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Dr. Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

The Dr. Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award is named for the University’s fifth president. It has recognized faculty commitment to teaching and innovation since 1992.

Sarah Young

Associate Professor of Architecture and Design
College of the Arts

Associate Professor Sarah Young is a faculty member in the School of Architecture and Design. She earned the College of the Arts’ Rising Star Award. Her research interests include design pedagogy and design communications dealing with representation, writing and storytelling. She was a member of a team of researchers whose grand prize-winning “Coastal Caretaker” project was featured in an exhibit in Ankara, Turkey. Known as problem solver, Young is often the ‘go to’ academic whose planning, coordination, and collaboration strategies make her successful throughout the curriculum. She is described as hands-on and energetic. Her teaching and commitment to the student experience challenges students and faculty in ways that positively enhance both the teaching and architecture and design professions.


Dr. Philip Auter

Professor of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Hubert J. Bourgeois Professorship in Communications

Dr. Philip J. Auter holds the Hubert Bourgeois Endowed Professorship in Communication, and is graduate coordinator for the Department of Communication. He collaborated with American University in Cairo, Egypt, on “The Handbook of Research on Communication as an Agent of Change in the Modern Arab World.” Auter is planning a partnership for cross-cultural programming between the universities. He is past executive director of the American Communication Association. A respected teacher, mentor, and role model, Auter is an astute and articulate expert in the field of Communication. He is a highly proficient, innovative educator who has proven his commitment to educating students as productive members of a global society.