Inside Look

Newest Foundation Professors Honored

Dr. Stephanie McSpirit and Dr. Charolotte Rich

Dr. Stephanie McSpirit and Dr. Charlotte Rich have earned the highest honor for excelling in all aspects of their calling; including scholarship, excellence in teaching, and service to their institution & profession at Eastern Kentucky University.

Project Spotlights History of Mountain Horses

EKU student Ashley Albano with horse

When most people think of Kentucky and horses, the images that typically come to mind are of regal thoroughbreds, the scenic farms that ring Lexington, and the annual Kentucky Derby.

But that's not the whole story.

Music Faculty Return to their Roots

Dr. Sherri Phelps and Dr. Rachel Taylor

Two members of the Eastern Kentucky University music faculty returned to their roots in Western Kentucky Saturday, May 5, to share their talents and to help raise funds for the Butler County Arts Guild.

Dr. Sherri Phelps, voice instructor, and Dr. Rachel Taylor, piano instructor, performed a program titled “Written in the Stars,” the music of composer John Jacob Niles.

Phelps is a native of Morgantown, Butler County, and attended Western Kentucky University. She earned a Master’s at Juilliard and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky.

The Bard returns to the Ravine for Summer 2018

Free Shakespeare returns to EKU with Romeo and Juliet

EKU Theatre’s annual Shakespeare in the Ravine program is bringing Romeo and Juliet to the Campus Beautiful. The performance will be free to the public with show time at 7pm on Thursday July 19, Friday July 20, and Saturday July 21 in the Ravine of EKU’s campus in Richmond, Kentucky.

Two CLASS Faculty receive 2018-2020 EKU Foundation Professorship

Stephanie McSpirit (left) and Charlotte Rich (right) named Foundation Professors

Dr. Stephanie McSpirit and Dr. Charlotte Rich have earned the highest honor for teaching excellence at Eastern Kentucky University.

McSpirit, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, and Rich, a professor in the Department of English and Theatre, have each received the 2018-20 EKU Foundation Professorship. The annual honor recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.

Dr. Jennifer Fairchild wins the “Most Outstanding” Distinguished Educational Leadership Award

Dr. Jennifer Fairchild wins the “Most Outstanding” Distinguished Educational Lea

Dr. Jennifer Fairchild was presented with the “Most Outstanding” Distinguished Educational Leadership Award on Monday, April 23, 2018. This award was announced at the annual Student Government Association Inauguration and Recognition Banquet.

Faculty Recognized for Academic Excellence

Faculty recognized (see below for details of photo)

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Science would like to congratulate our faculty who have been recognized for Academic Excellence this spring.  The awards presentation ceremony was part of the University’s annual Scholars Week celebration April 9-13.


Pictured in photo (left to right): Top row: Dr. Gaby Bedetti, Dr. Michael Chen, Dr. Benjamin Freed, Joel Goodrich; Bottom row: Adam Hisel, Dr. Stephanie McSpirit, Dr. Kevin Rahimzadeh, Dr. Socorro Zaragoza.  Not pictured: Shaun Turner.

Psychology Professor Honored for Service

Myra Beth Bundy

Eastern Kentucky University psychology professor Dr. Myra Beth Bundy recently received the 2018 Ronald J. Cutter Professional Service Award presented by the Arc of Kentucky, a group that advocates for the rights of citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

But she would “rather focus on the achievements of the individuals with whom she has been fortunate enough to work.”

Piano Professor Receives Steinway Teaching Honor

Bernardo Scarambone

Bernardo Scarambone, award-winning piano professor in the Eastern Kentucky University School of Music, knows the challenges and triumphs of leaving your home country to study in another.

These days, Scarambone shares the benefit of that experience with his students. His passionate, above-and-beyond approach to teaching has attracted several talented students from his home country of Brazil.

2018 Welch Appalachian Social and Economic Justice Lecture

The 2018 Welch Appalachian Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series will prese

The 2018 Welch Appalachian Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series will present “She Sure is a Bird: Black Women and Mental Health in Appalachia ” by Crystal Wilkinson on March 23rd at 12.30 pm in the EKU Business and Technology Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.