in memoriam
1970
s
Frances M. Cox, M.S. ’72
;
May 26, 2013
Harry C. Spray, B.S. ’72
;
July 2, 2013
Donald L. Brough, B.S. ’74
;
March 27, 2013
1980
s
Norma Fay Elliott, B.S. ’81, A.S. ’86
;
Nov. 1, 2012
Joseph A. Yeater, B.A. ’81
;
Dec. 24, 2011
Patricia Z. Payne, B.A. ’83
;
April 10, 2013
Dorothy D. Weber, A.S. ’84
;
June 10, 2013
Political Science
professor Thomas
Doc” Kotulak passes
away
IU Southeast lost one of its own when Thomas
Kotulak, associate professor of political
science, passed away Tuesday, June 11, after
suffering a heart attack.
Kotulak, or “Doc,” was a member of the
political science faculty at IU Southeast
since 1995. He taught courses including
Introduction to American Politics,
Constitutional Law, Constitutional Rights and
Liberties, American Political Ideas, Problems
in Contemporary Political Philosophy,
Environmental Law and Policy, and the Senior
Seminar.
He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis
from the University of Illinois at Chicago in
1994
and quickly established himself as an
excellent teacher. He was a past winner of
the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002,
the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award
in 2000, and the Metroversity Outstanding
Faculty of Adult Learners Award in 2006.
Kotulak also was very active in civil liberties
issues. He served as the long-term faculty
advisor for the IU Southeast Civil Liberties
Union and was a member of the Board of
Directors for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union
since 2001.
Former students and colleagues have
remembered Kotulak fondly, calling him “a
gold star professor,” “unique and captivating,”
and “my favorite professor ever.” A Facebook
posting about his passing resulted in close
to 40 responses from current and former
students as well as peers.
Kotulak’s colleagues hosted an informal public
memorial for current and former students,
faculty, and staff to share their memories of
Doc.”
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A group of Kotulak’s former students are starting a scholarship
in his memory. If you are interested in donating to the
scholarship fund, please contact the Office of Development at
(812) 941-2464.