Title: Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair & Professor of Chemistry
Company: Cameron University
Location: Chickasha, Oklahoma, United States
Elizabeth Ann Nalley, Ph.D., Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Cameron University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science and mathematics education.
Dr. Nalley is an esteemed figure in the fields of science, mathematics and education who has been teaching for the past 54 years of her career. Delving into education from a young age, she commenced her career as a chemistry and mathematics teacher at Muskogee Central High School in 1964. She subsequently pursued a formal education at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemistry in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Thereafter, she concluded her education in 1975, graduating from Texas Woman’s University with a Doctor of Philosophy in radiation chemistry.
Since 1971, Dr. Nalley has been an educator at Cameron University, first serving as an assistant professor of chemistry for four years. She advanced through the ranks, earning the title of associate professor of chemistry for three years before becoming a full professor in 1978, a position she still holds today. She is Cameron University’s first female full professor. In 2012, she was deemed the Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair of Science and Mathematics Education.
Alongside her primary endeavors, Dr. Nalley was a former visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma in 2004, a science advisor at the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs from 1993 to 2010, and a visiting scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1986 to 1987 and 1992 to 1993. She was further a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma in 1980 and from 1989 to 1990.
Heavily involved with the American Chemical Society, Dr. Nalley served as president of the society in 2006, the fifth woman in the organization to do so. In addition, she has served the society as a councilor, secretary of the division of professional relations, chair-elect and chair of the division of professional relations, and on the national board of directors. Furthermore, she acted as the national president of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi from 1995 to 1998, having previously held the roles of president-elect, national vice president and regent. She additionally maintains association with the American Institute of Chemists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, and Pacifichem, where she previously served as president.
In recognition of her exceptional contributions to science and higher education, Dr. Nalley has accrued numerous accolades during her impressive career. Elected to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2010, she most recently was honored with the Centurion Award from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society in 2016. In addition, the American Chemical Society presented her with the National Award for Encouraging Women to Careers in the Chemical Sciences in 2015, and she is an honored fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the DaVinci Institute. Among her myriad other achievements, Dr. Nalley was recognized with an eponymous award, the E. Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service, by the American Chemical Society, which is given out eight times per year.
Married to Robert Mullican with one child and two grandchildren, Dr. Nalley has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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