Saint Louis University

Barber and Scott
Karla Scott, Ph.D., left, and Michael Barber, S.J. Submitted photo

The Society of African American Studies awarded the Ernest A. Calloway Teaching Award to Karla Scott, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and director of the African American Studies Program, during a ceremony at the Washington Metropolitan Church.

The award, named for the late Saint Louis University professor, was established by SLU alumnus Brian Shelton. Shelton sought to honor University faculty members whose efforts in the classroom reflected Calloway's commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Scott, an alumna of Saint Louis University who graduated in 1981, was a student in one of Calloway's urban affairs classes during her time as a student here.

"For me to get the award this year was a huge honor," Scott said. "It was one of those full circle moments. I sat in his class thirty years ago and to be recognized for teaching in a way that includes diversity and inclusion really left me speechless."

"This award not only honors a faculty member who has shown exemplary sensitivity to cultural differences, as Dr. Scott has done, but indicates that respect for cultural differences is highly valued in our College and University," said Michael Barber, S.J., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "I am grateful to alumnus Mr. Brian Shelton for his role in keeping the award in public view."

The Society of African American Studies is sponsored by the African American Program. The award is given annually during Sankofa, the African American graduate recognition ceremony held during pre- commencement activities.

When the award was initially created, Shelton personally selected a University faculty member and presented the award. However, recently it was proposed that the College of Arts and Sciences and the Society of African American Studies select a faculty member who, in the spirit of Calloway, inspires students to be men and women for others.