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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.

Sara Birk

Associate Professor of Theatre
College of the Arts

Coca-Cola BORSF Endowed Professorship in Performing Arts

Birk holds the Coca-Cola/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Performing Arts. She has been recognized as an Outstanding Academic Advisor several times. Birk is area coordinator for the School of Music and Performing Arts’ theater program. She also directs, provides vocal coaching and acts for University productions. Her direction of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” earned Birk a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VI.


Dr. Terrence "Terry" Chambers

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

Donald & Janice Mosing BORSF Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Chambers holds the Donald and Janice Mosing Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering. His research of solar and renewable energies was a driving force in the development of the Cleco Alternative Energy Center in Crowley, La., and the Photovoltaic Applied Research and Testing Lab, a solar farm at University Research Park in Lafayette. Chambers’ other research expertise includes engineering design, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and genetic algorithms.