Previous Winners

Previous Winners

2014- Joelle Pitts

Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian, was honored as this year’s recipient of the Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty Award. Annually, the award recognizes outstanding librarianship and superior accomplishments among the K-State Libraries faculty. 

Joelle’s current research interests include the creation of digital learning environments and objects to support library instruction and reference. She leads the New Literacy Alliance (NLA), a consortia of Kansas university libraries working together to construct “flipped classroom” online environments for high-impact undergraduate courses. She received her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and a master's in library science from Emporia State University. 

Nominees for the Hobrock Award are evaluated based on their professional activities during the last two years. Joelle’s nominator indicated that her “commitment to the K-State faculty, staff and students stands out in her role creating the ‘Ready Player One’ alternate reality game and her collaborative efforts with the K-State Salina librarians.”

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.


2015 - Michelle Turvye-Welch
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: 03/31/2015