JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 24, 2018) – The Southern Conference office named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team earlier this semester, with two representatives each from all 10 member schools being recognized by the league. At ETSU, Libby Tipton and Dr. Allan Forsman were recognized for their efforts on campus and will be honored at the Bucs’ men’s basketball game tonight with Mercer.
While the selections were left up to each institution’s discretion, the recipients all shared the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are being recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.
The faculty and staff recipients include: The Citadel’s Dr. Robert J. “Bob” Riggle and Kate Brown; ETSU’s Dr. Allan Forsman and Libby Tipton; Furman’s Dr. Danielle Vinson and Mickey McCauley; Mercer’s Dr. Geoffrey M. “Jeff” Ngene and Allie Ware; UNCG’s Dr. Jaqueline DeBrew and Dr. Cherry Callahan; Samford’s Dr. Jonathan Davis and Glenda Martin; Chattanooga’s Dr. Valerie Rutledge and Emily Quinn; VMI’s Lt. Col. Wakeel Idewu and Evan Simmons; Western Carolina’s Dr. Winford “Windy” Gordon and Beth Moore; and Wofford’s Dr. Jim Neighbors and Brian Lemere.
Each member of the All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team will be presented a plaque and honored at a home basketball game at his or her institution.
Bios for both Forsman and Tipton can be found below:
Dr. Allan Forsman, ETSU
Dr. Allan Forsman joined the faculty at ETSU in 1998 and is currently a professor in the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Public Health. His main duties include teaching upper-division human anatomy courses and lower-division anatomy & physiology courses. He is also the honors in discipline coordinator for the department. He has served on many committees during his tenure at ETSU, including the faculty senate. Forsman has been serving as the College of Public Health e-learning liaison and assists faculty in developing and teaching online courses. Forsman is known not only for his work at ETSU, but also for the anatomy and physiology podcasts he created for iTunesU that students from all over the world have downloaded. In one week, his podcasts were downloaded 65,000 times.
Libby Tipton, ETSU
Libby Tipton, a professional sign language interpreter, is the interpreter coordinator at ETSU, where she works with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. She also conducts seminars, interpreter training and teaching institutes on deaf culture and sign language interpreting. Her work extends into the community, where she is the president of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, a member of the Volunteer State Tellers, and serves on the Executive Board of the Healing Story Alliance. She is the district representative for the Northeast region of Tennessee Interpreters for the Deaf and is currently serving on a statewide committee that is working on licensure legislation for sign language interpreters in Tennessee.