Northwestern State University Assistant Professor of Theatre Perry Morgan-Hall has been named the 2011 recipient of the Fleming A. Thomas Faculty Information Literacy Award.


Northwestern State University Assistant Professor of Theatre Perry Morgan-Hall has been named the 2011 recipient of the Fleming A. Thomas Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Recipients of the award must meet several criteria that include working with librarians to create assignments which will ensure a positive research experience for students, scheduling information literacy sessions for students and encouraging students to work closely with librarians to further their research.

“Receiving this award is special because of who it is named after. Mr. Thomas was an inspiration to me and made me be glad to be at Northwestern,” said Morgan-Hall. “It is also special because Barb Pierce-Cruise who has been a friend and a mentor to me received the award last year.”

Morgan-Hall brings students in his musical theatre history class to Watson Library for two research projects. He works closely with Gail Kwak, head of the library’s Reference Division, to help students learn about available resources in Watson Library.

“The research projects are valuable to my students. It helps them in their field and their career because they understand the heritage and history on American musical theatre,” said Morgan-Hall. “They do research and presentations on people like Florence Ziegfeld, David Merrick or Dorothy Fields. These are names anyone who works in musical theatre should know, but many don’t. They make presentations to the class and students absorb that kind of information better when it comes from one of their peers.”

Morgan-Hall said the knowledge gained by his students in the course stays with them for years.

“This type of research helps them understand the history of musical theatre and their place in it,” he said. “It helps them be able to carry on an intelligent conversation with another actor, a director or producer in a professional setting.”

Thomas was director of libraries in at NSU from 2005-09 and was interim director in 2004-05.

A 1955 graduate of Northwestern, Thomas earned a graduate degree in library science at LSU and completed post-graduate coursework at Rutgers University.  He worked in various capacities in libraries at The Citadel, Indiana University and Miami-Dade Junior College and served as chairman of the Division of Learning Resources at Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J., while earning a certificate in library management at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Library Science.  He was dean of academic affairs at Burlington County College for eight years and later was director of that campus library.  He returned to Northwestern in 1988 as reference and interlibrary loan librarian.