2017 Excellence Awards winners

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2017 Excellence Awards winners

May 09, 2017, Jeanette Johnson

Steven TaylorCongratulations to Steven Taylor, Academic Advisor receives the 2017 COEHS Administrative Professional Staff Excellence Award!

Steven M. Taylor, comes to Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a background in academic support and financial literacy. Steven is responsible for the advisement of Social Work majors. Prior to joining Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Steven served as the Coordinator of University Tutorial Services in the Office of Learning Assistance Programs at Southeast Missouri State University. He also held positions at Southeast Missouri State University in the Office of New Student Programs, TRIO/Student Support Services and Academic Support Centers. Steven earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. Steven is actively involved in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP).


Dr. Maria Claudia FrancaCongratulations to Dr. Maria Claudia Franca, Associate Professor receives the 2017 COEHS Scholar Excellence Award!

Dr. Franca an Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program. She holds a M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation with concentration in Communication Disorders from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Franca received the Rehabilitation Institute Teacher of the Year Award in 2016 and 2011, the College of Education and Human Services Faculty Excellence Award in 2012, the University Women's Professional Advancement and Women's Studies Award in 2009, and the Janet and David Stover Award in 2006, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Franca was the recipient of the Diversity Champion Award (2009) and the Minority Student Leadership Program Award (2006) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Prior to earning her doctorate degree in 2006, she worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings as a speech-language pathologist in Brazil. She has presented research results at state and national professional conferences including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention (ASHA), the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention (ISHA) and the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium. Dr. Franca has published journal articles and book chapters focusing on voice and multicultural issues. Her research agenda includes investigations about multicultural aspects of voice, vocal demands among professional voice users such as singers and teachers, effects of hydration and caffeine on voice, comparisons between objective, perceptual assessment of voice, and attitudes and beliefs towards diversity. Dr. Franca is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Voice Foundation, and the Brazilian Society of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.


Dr. Sosanya JonesCongratulations to Dr. Sosanya Jones who receives the 2017 COEHS Early Career Faculty Excellence Award!

Dr. Jones has more than fifteen years of experience in higher education administration, teaching, and research. Her experiences as an institutional and state administrator who oversaw higher education diversity and retention initiatives inspires her scholarship and teaching.  In her research, teaching, and service, Dr. Jones seeks to raise critical questions and deepen understanding about the nexus between international, national, and institutional policy and practice aimed at increasing access, retention, and inclusion for historically underrepresented students of color. As a qualitative researcher, she draws upon the practical knowledge and voices of policymakers, institutional leaders, and diversity practitioners to spark reflection and action that will improve and expand support for diversity and inclusion efforts. A former research consultant for The Ford Foundation and The Community College Research Center, Dr. Jones currently serves as an expert adviser for the Southern Education Foundation on issues related to equity and performance funding.


Dr. Taeho YohCongratulations to Dr. Taeho Yoh, Professor receives the 2017 COEHS Outstanding Teaching (Tenured, Tenure-Track) Excellence Award!

Dr. Taeho Yoh is an Professor of Sport Management and Program Director for Sport Administration.His research interests lie in various aspects of sport marketing, particularly in the areas of cause-related sport marketing as corporate social responsibility, sport consumer behavior, and sport marketing for NPOs.

Dr Yoh’s primary teaching duties at the undergraduate level include coursework required for sport administration, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport (KIN 364) and Internship (KIN 455). At the graduate level, Dr. Yoh teaches Foundations of Sport Management (KIN 503), Sport Promotions (KIN 540), Legal Aspects of Sport (KIN 550), and Internship in Sport Management (KIN 555).

He has served his profession as a member of the diversity committee at North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). He has reviewed for multiple journals and conferences, including International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Management, AAHPERD, Sport Marketing Association.

April TeskeCongratulations to April Teske who receives the 2017 COEHS Outstanding Teaching (Non-tenure track) Excellence Award!


April (Haar) Teske, Assessment Coordinator

M.Ed., Southern Illinois University, 2005
April coordinates the assessment systems for all teacher education programs. She also serves as the LiveText and edTPA coordinator, and is an instructor in the EDUC core courses.