DATE:  January 26, 2006
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A&M-Corpus Christi Faculty Member Receives Regents Professor Award from The Texas A&M University System
Dr. Dorothy McClellan adds to her list of accolades

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi criminal justice professor Dr. Dorothy McClellan received the designation of Regents Professor for 2004-2005 from the Texas A&M University System. McClellan was one of 18 individuals who were designated either a Regents Professor or a Regents Fellow at a meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents today.               

The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 and Regents Fellows Award program in 1997 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. To date, 77 faculty members have been named Regents Professors and 51 agency professionals have been named Regents Fellows.

 “Dorothy McClellan exemplifies what we seek in our faculty,” said University President Flavius C. Killebrew. “She is a dedicated, student-focused scholar and a visionary who has often brought recognition to our institution. One of the guiding themes in our strategic plan is excellence, and she embodies that concept.”

Nominees must be full-time professors or senior-level professionals who have held that rank in the A&M System for at least five years and have produced a distinguished record of teaching, research or service. The chief executive officer of each university or agency nominates candidates for these designations. Nominations are reviewed by the chancellor, who then recommends them to the Board of Regents.

Since becoming a member of the faculty at A&M-Corpus Christi in 1987, McClellan has received numerous teaching awards, including the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship for Outstanding Teaching in Texas. She has authored dozens of scholarly articles on international justice issues and women in the criminal justice system. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, she spent 2002 to 2004 in Croatia lecturing at the University of Zagreb and interviewing survivors of battles and concentration camps from the recent war in the Balkans.
McClellan has lectured extensively in Europe, Russia, South Africa and the Balkans. She has directed the A&M-Corpus Christi Applied Experience Program for a dozen years, working with more than 40 criminal justice programs and agencies in the Coastal Bend region. In the summer of 2005, she organized. and hosted the First International Conference on Children’s Rights & Education for the 21st Century and is currently organizing the second international conference for the summer of 2006, bringing dignitaries, scholars and youth from around the world to the A&M-Corpus Christi campus. McClellan received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany. 

McClellan and the other recipients will be given a $9,000 stipend, a commemorative medallion and a certificate at a dinner in their honor.

Tzachi Samocha of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, who has a joint appointment with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was recognized as a Regents Fellow.