Sample Emeritus Resolution

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Resolution

Approving Appointment of Carl E. McFarland, Jr., Ph.D., as Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychology

          WHEREAS, in special recognition of distinguished service to The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine, UAB wishes to acknowledge Carl E. McFarland, Jr., Ph.D., by appointing him as Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychology; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Honors in 1971 from the University of Kansas, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1975 in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology from 1978 to 1982; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland served for twenty-six years as Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of Psychology from 1982 to 2008; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland, during his tenure as Chair of the Department, increased the number of faculty from 13 to 35, increased the amount of federal research funding from $200,000 to a high of $11 million, and subsequently the department was ranked No. 3 in the nation by NSF; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland, during his tenure as Chair of the Department, nominated four Psychology faculty members for the Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction and who were all awarded; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland has consistently demonstrated his passion for teaching and dedication to students, and has ultimately served as an invaluable and influential mentor to students; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland has provided leadership for the department in truly extraordinary ways and led the department, that was essentially focused only on teaching in the 1980’s, into the nationally and internationally recognized group of health-related psychological scientists that comprise the department today; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland received the Outstanding Instructor Award in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences for 13 consecutive years (1979 - 1992); and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland received the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching in 1980 and 1988; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland received the Presidential Teaching Award in 1997 and 2000; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland served on the Executive Council of the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center from 2004-2008; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland is the Co-Founder of the UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Major; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland served as Co-Director of the UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Major within the Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology since the inception of the major; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland has a strong devotion for the Kansas Jayhawks and a true love of baseball as he rallied in the role of manager of the early Psychology Intramural Softball Team referred to as ‘Geopsychology,’ for many years and then led them to a championship; and

          WHEREAS, Dr. McFarland has a deep love for his family and especially his three children -- Nathan, Graeme and Molly, who literally all grew up in the Department of Psychology taking their naps under his desk;

          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama that it approves appointment of Carl E. McFarland, Jr., Ph.D., as Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board herein extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. McFarland for his dedication and service to The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and to the people of this state and nation.

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution is spread upon the permanent minutes of this Board and that copies are given to Dr. McFarland and to members of his family, and to other appropriate University officials.