Retiring professors honored for service to the University
The UTC Faculty Senate and the entire campus community recognizes the following retiring faculty members for their outstanding service to the University:
John Alvis, Accounting and Finance
Craig Barrow, English
Marvin Ernst, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management
P. K. Geevarghese, Sociology, Anthropology and Geography
Anne Johnson, Human Ecology
Edgar Shawen, English
Sue Stacy, Management
Dr. John M. Alvis, CPA and George M. Clark Professor of Accounting, joined the UTC faculty in 1984. He was the recipient of the Sam M. Walton “Free Enterprise Fellowship,” awarded by the Students in Free Enterprise. He was named Outstanding Teacher by the College of Business, and Outstanding Accounting Teacher by the Eta Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Fraternity. The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded Alvis “Article of the Year” in 1997. Alvis earned a B.S. in Accounting from Jacksonville State University; he received the M.A. in Accounting from the University of Alabama; and he received the Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas with major emphasis in accounting. Alvis is a member of the Tennessee Society of Accounting Educators, Financial Executives International, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, and Beta Alpha Psi. He is serving on the University Faculty Senate. He has held numerous positions with professional organizations, such as president and treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Society of Accounting Educators and a board member of the Financial Executive International Chattanooga Chapter.
Dr. Craig Barrow, George Connor Centennial Professor in American Literature, has had a career of 36 years at UTC. Barrow earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English from University of Chicago, and the Ph.D. in English from University of Colorado. While Barrow has served on many committees at UTC, been president of Alpha and the local chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English, and chaired eight conventions, most of his work has been in teaching and research. He has received four teaching awards, two were at the University of Colorado and two at UTC, one from the SGA and the other last year from the College of Arts and Sciences. In his career at UTC, Barrow has taught nearly 40 different courses. He participated in many postdoctoral seminars run by the NEH at such schools as Dartmouth, Stanford, Northwestern, and California Berkeley as well as a number of Mellon seminars at Vanderbilt. Barrow is the author of over a hundred articles and essays, many reviews, the editor of two collections of essays, “Politics, Society, and the Humanities” and “Gender, Race, and Identity” along with a book on Joyce and film, “Montage in James Joyce’s Ulysses.” In 1985 he was elected to the UTC Council of Scholars, and in 1991 he received the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award.
Dr. Marvin Ernst, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management, earned the B.A. in Social Science. He received the master’s degree in sociology from the University of South Dakota, and the Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Gerontology at Oklahoma State University. Ernst became Associate Provost for UTC Graduate Studies, Research, and Program Evaluation and was appointed Professor of Human Services in 1987. In 1994, he returned to the classroom and has continued to teach and serve as coordinator of the Human Services Program. He agreed to serve on the MPA graduate faculty and assisted the MPA program to achieve national accreditation. Ernst chaired the committee that wrote the institutional self-study for SACS and served as Acting Head of the newly created School of Social and Community Services that housed the Human Services, Criminal Justice, and Social Work programs. He served seven years on the Faculty Senate, three as president.
Dr. P. K. Geevarghese, Sociology, Anthropology and Geography, has been a member of the UTC sociology and anthropology faculty since 1968. Throughout his professional career, Geevarghese’s areas of research have included theology, religious history, and economics. Geevarghese graduated with distinction from Leonard College in Jabalpur, India, with degrees in theology and organized social research. He earned the Highest Honor and the Award for Organized Social Research from the Leonard College Graduate School in 1958. He went on to earn a B.D. from Serampore University, West Bengal, India. Geevarghese also studied religious history at the Union Theological Seminary, New York City. In 1961, he earned an M.A. in sociology and anthropology from Miami University, Ohio. He was awarded the Ph.D. in sociology, anthropology, and agricultural economics from Ohio State University in 1961. His areas of publication and research have included the Time Dollar Concept and other economic developments. In 1988, St. Paul’s Mission Press published his book, A New Economic Order: A Revolutionary Plan to Eradicate Poverty from the World, which was later translated and republished in Malayalam. Articles written by Geevarghese have covered such topics as communism in India, changes in the caste system, the emergence of capitalism in the Third World, and the Indian Orthodox Church. During his tenure at UTC, he has taught in the areas of the sociology of religion, social and cultural change, and others.
Dr. Anne Johnson, Human Ecology, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chattanooga, she taught elementary students in an inner city Atlanta school. She later took a job in Winder, Georgia, and won a scholarship to take classes as part of a NDEA Institute. She enrolled at the University of Georgia, earning her M.Ed. in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education in 1967 and her Ed. D. in 1969. She joined the faculty of UTC in 1974 in Education. Since 1993, she has been in the Department of Human Ecology. Johnson has served as president of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children and also serves on the board of the Southern Early Childhood Education Association. The Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children has honored Johnson, as has the Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Education Society. She has conducted numerous workshops and conferences and is published extensively. Johnson received a sabbatical from UTC to work at Headquarters for the U.S. Air Force in Europe as a teacher trainer for the European Command. In the summer of 2004, she received a Fulbright to China.
Dr. Edgar Shawen, English, received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale. He joined the UTC faculty in 1970. He specializes in British Literature—especially early English drama and literature of the English renaissance—and Shakespeare, and he recently introduced a course in Japanese fiction. He has served as a pronouncer for Project READ and area spelling bees for many years. He was selected Outstanding Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences and just recently received the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award. Shawen has been a member of the Renaissance Society of America. He has been a presenter or moderator for many organizations, including the Southern Humanities Council and the Tennessee Philological Association.
Dr. Sue Stacy, Management, has published thirteen computer application texts with SouthWestern Publishing Company and West Publishing Company. She came to UTC in the fall semester of 1998 as a computer education consultant for the College of Business Administration. In that capacity she developed the course BMGT100 Computers in Business, which became a core requirement for business majors and also served as the computer literacy requirement for other university students. In 2000 she was hired as Professor of Management and has continued as a full-time faculty member since that time. Stacy is now ending forty two years of teaching. She received her Ph.D. at Georgia State University, her Master’s at the University of Missouri, and her undergraduate degree at Southeast Missouri State University. Along with her faculty duties, Stacy served alongside her husband, former Chancellor Bill Stacy. She initiated the Town and Gown Ball to benefit the UTC Classroom Enhancement Fund, raising nearly $100,000 for classroom furnishings.
May 8, 2006