KU announces Steeples awards for faculty contributions to Kansas

Faculty efforts on a statewide anti-bullying project and the preservation of archives from across Kansas have been recognized with the Steeples Service to Kansas Award, Kansas University announced Thursday.

Three faculty were honored this year for their contributions to the people of Kansas through teaching and research.

Paula Fite, associate professor of clinical child psychology with joint appointments in applied behavioral science and psychology, and Anne Williford, assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, were nominated together primarily for their work on the Kansans Against Bullying project, which provided resources to 144 school districts in the state.

Sherry Williams, curator of the Kansas Collection for the Spencer Research Library, has played a role in ensuring the preservation of records of historical value across the state. Her work includes documenting African-American communities across the state and — a federal grant and collaboration with the Department of African & African-American Studies — establishing the African-American Collecting Program, now in its 30th year.

Don Steeples, interim dean of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his wife, Tammy, established this award in 1997 to honor Don Steeples’ parents, Wally and Marie Steeples, and to recognize outstanding service by KU faculty to other Kansans. The award provides recipients with $1,000 and an additional $1,000 base adjustment to their salaries.