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FAIRMONT, WV -

Francene Kirk, a Fairmont State University associate professor of communication and fine arts in the School of Fine Arts, was honored during the school's faculty recognition event on April 24 with the 2013 Abelina Suarez Professorship.

Kirk, of Morgantown, teaches communication, puppetry, children's theatre, creative drama and theatre education. Since coming to FSU in 2000, Kirk has directed numerous plays and musicals for the Masquers season and for Town & Gown. 

She was honored for her work in theatre education by the city of Fairmont Arts and Humanities Commission. In 2008, she received the William A. Boram Award for Teaching Excellence. 

A former public school teacher, Kirk served as the coordinator for fine arts at the West Virginia Department of Education for two years. Kirk earned her bachelor's degree from Glenville State College and her master's degree from West Virginia University. She earned her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with content emphases in theatre and English in 1998 from WVU.