PLAINVIEW - Dr. Estelle Owens and Dr. Don Cook, longtime professors at Wayland Baptist University, were honored Wednesday with the Maloney Faculty Award, presented during the university's annual Heritage Chapel.
Established by WBU-Phoenix faculty member Dr. Mary Maloney, the award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their academic leadership and excellence, Christian commitment and contributions to the lives of students. It carries with it a monetary award as well.
A 1971 graduate of Wayland, Owens returned to her alma mater to teach in 1974 after earning a master's degree in history from Baylor University. She earned her doctorate in history from Auburn University and is the chair of the Division of Social Sciences and professor of history. She has received many faculty and university awards during her career for teaching and scholarship. She was selected three times by her faculty peers as Wayland's nominee for the Piper Professor award, and presents many papers and presentations in her field for civic and study clubs as well as professional organizations. She is also the official university historian at Wayland.
A member of the Wayland faculty since 1964, Cook served as chairman of the Division of Languages and Literature for 33 years. He has held the rank of professor of English for more than 20 years and, for the past 12 years, has held the Louise Joachim Endowed professorship in literature. He has served in several leadership capacities at the university, won numerous awards and honors and was selected twice as Wayland's Piper Professor nominee. He holds a bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a master's degree from the University of Texas and a doctorate from Texas Tech University.
In presenting the award, Dr. Glenn Saul, vice president for academic and graduate services at Wayland, said, "Dr. Cook has written, published, edited, advised, consulted, presented and sponsored - all with distinction and grace. Dr. Owens has written, published, edited, advised, consulted, presented and served - with humility and, I might add, a bit of flair. Her long list of accomplishments would make most of us proud, but she continues to model a servant lifestyle."