Previous Winners

Previous Winners

2013 - Regina Beard

Regina BeardRegina Beard, associate professor and Faculty and Graduate Services Librarian, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty Award. Her nominator indicated that Regina “has shown tireless dedication to her areas of responsibility and to the K-State community. She is a role model on this campus for her scholarly activities and humble nature.

Her commitment to collaboration and professional growth as well as her exceptional ability to teach graduate workshops has benefited many graduate students.” Regina was recognized at the Friends of the Libraries annual meeting in May. “It’s encouraging to be recognized by colleagues,” she said. “That acknowledgement provides the fuel to continue the work.”

Regina’s current research interests include international graduate student preparedness for the rigors of electronic research, and she is also a 2013-14 Fellow in the Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership and Career Development program.

2012 - Ellen Urton

Ellen UrtonEllen Urton, associate professor and Visual Literacy Librarian in the Undergraduate and Community Services department, was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty Award.

Ellen has made a tremendous impact on students and faculty, both directly through her activities and indirectly through the guidance and mentoring she has provided to her colleagues. Ellen has developed several strong, collaborative partnerships with faculty and has become embedded in several K-State courses. She is an exceptionally effective teacher, a bold thinker, and an extremely supportive and generous colleague.

As a teacher she challenges students to think more critically about the research process and does so in a way that both entertains and enlightens. Anyone who has the opportunity to observe her in front of a class, will sense a strong connection between her and the students. As a thinker, she focuses on ultimate goals and clearly envisions steps required to progress from current practice to ideal practice. Her commitment to collaboration and professional growth as well as her exceptional ability to teach make her very deserving of recognition. 

Ellen has been a member of the K-State Libraries faculty since 2004. She holds a BA from Augustana College and an MLS from the University of Missouri.

Additional Winners

2014 - Joelle Pitts
2013 - Regina Beard
2012 - Ellen Urton
2011 - Sara K Kearns
2010 - Alice Trussell
2009 - Marcia Stockham
2008 - Dale Askey
2007 - Beth Turtle
2006 - Gayle K. Willard
2005 - Mike Haddock
Last updated: 02/12/2015