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Southern Miss Faculty Members Earn Distinguished Professor Honor PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Four veteran members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s faculty noted for their outstanding records of service, scholarship and leadership have earned the designation of University Distinguished Professor for 2009.

The recipients include Dr. Chang-Tseh Hsieh, the McCarty Distinguished Professor of Management Information Systems; Dr. Frances Karnes, professor of gifted education and director of the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies; Dr. Philip Kolin, professor of English and first Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor in the Humanities; and Dr. Frank Moore, professor and chairman of the Department of Biology and 2009 University Grand Marshal.

“These four gifted and dedicated members of our faculty have enriched the life of our university and advanced their respective fields with their commitment to their students and scholarly achievements,” said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. “Southern Miss is a better place because of them.”

The group will be recognized during the university’s annual Fall Convocation program.

University Distinguished Professor is the highest honor bestowed upon the professorate. Candidates for this distinction must have held the rank of professor at least five years prior to nomination by their departments. Recipients gain release time for scholarly pursuits and a monetary award.

“They’ve made a positive impact on generations of students and served the university and their communities in a wide variety of leadership roles, using their talents, expertise and passion to improve the quality of life of our state, region and world,” said Southern Miss Provost Bob Lyman.

Dr. Chang-Tseh Hseih
Dr. Hsieh came to Southern Miss in 1988 and has been appointed to the McCarty Distinguished Professor in Management Information Systems since 2001. He has served as editor of the Journal of International Technology and Information Management since 2002, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Intercultural Information Management and International Journal of Electronic Healthcare since 2005.

His areas of academic and professional expertise include database management, Internet commerce, e-commerce applications and decision support systems. He has extensive working experience with enterprise information systems design and development and has engineered several e-commerce deployment projects.

He is the recipient of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute Instructional Innovation Award in 2001; the BellSouth Excellent Teaching Award in 2003; and the SWDSI Distinguished Educator award in 2009.  He has also serviced as president of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (2006-2007) and president of the International Information Management Association (2007-2008), and program chair of various professional associations.

Hsieh has been published in the Journal of Financial Research; Journal of Systems Management; Journal of Computer Information Systems; Journal of End User Computing; Journal of Information Technology; Journal of Information Systems Management; and the Industrial Management and Data Systems, and received the Certificate of Merit, Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, in 2002 as well as Literati Club, 2003 Award for Excellence, Industrial Management and Data Systems, Outstanding Paper.

Dr. Frances Karnes
Dr. Karnes joined the university in 1973 as a professor in its Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education. She founded the Center for Gifted Studies in 1979, which has furthered the education of thousands of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and service and academic and leadership enrichment programs.

Named for its founder in 1999, the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies also provides support for teachers of the gifted and their families. Under her leadership, the Center has secured five federal grants in the last five years.

Karnes has collaborated with many of her current and former graduate students in publishing approximately 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and 44 books on gifted education, and has been a prominent advocate for legislation benefiting gifted education in Mississippi and across the nation.

Her graduate students have gone on to work in academia and the public and private sectors to advance her vision for gifted education across the country and around the globe through teaching, research, advocacy and policy formation.

Dr. Philip Kolin
Dr. Kolin has been a member of the university’s faculty for 35 years and is regarded as an international authority on the work of Tennessee Williams and Adrienne Kennedy. For about the last 10 years, he has had a major book or article published on Williams and his Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia, which debuted at the Kennedy Center, has been translated into Japanese. He is also an expert on the works of William Shakespeare and serves as general editor of the Routledge Shakespeare Criticism Series.

He has 40 books and about 200 scholarly articles to his credit. In 2009 the ninth edition of his widely respected textbook, Successful Writing at Work, was released. He was guest editor for the summer 2008 issue of the university’s Southern Quarterly on The Legacy of Emmett Till.

More than 100 of Kolin’s poems have also been published or are forthcoming in such magazines as the Michigan Quarterly Review; Christianity and Literature; Louisiana Literature; Blue Collar Review; Anglican Theological Review; Theology Today (Princeton); and South Carolina Review. He authored a book of poetry, Deep Wonder, which won an award from the Catholic Press Association, and co-edited the anthology Hurricane Blues: Poems About Katrina and Rita.

Dr. Frank Moore
Dr. Moore came to Southern Miss in 1979. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, former associate editor for The Auk (North American Journal of Ornithology); a member of the editorial boards for the Southeastern Naturalist and the Journal of Ornithology; a member of the board of directors of the Cooper Ornithological Society; a member of the scientific advisory board for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory; and former member of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy Mississippi.  
His students have studied the ecology, behavior and physiology of migratory birds at several locations in North America as well as sites in Italy, Sweden and Honduras. Their work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA Forest Service, the National Park Service, the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense and the Nature Conservancy.
Moore has authored or co-authored more than 90 professional research publications and made numerous research presentations at professional seminars and conferences. His honors from Southern Miss include the T.W. Bennett Jr. Distinguished Professorship from 1995-97; the Innovation Award for Basic Research in 2004; the Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2005 from the College of Science and Technology; and the State Institutions for Higher Learning’s 2008 Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE).

Southern Miss faculty members earning the designation of University Distinguished Professor in 2009 include, from left: Dr. Chang-Tse Hseih; Dr. Frances Karnes; Dr. Frank Moore; and Dr. Philip Kolin. (Southern Miss photo by Danny Rawls)

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