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Lyons, Mashhour, Overbey notch liberal arts faculty awards

| June 24, 2016

Dean Thomas Davis, Professor Tim Lyons, Lecturer Amira Mashhour, Associate Faculty Steven Overbey, Faculty Assembly President David Bivin

Three School of Liberal Arts faculty members have been recognized for their work with 2016 Outstanding Distinguished Faculty Awards. The awards recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years. The faculty assembly’s faculty affairs committee selected this year’s winners from among those nominated.

Outstanding tenure-track faculty award

Timothy Lyons
Chair of philosophy and associate professor

Professor Lyons focuses on scientific realism. His research endeavors include a £250,000 research grant on the topic “The challenge to scientific realism from the history of science” from the United Kingdom-based Arts and Humanities Research Council. The grant has allowed Lyons and his research partner, Durham University’s Peter Vickers, to collaborate with a number of world-renowned figures from the philosophy of science community. His work also has been published in some of the most important journals in the field, such as Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. As a professor, Lyons challenges his students and draws them into research at a professional level. Beyond the classroom, he is praised by his colleagues for his leadership as Department of Philosophy chair and his service to the campus.

Outstanding lecturer

Amira Mashhour
Lecturer in Arabic and director of the Arabic program

Amira Mashhour has taught in the School of Liberal Arts since 1991 in various faculty roles. She first served the school as associate faculty in economics (1991-1999), French (1992-2001), anthropology (2003-2010), women's studies (2003-2010), and Arabic (2002-2010), then as visiting lecturer (2010-2011). Since 2011, she has been lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the first director of the program in Arabic. As a mentor to students in the individualized majors program, she helps students create a major that crosses disciplinary boundaries, using her knowledge of faculty members and relevant courses in the School of Liberal Arts and other IUPUI schools. Beyond IUPUI, she has organized an exhibition in Washington D.C., that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Society of North America. She also participated in Gaza 2050, a collaboration between IUPUI and Gaza University. She is also a liaison between IUPUI and the community, particularly the Islamic community.

Outstanding associate faculty member

Steven Overbey
Communication studies associate faculty

An associate faculty member since 2001, Steven Overbey has taught fundamentals of speech communication, introduction to interpersonal communication, and business and professional communication. He also teaches in the “Upward Bound” program, through which high school students earn dual credit. Overbey also serves as a mentor in the Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) program, where he has successfully mentored more than ten at-risk students, thereby helping IUPUI realize its goals of improving persistence and retention of at-risk populations. Overbey has earned the Gateway Teaching Academy's bronze and silver awards as well as Themed Learning Communities certificates and awards. He regularly participates in Gateway trainings and other professional development opportunities on campus.