Baldwin Baker University on Thursday will honor two longtime faculty members for their outstanding work.
The faculty members, Lowell Gish, professor and chair of the education department, and Dean Bevan, professor and chair of the English department, will be recognized for their contributions to the university at the annual Baker University Honors and Awards Convocation at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin.
The public in invited to the free event.
Gish will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award and Bevan will be given the Distinguished Scholarship Award.
Faculty award winners must meet a number of criteria after being nominated by either a fellow faculty member, staff member, alumnus or representative of a student organization.
GISH HAS taught at Baker for 27 years, serving most of that time as the chair of the education department. He has twice served as chair of the university's Social Sciences Division.
Gish also teaches in areas of special interest to him during the summer in Baker's graduate program. Those subjects include educational sociology, group processes and communication, futurism, psychology of humor, neuropsychology and learning.
Among Gish's prime interests is education for the poor. His work in that area helped establish the Cooperative Urban Teacher Education Program, for which Baker received national attention.
He has served as president of both the local and state chapters of the American Association of University Professors. He is the author of many works, most of which relate to mental health, and he recently was selected from among Baker's faculty to teach next fall at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.
A program at Harlaxton allows Baker to send professors abroad to teach.
BEVAN, WHO has taught at the university for 21 years, was Baker's first faculty member to teach at Harlaxton College in the fall of 1989. Bevan's primary teaching areas are English literature, creative writing and linguistics. He also has taught various interdisciplinary programs at Baker.
Bevan's interests in English literature are diverse and his specialties include poetry, Bernard Shaw, Chaucer and Irish Literature. He has taught in Baker's graduate programs since 1975 and has led four travel interterms to England and Ireland, as well as a Caribbean sailing internship in 1989.
Bevan has published articles and reviews in various journals, and in 1987 presented a paper on Shaw's "St. Joan" at the 22nd International Congress on Medieval Studies.
He has held office in professional organizations including the Modern Language Assn. and the American Association of University Professors.
THE AWARDS program also will feature the academic achievements of several students and the induction of the first five members to the newly formed Faculty Hall of Fame.
Former professors to be inducted and their disciplines are Homer K. Ebright, arts and sciences; Benjamin A. Gessner, philosophy and psychology; Thelma R. Morreale, speech and theater; Charles S. Parmenter, geology and life sciences; and William C. Rice, music.