Michael K. Daugherty, far right, University of Arkansas professor, received the Outstanding Arkansas Technology and Engineering Education Professional award from the Arkansas Association for Career and Technical Education. With him are Bethany Pommier, Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville, who received the Outstanding New Arkansas Technology and Engineering Teacher of the Year, and Linda Powell, Cabot High School, who received the Outstanding Arkansas Technology and Engineering Teacher of the Year.
Professor Receives Top Honor from Technology and Engineering Educators
University of Arkansas professor Michael K. Daugherty was named Outstanding Arkansas Technology and Engineering Education Professional at the annual conference of the Arkansas Association for Career and Technical Education held in July in Hot Springs.
Daugherty, a professor of technology and engineering education, also serves as head of the department of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions. He joined the faculty in the fall of 2005 to establish and lead a technology education program.
The award Daugherty received is given to recognize technology and engineering educators, other than full-time classroom teachers, who have recently provided or currently are providing significant contributions to professional associations and education programs for youth or adults in their field, communities and states. Recipients of this award have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs or the improvement, promotion, research or development of programs of technology and engineering education.
The award candidates were nominated by their peers, and nominations were then voted on by members of Arkansas Technology and Engineering Educators, one of 12 divisions of the overall state organization.
In addition to teaching in the university’s technology education program, in 2006 Daugherty started the Razorback Technology Challenge with the assistance of other divisions on campus. The competition is held each year in December for students in technology education and pre-engineering classes in middle schools, junior high schools and high schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma.