TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama National Alumni Association announced the 2019 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.
This year’s honorees are Dr. Julianne Coleman, associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction, College of Education; Dr. Allen Linken, clinical assistant professor in the political science department, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Steven Ramey, professor in the department of religious studies and director of Asian studies, College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Edward J. Schnee, Hugh Culverhouse Professor of Accounting in the Culverhouse School of Accountancy, Culverhouse College of Business.
The National Alumni Association, along with UA President Stuart R. Bell, recognized the 2019 award recipients today at the Fall Campus Assembly in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. An awards presentation also occurs at the NorthRiver Yacht Club.
Dr. Julianne Coleman
Coleman joined UA in 2006 after earning her doctorate from the University of Virginia in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy. In 2012, she was promoted to associate professor of elementary literacy. Before beginning her doctoral work at the University of Virginia, she taught in the Fairfax County Public School System from 1999 to 2003, working with diverse Title I populations. She has worked with undergraduate students in the elementary education program and graduate students in the literacy, elementary and secondary education program areas in the department of curriculum and instruction.
Central to Coleman’s role as a literacy professor in elementary education is her work in the area of visual literacy and the comprehension of disciplinary texts. As a literacy scholar and educator, her research seeks to inform the field of literacy education how to best support children’s disciplinary reading practices, especially in science. Not only does Coleman publish in research publication outlets, she also values and understands the importance of translating her research into practice to improve literacy outcomes for children
In spring 2019, Coleman received the College of Education Ross Palmer Service Award to Students. This award honors those staff or faculty in the College of Education who exemplify outstanding service to the College. From 2013 to 2019, Coleman chaired the search committees for both the literacy and elementary education programs.
Dr. Allen Linken
Linken joined UA’s Honors College in 2014 and the political science department in 2016. Before UA, Linken received a commission in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, where he has served on active duty and in the Naval Reserve, in the United States and abroad, since 2005. Linken holds the rank of commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
His research focuses on civil-military relations, including the gap between civil society and military groups. His research and analyses have published in academic presses and respected blogs. He has served as chair and discussant of multiple panels at professional conferences and is writing his first book.
In 2019, Linken was selected as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences, and, in 2018, Linken received a College of Arts and Sciences Research Award. Linken was also recognized in 2016 with the Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Jr. Award, which is given to the best junior officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps. He serves as the faculty adviser and coach to the UA Mock Trial Association and its nationally ranked teams, and he is the faculty adviser to the Pre-Law Student Association.
Dr. Steven Ramey
Ramey came to UA in 2006. He specialized in the contemporary religions and identifications in India for his doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and he uses topics related to religions of Asia to encourage students to think critically about the constructions of difference and the representations of others. His teaching objectives draw on and enhance his research that emphasizes the complexity of identifications, considering how people represent themselves and others in relation to contemporary interests and practices. His primary research in India focused on a community that identifies as Hindu and traces their heritage to Sindh, a region now in Pakistan
He was selected to serve on the leadership team for the 2019–20 Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates at the Wabash Center in Indiana. He has published three books and written numerous chapters and articles in international journals. Ramey is serving on the research grants committee, the graduate studies committee in religious studies and the steering committee for the American Examples workshops, among other committee positions at UA. Since 2013, he has served as the pedagogy mentor for junior faculty in the department of religious studies
Dr. Edward J. Schnee
Schnee has taught at The University of Alabama since 1982 and is the director of the master of tax accounting program. Schnee’s research specializes in taxation. His articles have published in the Journal of Taxation, Tax Adviser and Tax Notes, as well as additional journals. His 2016 Tax Adviser article was selected as the best article that year.
He was awarded the American Taxation Association Outstanding Service Award in 2004 and the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Education Award in 2011. He also received the Culverhouse College of Business Board of Visitors Teaching Achievement Award in 2018. In addition, Schnee has served as the chair of the Culverhouse College of Business’ Faculty Executive Board since 2011 and was president of the American Taxation Association and the editor of the ATA Journal of Federal Tax Research.
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