Wayland professor honored with faculty award

Dr. Ann Stutes, assistant professor of music and chair of the music department at Wayland Baptist University, was presented the Maloney Faculty Award during Heritage Chapel on Wednesday.

The award recognizes a faculty member from the Wayland system, which includes 11 external campuses, for academic excellence and leadership, being an example of Christian commitment and dedication and making a positive contribution to the lives of students. The honor comes with a cash award as well.

The Maloney award was established by Dr. Mary Maloney, associate professor of business at Wayland's campus in Phoenix, Ariz., since 1993, through a foundation she set up in memory of her parents. Maloney spent much of her career at St. John's University in New York, serving in a variety of capacities, notably as vice president of the business school and later as assistant to the president for strategic planning.

Dr. Carl Moman, chair of the Division of Fine Arts, nominated Stutes for the award, noting, "she has done more than any other single music faculty member in regards to student music major retention through her innovations in the teaching of comprehensive musicianship in our music theory curriculum." Moman also noted Stutes' commitment to her faith and to Christian higher education.

"She demonstrates faithful dedication to the mission of Wayland Baptist University in everything she does," he wrote in the nomination letter. "Peer and student evaluations of her courses and numerous comments from students assure me that she makes very positive contributions in the lives of all of our music students."

Stutes has been a full-time member of the music faculty at Wayland since 1998, after serving five years as music instructor at Texas Tech University. She holds the bachelor's degree in music from Southwestern University, the master's degree in music from Northern Illinois University, and the Ph.D. in fine arts (with a music emphasis) from Texas Tech.

Since coming to Wayland, Stutes has served on several university committees. She is an accomplished violist, playing with the Plainview Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as a clinician and guest speaker for handbells and strings and has coordinated the music theory division and judged for the Pastorale Music Festival in Lubbock.

Stutes is a member of First United Methodist Church in Petersburg and is active in their music ministry. Her husband Randy is a teacher and coach in Petersburg.

Dr. Paul Armes, president of Wayland's Plainview campus, spoke highly of Stutes.

"Dr. Stutes is a wonderful example of what is best about Wayland. Her passion for teaching and her love for our Lord are the pivot points of her work on our campus," he said. "She genuinely cares about people - both students and staff - and looks for ways to demonstrate that care in an authentic and appropriate way."