The award honors Monk, executive director of the Leesville-Fort Polk campus from 2003-08.
Self has taught mathematics at Northwestern State’s Fort Polk/Leesville campus for 25 years. She received a master’s in mathematics from McNeese State University and began teaching as an adjunct instructor. In 1994, Self became computer information systems manager on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus and continued to teach math courses. Self provides academic advising to students and was named the NSU Faculty Advisor of the Year Award in 2003.
While on NSU’s faculty, she has been instrumental in writing grants to improve the computer labs and the academic environment on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus. Since 1997, she has played a major role in obtaining more than $350,000 in grants for the Leesville/Fort Polk campus. Self has participated in grant and pilot projects and enjoys developing and teaching online courses.
Monk was a faculty member on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus for almost 20 years before becoming executive director of the campus.
Monk was an instructor of education from 1999 until 2003, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in education and educational leadership. From 1981 until 1996, he was an adjunct instructor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, education, educational leadership and educational psychology.
Monk was a teacher at West Leesville Elementary and Leesville High School before being named Vernon Parish’s curriculum director in 1981.
In 1988, he was selected as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, in-service and professional personnel. Monk held that position until 1999.
Monk received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in business education and distributive education and a doctorate in secondary teaching, supervision and administration from NSU. He did additional post-doctoral study at UCLA, Peabody Teacher’s College of Vanderbilt University and Northeast Louisiana University. Monk was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.