University of Dubuque Announces 2020 Faculty Hall of Fame Inductees

Apr 30, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque announced today, Thursday, April 30, the recipients of the 2020 Faculty Hall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching and Advising.

Ken Turner Jr., associate professor of science education, received the 2020 John Knox Coit Prize. He was an adjunct for a few years at UD before he started as a full-time assistant professor in 2015.

The Rev. Beth McCaw, associate professor of ministry, received the 2020 William Lomax Award. She joined UD in 2004 as a seminary pastor to students. In 2017, McCaw became an associate professor.

“Professors Turner and McCaw are two of the best. They have good minds, are exceptional teachers, and, most importantly, they love students,” said University President Jeffrey F. Bullock. “We are so grateful at University of Dubuque to have a faculty of the caliber represented this year by Ken and Beth and to have trustees like Dick Svrluga who annually recognize exceptional teaching and advising.”

Inductees typically are announced, honored, and celebrated at the annual Faculty Hall of Fame dinner and award recognition event. However, this year’s formal event was postponed based off guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. The 2020 award recipients will be formally honored and recognized next spring at the Faculty Hall of Fame dinner and award recognition event at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

The Faculty Hall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching and Advising was established in 1995-96 by Richard “Dick” and Donna Svrluga to recognize the contributions and impact of faculty in the lives of students. Awards are named in honor of former distinguished faculty members John Knox Coit and William Lomax.

John Knox Coit Prize:
An integral member of the Philosophy Department from 1955-96, Coit was more than a teacher. He became a mentor and friend to his students. Known as a “man of wit,” he made a lasting impression on his students. Coit died in 1995 at the age of 79.

William L. Lomax Award:
Fondly remembered by his students who studied business, Lomax was smart, tough, fair, and fun. As a member of the Business Department from 1953-69, he influenced the lives of many students. Lomax died in 1986 at the age of 83.