved co-worker and mentor not only in the physics department, but also in the UD community as a whole.
“If anything drives me, it’s the students,” Hicks said. “I am trying to fulfill what I believe is an important part of my job, and that is service.”
Similar to the King Fellow award, the Haggar award is given to the faculty member who has taught no more than eight years, but who has also proven to be an essential part of the UD community and an excellent educator.
Osborn, a beloved English professor and accomplished poet, received this year’s Haggar Fellow award. Osborn has been in Rome for the past several semesters, but he was still a clear candidate.
“Receiving the Haggar Fellow Award was a big surprise and a great honor. So many of my colleagues at the University of Dallas are devoted, inspiring professors that it seems improbable to have been singled out for recognition.
“But of course I have not been singled out, for what makes the award especially meaningful is the fact that people like Karl Maurer and Marcy Brown Marsden and Scott Crider have received it in previous years.”
Osborn is known for the passion with which he teaches English literature, as well as the literary passion he is able to evoke from his students, both of which are products of a great appreciation for the subject.
He says that he finds the value in literature and in teaching English in the fact that “the more you engage great literature, the better you will know, and presumably care about, humankind.”
Osborn reflected, “I aim to help students lead themselves out of their merely habitual, inherited selves into a condition of character-building.”