Dr. Juane Heflin to be recognized for Morlan Award March 26

Posted March 02, 2010

Juane HeflinDr. Juane Heflin, associate professor of Georgia State University and alumna of Abilene Christian University, will receive this year's Morlan Award for outstanding teaching and leadership in education.

ACU's Department of Education and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, present the Morlan Award annually to recognize the achievements of alumni in the field of education. The award honors the memory of Dr. Grover C. Morlan, founder of the Teacher Education program at ACU.

"I am thrilled and humbled to receive the prestigious Morlan Award," Heflin said.

Dr. Heflin received a bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education at ACU and a master's degree at North Texas State University in emotional disturbances and autism. She also received a doctorate at the University of North Texas in special education and early childhood.

"ACU was the springboard for my career, and receiving the award helps me to feel like I'm representing the quality of ACU as well as the competence of the faculty members who taught me so much," Heflin said.

Heflin has more than 25 years of experience learning and educating others about individuals with autism. In 2004, Georgia State University recognized her with the "Outstanding Faculty Service Award." The Fort Worth Independent School System also honored her in 1988 as an "Outstanding Young Educator."

"I know that I wouldn't be where I am today if it had not been for ACU," Heflin said.

ACU will honor Dr. Heflin in the Robert D. and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Ninette Arena at nxa09a@acu.edu.