The award, which is supported by the Wayne S. and Esther M. Knutson Endowed Fund, is given to a faculty member who has taught for at least 12 years in the college and achieved excellence in his or her professional research and creative activity.
"I feel very honored to have been selected for this award," Skyrm said. "Research and creative activity are a big part of my life � it may sound strange, but I really enjoy practicing for a performance or examining a musty old manuscript in a library somewhere. Having received the first College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professor Award certainly makes me feel that my research has been validated and I am inspired to do even more."�
Skyrm was selected from a group of four finalists including: Stephen Yarbrough, Department of Music; John Banasiak, Department of Art; and Tim Case, Department of Theatre.
"I think there are many creative people in the College of Fine Arts who have outstanding records in research and artistic endeavor," Skyrm said.�"I'm glad that this award has been put into place so that there is a wider recognition of the hard work that goes on in this college in the area of research and creative activity."
Over the next two years, Skyrm will make two presentations of her research and creative activity and will receive a $2,000 honorarium.