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Dr. Frances McBroom Thompson to receive Morlan Medal Award
Dr. Frances McBroom Thompson

Dr. Frances McBroom Thompson

For immediate release
April 8, 2005

Dr. Frances McBroom Thompson, professor of mathematics at Texas Women's University, will receive Abilene Christian University's Morlan Medal Award at the Morlan Award Dinner Friday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Teague Special Events Center.

The Morlan Medal Award is given annually by ACU's Department of Education and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society.  Recipients are those alumni who have made significant contributions or improvements in the field of education.

Thompson earned her bachelor's degree at ACU in 1963, a master's from the University of Texas and her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1973.  She began her teaching career as a junior high mathematics teacher in California and has taught at colleges and universities in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia; served as an educational consultant for public schools in Texas and Georgia; and taught high school mathematics in Dallas.  At TWU, Thompson teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics and specializes in preservice mathematics education.

During her 30-year teaching career, Thompson's research has centered on teaching methods that accommodate different learning styles and specific learning disabilities.  She was awarded the TWU Mary Mason Lyon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service in 1992, ACU's Distinguished Alumni Citation in 1998 and serves on ACU's Mathematics Visiting Committee.

The award is named for Dr. Grover C. Morlan, a member of the ACU faculty from 1916 to 1958.  He taught at ACU for 42 years and served as chair of the Department of Education and Psychology for a total of 36 years.  He is connected to several important ACU traditions, as he authored "Oh, Dear Christian College," started the first reading improvement course in Texas colleges, began Bible Teachers Workshop and was one of the first to believe that ACU should have an intercollegiate athletics program.  Morlan died in 1964 after teaching at Pepperdine University from 1958 to 1963. 

For more information, contact the ACU Department of Education at 325-674-2112.