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Faculty Recognition

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts is lead by a group of exemplary, award-winning, published and experienced faculty members. Our team is here to support you in every step of your journey at Tarleton State University. Join us in recognizing the featured faculty member, Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason and the recipients of the Tarleton's 2017 Faculty Awards for their dedicated service and accomplishments.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Helvie Mason

Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason

Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason encourages students to find and use their voices. She teaches and mentors with passion and a true belief in the importance of the study of communication and culture. Her research emphasizes communication within the culture of higher education, particularly focusing on how traditionally underrepresented populations navigate the culture of higher education. She most enjoys mentoring students. This interest fuels her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research as well as computer-mediated communication in and among the educational environment. She finds some of the most powerful learning moments are those where students are reflecting on culture, communication, and current events. A graduate of Purdue University and Ball State University, Helvie-Mason is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

2017 Faculty Awards

Join in congratulating our award winners for the 2017 Tarleton State University Faculty Awards.

O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Anderson

Dr. Robert Anderson

Robert Jack Anderson, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies was born and grew up in northern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of New Mexico, BA, University of San Diego, MA, and the University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. He taught at Washington State University from 1981-1983 where his short films played at festivals in Oberhausen, Germany, Hong Kong, Yugoslavia, and the United States. He directed and produced Press Kit which premiered at the Independent Feature Film Festival in New York City in 1984. He worked in Hollywood from 1985-1996 in various capacities at Twentieth Century Fox and Tri-Star Pictures. While in Los Angeles, he produced two studio pictures: Enid is Sleeping, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Another You. In 2006, he began teaching at Tarleton State University where he has created feature length study abroad documentaries on the Fine Arts, Nursing, Business, Spanish Language, Honors College and the Wildlife, Environmental Sciences, and Sustainability departments.

Barry B. Thompson Service Award

Dr. Karley Goen

Dr. Karley Goen

Dr. Karley Anne Goen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, started teaching at Tarleton State in the Fall of 2009 in the areas of Professional and Relational Communication and Public Relations and Event Management. Karley earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Baylor University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Tarleton State University. Her community service and civic involvement include the Texas Higher Education Board, Texas Social Media Research Institute, Legendary Weddings and Special Events, Omicron Delta Kappa Advideo Boy Scouts of America, Erath County 4-H, Tarleton Garden, Tarleton Food Pantry, Tarleton's Centennial Celebration Committee, Student Event Planners Association Advideo Sundown on the Square, Bygone Days on the Bosque, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County.

Outstanding Jr. Faculty

Dr. Kelly Lemmons

Dr. Kelly Lemmons

Dr. Kelly Kristopher Lemmons, professor for the Department of Social Sciences, is a geographer with a passion for teaching and researching world cultures, economics, and travel. He helped develop the Geography/GIS Major and the Geography Honor Society (Gamma Theta Upsilon) at Tarleton State University. He has published various articles on student learning outcomes, repeat photography, study abroad, and culture. A graduate of Brigham Young University, University of Massachusetts, and Texas A&M University, he is the proud father of three and mais orgulhoso of his wife, Ami. Dr. Lemmons is currently Assistant Professor of Geography and the Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Engaged Faculty

Dr. Cynthia McPherson

Dr. Cynthia McPherson

Cynthia McPherson of the Department of English and Languages holds a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. She has over 20 years of teaching, training, and editing experience. As a consultant and freelance editor, Dr. McPherson has worked with scientists, engineers, and program managers from government and commercial sectors. She currently teaches technical communication courses at Tarleton State University. Her research interests include principles and practices in editing workplace documents, underserved genres, and writing in and for the Department of Defense.

Faculty Excellence in Scholarship

Dr. Leslie Spotz

Dr. Leslie Spotz

Dr. Spotz is a Professor of Piano and a faculty member of the Department of Fine Arts at Tarleton since 2003. An accomplished concert artist and distinguished teacher of piano, she has raised the level of performance of piano students at Tarleton. She enjoys an extensive international performing career that spans four decades and four continents, including solo performances at Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the inaugural opening of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, Italy, solo recitals in New York City, Taiwan, Brazil, and several solo tours of Germany.  She received her BM from the Curtis Institute of Music, her MM from Temple University, and her DMA from Rutgers University.  Concert highlights include soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony and her performances of twenty Beethoven Sonatas. She has recorded two sets of five CDs each for the International Piano Performance Examination Committee.

Faculty Excellence in Student Success

Dr. Brian Walker

Dr. Brian Walker holding his trumpet

Holding degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, The Florida State University and the University of North Texas, Dr. Brian Walker has taught in the Department of Fine Arts at Tarleton State University for the past five years. His students have been awarded numerous accolades from the Department of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and from the community of Stephenville, TX. His trumpet ensembles have been featured performers at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and have been two-time semi-finalists at the National Trumpet Competition (2016, 2017). Former students of Dr. Walker currently hold positions in professional orchestras and premier military bands and have attended prestigious graduate music schools across the United States. Dedicated to the teaching profession, he has also had former students continue to impact students lives as successful music educators in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma.