BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan Associate Professor of English Wes Chapman has
been named the recipient of the 2016 James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty
Governance. The Dougan Award honors the late professor of psychology who died unexpectedly
during the fall of 2010.
The annual award, created by the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of the American Association
of University Professors (AAUP), recognizes valuable service by a faculty member in
keeping with Dougan's commitment to the faculty's right to help shape the direction
of the University.
“No one in faculty governance makes things happen on his or her own--it's always a
group effort, always a conversation, if not an outright argument,” said Chapman in
commenting on the award. “Its non-hierarchical, deliberative nature, although often
frustrating, is precisely its greatest strength, and very different from most other
forms of governance. It has been a privilege to have been a part of that conversation,
and I am honored to be recognized for having played a part in it.”
In announcing this year’s Dougan Award winner, AAUP Chapter President Brian Brennan,
noted that Chapman has a long list of contributions to faculty governance, and read
excerpts from several nominating letters that praised the manner in which Chapman
discusses and debates important issues with his colleagues.
One nominator noted, “More important … than the fact that [he] has served, and even
that he has served at high levels, is ... [his] manner of service, which is exemplary
of thoughtful, committed engagement with shared governance. While always bringing
relevant ideas and perspectives to conversations, [he] simply is interested in a fair
conversation and smart, productive outcomes….”
Another nominating letter summarized Chapman’s contributions in this way, “it is
the texture of [his] presence in faculty leadership that most distinguishes his work.”
An English literature faculty member, Chapman served as English Department chair for
four years, was chair of the Council on University Programs and Policies (CUPP), and
was named a faculty representative on the most recent presidential search committee.
Chapman was the 2010 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence,
the University’s highest teaching honor. The faculty nominates recipients of the
Kemp award with the final selection made by the Promotion and Tenure Committee.