UC Riverside Academic Senate

2008–09 Distinguished Campus Service Award Recipients

Eric Barr

Eric Barr

Eric Barr
Professor Emeritus
Theatre, Film & Digital Production

Professor Barr has a long history of extraordinary service and dedication to his department and the UCR campus at large. His service to UCR spans approximately three decades and is distinguished by a series of exceptional achievements. He has served as chair of the Department of Theatre for 29 years, increasing the size of the faculty by 300%. Dr. Barr was also instrumental in establishing two interdisciplinary graduate programs in cooperation with Professor Susan Straight. The first was a Writing for the Performing Arts degree program, which was the first of its kind in the UC System. The second was the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at the Palm Desert campus. Collectively, these programs now have over 35 graduate students enrolled.

In addition he has accumulated an impressive history of important committee assignments and contributions to the UCR community. These include the directorship of the UCR Arts-Bridge Program as well as directing numerous theater productions.

The letters of nomination for Professor Barr all stressed his unwavering commitment to the faculty and students in the Theatre Department, his boundless energy and unflagging determination to build this program even in sometimes difficult circumstances, and the high level of trust he has engendered in his colleagues. All of his nominators make clear that Professor Barr's dedication and service to UCR have been truly extraordinary.

Carol Lovatt

Carol J. Lovatt

Carol J. Lovatt
Professor of the Graduate Division
Botany and Plant Sciences

Professor Lovatt has a history of extensive service and dedication to her department,the college, and the Academic Senate that extends from very early in her appointment at UCR. She has served on nearly all of the Academic Senate Committees, and Chaired many of them.

The many nominators were all in agreement that Professor Lovatt's service as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the BioSciences and Chair of the committee in charge of the Biological Sciences major were exceptionally demanding. Establishing the curriculum for and overseeing the largest major in CNAS required a truly remarkable effort and great perseverance.

She also played a prime role as Chair of the Integration Committee that developed criteria for admission of freshmen to UCR and has served tirelessly on several Academic Senate Committees. Most notable among these are Undergraduate Council and Systemwide Academic Council.

These and many other service activities over the years attest to Professor Lovatt's extraordinary dedication to UCR and to the University.


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