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University Awards of Excellence

Join your campus community as we celebrate our recipients!

University Awards of Excellence and Years of Service Recognition

Wednesday, May 1

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ceremony in the Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch in the Armstrong Student Union Ballroom 

About the University Awards of Excellence

The University’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty and Staff are aligned with the University’s Strategic Pillars and Values and are designed to identify and celebrate individuals that make outstanding contributions to the success of Georgia Southern University.

Under each recipient’s name and title, you will see an excerpt from their letters of recommendation that encapsulates their exemplary achievements and impact on our students, colleagues, and community. 

A total of 26 awards are available annually. This year the review committees awarded 16 recipients. Recipients will receive a University Medallion and $1000 to be used for professional development.

A wheel-shaped illustration of Georgia Southern's strategic plan. The outer rim includes our institutional values. The spokes are the strategic pillars. The hub states our mission… people, purpose, action: growing ourselves to grow others.

2023 – 2024
University Awards of Excellence

Student Success

The Student Success award is designed to promote and reward those who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to increase student success.

Tory Candea

Clinical Coordinator, RiteCare Center, Waters College of Health Professions

Student Success Award

Dr. Tory Candea has been serving the students and clients at Georgia Southern University’s RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders since 2019. She has a passion for clinical education and is grateful for the opportunity to share her love for the field of speech-language pathology with future clinicians. 

Loren Mathews, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics

Student Success Award

Dr. Ashley “Loren” Mathews is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics.  She obtained her BS in Marine Science and Biology in 2005 and her MA in Marine Affairs and Policy in 2007 from the University of Miami.  After completing her PhD in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida in 2013, she came to Georgia Southern University first as a visiting faculty and was hired later as a lecturer.  In her eleven years of service, she has taught or mentored over 7,200 biology majors and non-majors across eleven different courses.  She has been involved with student success from the recruitment of new Eagles through their admission, retention, graduation, and ultimately their welcoming back home for alumni engagement events.


The Teaching award acknowledges those that improve student learning and prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.

Kira Jatoft

Assistant Director for Sustainability and Leadership, Office of Leadership and Community Engagement

Teaching Award

Kira Jatoft, Assistant Director for Sustainability and Leadership at Georgia Southern University’s Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, is a dedicated advocate for leadership development and sustainability. With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University and a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, Kira brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Practice at the University of North Georgia, Kira is deeply committed to advancing higher education and empowering students and staff. As a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and Enneagram facilitator, she leverages her expertise to unlock the potential of individuals and cultivate future leaders. Since joining Georgia Southern University in 2020, Kira has made significant contributions to sustainability programming, leadership education, and the overall campus community.

Salman Siddiqui, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Teaching Award

Dr. Salman Siddiqui is a devoted educator who earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University. He joined Georgia Southern as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2013, transitioning to a Lecturer role the following year, and achieving promotion to Senior Lecturer of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in 2020. In 2018, his dedication to teaching excellence and impactful influence on student success earned recognition from the First-Year Experience office, where he was honored as an “Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students.” Furthermore, in 2019, he received the esteemed “Teaching Excellence” award from the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Siddiqui’s teaching philosophy prioritizes active learning strategies and project-based experiences, ensuring students are prepared for success in their fields from day one. Beyond the classroom, he serves as an advisor for the IEEE Robotics Club, mentoring students in extracurricular activities as part of the professional student organization, and leads the recruitment and outreach activities for the ECE Department. His research interests encompass project-based education, STEM outreach, and the integration of new instructional technology into classroom instruction.

Research and Discovery & Innovation

The faculty award for Research recognizes a faculty member for excellence in research and/ or creative scholarly activity.

Bridget Melton, Ed.D.

Professor of Exercise Science, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Waters College of Health Professions

Research Award

Dr. Bridget Melton, EdD, ACSM EP-C, NSCA CSCS, FMS-2, is a distinguished Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Southern University, boasting over two decades of dedicated service to the field. With a focus on promoting physical activity among diverse populations, particularly within tactical contexts, Dr. Melton has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 200 presentations worldwide. Her impact extends beyond academia, as evidenced by her collaborations with local and state-level fire service and law enforcement agencies, aiming to enhance health and wellness outcomes. Notably, she has led groundbreaking initiatives, including a FEMA grant with the University of Kentucky to evaluate embedded providers in fire service and collaborations with esteemed institutions like the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Dr. Melton’s leadership extends to her affiliations with prominent organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education, solidifying her reputation as a leader and influencer in her field.

The Discovery & Innovation award recognizes those individuals that promote creative scholarly activities, technologies and/ or environments that encourage innovative and problem-solving research collaboratives.

Sevki Cesmeci, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Discovery & Innovation Award

Dr. Sevki Cesmeci currently works as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Cesmeci describes himself as both a dedicated researcher and educator. His research has been centered around innovative product and technology development. In this line of research, he served as the sole Principal Investigator for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, totaling $1.55M. He published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers at respected venues and won 20 awards as a Faculty Mentor at the college, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Cesmeci’s dedication to scholarship and teaching has earned him the 2022-2023 College of Engineering and Computing Faculty Award for Scholarship and the 2022-2023 Georgia Southern University Award of Excellence: Student Success.

Inclusive Excellence and Openness & Inclusion

The Inclusive Excellence award recognizes those individuals who generated valuable ideas that have helped to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs or services for their team, their department, our University or the external community.

Virginia Wickline, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Inclusive Excellence Award

Virginia (Ginger) Wickline is an Associate Professor of Psychology who focuses on high-impact practices and community engagement. Her current inclusion-related projects include study abroad workshops with Georgia Southern’s Wexford, Ireland campus; a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program called Crossing Borders, which pairs American students with college students across the globe for cultural conversations; and the Party with a Purpose (PWAP) initiative, which welcomes adults with disabilities to socialize with college students. In her service-learning course, her students work with myriad community partners, such as Inspiritus Refugee Resettlement Services, the First City Pride Center, and SAFE Shelter (domestic violence). She also conducts Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research. Wickline and her mentee, Rashuna Middleton, were granted the 2024 National Institute on Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award, and she was a 2020-2021 Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow. She has received the 2020 Georgia Southern Kathryn Grube Unsung Hero Award and the 2012 Society for Teaching of Psychology (STP) Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award Winner for 2-year colleges. She has also received local, regional, and national awards for service, service-learning, mentoring, teaching, advising, and research. 

The Openness & Inclusion award recognizes those who exhibit the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action.

Kip Sorgen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology & Human Development, College of Education

Openness and Inclusion Award

Dr. Carl H. (Kip) Sorgen is an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership program, specializing in higher education administration. With a focus on preparing individuals for careers in colleges and universities, Dr. Sorgen teaches in both the master’s and doctoral programs at Georgia Southern. Dr. Sorgen’s scholarship centers on supporting LGBTQ+ students in higher education, reflecting his commitment to creating inclusive and supportive environments. His administrative experience in higher education includes roles in faculty development, institutional research, LGBTQ+ student services, residence life, and annual giving. Dr. Sorgen earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State University, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University.  

Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability

The Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Sustainability Award was designed to recognize those with a commitment increase operational efficiency and effectiveness while maximizing financial capital and human resources to ensure the University’s long-term sustainability–investing in our people and processes to grow others.

Jenna Bayto

IT Support Manager, Department of Information Technology Services

Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability Award

Jenna has been part of the Georgia Southern community since 2010, completing her B.S. in Information Technology and M.S. in Applied Engineering. After working as an Operations Engineering Intern at CNN, Jenna returned to Georgia Southern to work in the MDC doing sports and events broadcasting. Later she moved to IT Services where she is currently an IT Support Manager leading the Endpoint Lifecycle Team.

Community Engagement and Collaboration

The Community Engagement award was designed to give recognition to those who display outstanding community engagement in support of the University.

Edward Mondor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics

Community Engagement Award

Ed Mondor was born and raised in Brandon, MB, Canada. He attended Brandon University, where he received a BSc in Psychology with a minor in Botany (1993). Ed then attended the University of Alberta where he received his MSc in Zoology (1996), working on tachinid parasitoids of the forest tent caterpillar. He received his PhD from Simon Fraser University (2001), studying the evolution of alarm signaling behavior in aphids. He completed postdocs at the University of Calgary and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was employed as a Junior Entomologist at the University of Hawaii, prior to arriving at Georgia Southern University (2006). An Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, he teaches three courses a semester and has almost 40 peer-reviewed publications (including being featured in the Editor’s Choice section of Science Magazine). In addition to his insect behavior, ecology, and evolution research, he is the only practicing Forensic Entomologist in Georgia.

The Collaboration Award recognizes and promotes those who are dedicated to service to their departments, students, faculty, other departments on campus, and/ or the surrounding community through communication, innovation, integrity and inclusion.

Dyana Van Tassell

Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics

Collaboration Award

Dyana Van Tassell is a Georgia Southern Eagle at heart. After attending GSU for school, she has continued to serve our campus for over 20 years. She currently works in the Biology Department as an Administrative Assistant, tackling everything from scheduling, purchasing, events and student and faculty requests. Dyana’s professional goals include mastering ever-evolving new technology and enhancing internal communication systems withing her department. She is loyal and reliable with a true passion for working within higher education.

Barbara King

Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Collaboration Award

Barbara King is a Senior Lecturer and the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, where she primarily teaches courses on ethics and human rights. Her research interests include youth subcultures as resistance and the Czechoslovak dissident movement between 1968 and 1989. During her time at Georgia Southern, she has served on several department, college, and university committees as well as held the position of Faculty Senate Librarian. Currently, she is a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation (IAA), helping to prepare the university for reaffirmation of its SACSCOC accreditation. Ms. King has collaborated with many units across campus, including faculty and associate deans from every college, the Office of the Registrar, and IAA to guide curriculum changes while ensuring compliance with accreditation standards. Ms. King also is active in the community as a member of One Boro, a city commission “committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity among the citizens of Statesboro.”  She chairs the Longest Table, a recurring event that brings together over 300 Statesboro and Bulloch County residents to share a meal, form new friendships, and engage in meaningful conversations about their connections to Statesboro and goals for its future.

Leadership Award

This award recognizes administrator-level employees (e.g. Program Directors, Assistant/Associate Department Chairs, Department Chair, Directors, Executive Directors, Managers) who, through their extraordinary leadership over the last year, demonstrated exemplary responsive leadership to students, colleagues and other customers of Georgia Southern University.  The award recognizes leaders who, in addition to fulfilling their administrative and managerial roles with dedication and creativity, demonstrate vision and an outstanding commitment to excellence. Nominations should describe specific actions taken by this leader and how these actions benefited faculty, staff, students and/or the surrounding community. The actions by the nominee must reflect the following six values of Georgia Southern: Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Discovery and Innovation, Integrity, Openness and Inclusion and Sustainability. 

Corine Ackerson-Jones, M.Ed.

Director TRIO Student Support Services, Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership Development and Inclusive Excellence

Leadership Award

Corine Ackerson-Jones is a former University System of Georgia Executive Leadership Institute Scholar who has served students and collaborated with faculty and staff in multiple capacities for more than 19 years. As a first-generation college student, she understands the difficulties students can face on a college campus and works tirelessly to make sure the transition for incoming GSU students includes the introduction of campus and community resources wrapped in care and compassion. “I came back to school because I know you believe in me and that you care”, said one of her students. Her passion for and commitment to advocacy for underrepresented students has resulted in two very successful student support initiatives at the university. Ackerson-Jones successfully wrote for and received a 1.2-million-dollar TRIO Student Support Services grant which serves and academically supports low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. She currently serves as Director of that program. Most recently she wrote for and received a CCAMPIS grant totaling more than 1.6 million dollars that provides childcare subsidies for low-income student parents to help with the cost of childcare over the next 4 years. Both grants are fully funded by the Department of Education. Very active in the Savannah community, she serves on several Boards of Directors including the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club and the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity.

J. Lowell Mooney, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Programs/MBA Director/Professor of Accounting, Parker College of Business

Leadership Award

J. Lowell Mooney, PhD, CPA, CGMA, CMA, CFM is Director of Graduate Studies & MBA Director for the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He is also Professor of Accounting and a former director of the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy. Mooney holds a doctorate degree in accounting with a minor in management information systems from the University of Georgia. He worked for several years in the information systems organization of a major telecommunications firm. Mooney is a member of several professional organizations and has served in various leadership roles. Notably, he served as Chair of the Georgia Society of CPAs, having the distinction of being only the second educator to serve in that role since the organization’s founding in 1905. Mooney’s research interests include performance evaluation systems and emerging academic and professional issues. He has received numerous awards for his teaching, research, and service activities, including the Georgia Society of CPAs Outstanding Accounting Educator award, the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Advisor award, and the Georgia Southern University Bishop Award for Sustained Excellence.

Team Award

The Team Award recognizes a group of individuals comprised of three or more employees (staff and/or faculty) that contribute to one of the five strategic imperatives while demonstrating one of the six core values to help the University be the best place to work, learn, and succeed.

Members will receive a certificate, team photo with the President and a crystal plaque to be displayed in the office of the team leader.  

Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction

Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction Members
  • Tori Brannen
  • Kim Brown
  • Rusty Cartee
  • Toni Davis
  • Billy Harris
  • Mitch Mock
  • Pliny Ruluked
  • Matthew Shingler
  • Brian Sowell
  • Michelle Stewart
  • Tim Stillwell
  • Kirk Tatum
  • Chuck Taylor
  • Sandi Wilkinson

Years of Service

Years of Service recipients will receive a service year certificate and a service year lapel pin. 

40 Years

  • Margaret Lee-Jones
  • Lynn Roberts

35 Years

  • Richie Akins
  • Mohammad Davoud
  • Terry Hart
  • Michael Hurst
  • Caren Town
  • Robert Vance

30 Years

  • Rebecca Akins
  • Joanne Chopak-Foss
  • William Craven
  • Stephen Hart
  • Christopher Hendricks
  • Ann Hill
  • Caroline James
  • Carol Jamison
  • Patricia Knight
  • Catherine MacGowan
  • Shahnam Navaee
  • Janice Nease
  • Michael Nielsen
  • Thomas Pearsall
  • Vickie Reid
  • Kent Rittschof
  • Daniel Skidmore-Hess
  • Christina Thompson
  • Cordelia Zinskie

25 Years

  • Urkovia Andrews
  • Kathryn Bryant
  • Gregory Chamblee
  • Brenda Douglas
  • Melissa Garno
  • Michelle Haberland
  • Sandy Hart
  • Alan Harvey
  • Ming Fang He
  • Abbie Hill
  • Daniel Lanier
  • Lisa Leach
  • Lissa Leege
  • Christina Lemon
  • Grzegorz Michalski
  • Melanie Mosley
  • Barry Munkasy
  • Sze-Man Ngai
  • James Price
  • Glenda Roberts
  • Rosa Romeo
  • Ronald Rushing
  • Padmini Shankar
  • Wayne Smith
  • Stephen Strickland
  • Anita Thurson
  • James Todesca
  • Ron Vereen
  • Michael Waller
  • Patrick Wheaton
  • Mark Yanochik

20 Years

  • Ioannis Barkoulas
  • Shawna Boyles
  • Earnestine Burns
  • Brandy Clouse
  • Kathryn Craven
  • Christopher Cutler
  • Jose Da Cruz
  • George Davies
  • William Eaton
  • Perry Ellis
  • Priya Goeser
  • Amy Hackney
  • Jo Hoch
  • Scott Kersey
  • Philip Leroy
  • Lixin Li
  • Memory Littles
  • Richard Mason
  • Trent Maurer
  • Yong Park
  • Kellie Penix
  • Manouchehr Tabatabaei
  • Theresa Thornburg
  • Laura Valeri
  • Christopher Williams

15 Years

  • Lisa Abbott
  • Laurie Adams
  • Rocio Alba-Flores
  • William Allison
  • Sharon Barrs
  • Allison Belzer
  • Adam Bossler
  • George Brannen
  • Krista Briel
  • David Bringman
  • Michael Carr
  • Brian Carter
  • Tiffany Childers
  • Cameron Clements
  • William Coggins
  • Greg Crawford
  • Michele Cutwa
  • William Dawers
  • Caroline Deal
  • Myra Dupra
  • Belinda Durden
  • Addie Edwards
  • Megan Feasel
  • Austin Francis
  • Yuzhu Fu
  • Danny Garrigus
  • Kristy Gose
  • Annie Graf
  • Candice Green
  • Eleanor Haynes
  • Nancy Henderson
  • Tracee Hickman
  • Sarah Higdon
  • Courtney Jenkins
  • Eric Kartchner
  • David Kipkemboi
  • Herbert Lensch
  • Yi Lin
  • Cathy Lucas
  • Theresa Mason
  • Shaunell McGee
  • Andrew Michaud
  • Barbara Mosley
  • Julie Ogburn
  • Tanesha Osborne
  • Arnold Perkins
  • Brenda Richardson
  • Haresh Rochani
  • Edward Rushton
  • Sirajus Salekeen
  • Mauricio Sanchez
  • Jared Schlieper
  • Iris Smith
  • Valentin Soloiu
  • Peggy Stepanek
  • Ricardo Strickland
  • Linda Tatum
  • Kathy Tucker
  • Hongjie Wang
  • Hua Wang
  • Xinfang Wang
  • Ladeidre Washington
  • Michael Wiggins
  • Kristine Yager-Rushton
  • Candace Yancey
  • Stanley Young
  • Jian Zhang

10 Years

  • Ahmet Akturk
  • Nicole Alvarado
  • Allen Amason
  • Bettye Apenteng
  • Asli Aslan
  • Crissie Bath
  • Frances Beasley
  • Travis Beasley
  • Kwabena Boakye
  • Daniel Bragg
  • Jason Brannen
  • Shana Bridges
  • Kavita Brigham
  • Matthew Brown
  • Maxine Bryant
  • Teresa Buzo Salas
  • Breanna Calamas
  • David Calamas
  • Wasimul Chowdhury
  • Sabrina Cone
  • Kimberly Couch
  • Tiffany Courdin
  • Wendy Cowart
  • Thomas Crabtree
  • Michael Cuellar
  • Christopher Curtis
  • Finbarr Curtis
  • Janet Dale
  • Carol Deal
  • Matthew Dunbar
  • Kathryn Edwards
  • Shaun Edwards
  • Matthew Flynn
  • Chun Hai Fung
  • Worlanyo Gato
  • Holly Golden
  • Penney Gray
  • Christopher Groover
  • Axel Grossmann
  • Suzanne Hallman
  • Gleenreus Hart
  • Ryan Heins
  • Susan Hendrix
  • Stacey Holloway
  • Yi Hu
  • Elizabeth Hunt
  • Kathleen Hutcheson
  • Heather Joesting
  • Tracy Johnson
  • Houston Kirkland
  • Rebecca Kocerha
  • Jennifer Kowalewski
  • Mary Lawrence
  • Mary Lawton
  • Alisa Leckie
  • Jinrong Li
  • Shaneisha Lonon-Bryan
  • Francisco Lugo
  • Christopher Luzzi
  • Cynthia Lynes
  • Nandi Marshall
  • Tony Marshall
  • Loren Mathews
  • Ricky McKuhen
  • Lauren McMillan
  • Muralidhar Medidi
  • Sarah Mendenhall
  • Darnell Mincey
  • Beulah Narendrapurapu
  • Nicholas Newell
  • Alicia Newton
  • Matthew Newton
  • Sheila Nielsen
  • Gary Oglesby
  • Kimberly Oglesby
  • Marten Olsson
  • Janet Owens
  • Joshua Palmer
  • Eloise Pitt
  • Chad Posick
  • Nicholas Radko
  • Brynn Rawlins
  • Rand Ressler
  • Deborah Richards
  • Richard Robbins
  • Samuel Robinson
  • Nalanda Roy
  • Christina Salhi
  • Jason Salzer
  • Amy Schmutz
  • Joanna Schreiber
  • Bobbie Scott
  • Nicholas Scull
  • Veena Shankar
  • Kathy Shepherd
  • Salman Siddiqui
  • Sharon Simon
  • David Simpson
  • Christopher Smith
  • Trina Smith
  • Stanley Suboleski
  • Joseph Telfair
  • Robert Terry
  • Michael Trudelle
  • Felicity Turner
  • James Tyler
  • Aslihan Unal
  • Richard Vance
  • Jorge Villa-Vargas
  • Timmy Vo
  • John Walker
  • Dina Walker-DeVose
  • Nancy Amanda Wall
  • Benjamin Warsaw
  • Kenneth West
  • Robert Whitaker
  • Felisha Wiggins
  • Robin Wilson
  • Joyce Wilson-Lanier
  • Inger Wood
  • Lillian Worthen Wilkerson
  • Zuotang Zhang

5 Years

  • Cody Abraham
  • Tori Abraham
  • Michael Adams
  • Ashleigh Aiello
  • Leah Aikens
  • James Akins
  • Kasie Alt
  • Miguel Alvarado
  • Joseph Anderson
  • Neda Aslsabbaghpourhokmaba
  • Robert Babot
  • Rebecca Badgett
  • Joseph Barragan
  • Jenna Bayto
  • Pearl Blitch
  • Dasman Bolden
  • Kyle Bradford
  • Angela Brewton
  • Jamie Brinson
  • Lonnie Brogdon
  • Alvinette Brooks
  • Jasmine Brown
  • Kimberly Brown
  • Lisa Brown
  • Jamerson Burke
  • Megan Byrd
  • Rusty Cartee
  • Sevki Cesmeci
  • Lindsey Chappell
  • Kenda Charles
  • Mariah Charnock
  • Maegan Colson
  • Tenesha Cook
  • Ryan Couillou
  • Anna Currence
  • Tony Curtis
  • Victoria Daughtry
  • Derrick Davis
  • Julie de Chantal
  • Katia De Melo Galdino
  • Stephanie Devine
  • Mike D Dominguez
  • Faith Douglas
  • Michael Doyle
  • Bernal Drummer
  • Teresa Durham
  • Brittni Favorite
  • Philemon Fennell
  • Rebecca Fields
  • Katie Finch
  • Jonathan Finley
  • Bret Frazier
  • Jessika Garcia Bassat
  • Jeff Garland
  • Akira Garvin
  • Ken Gassiot
  • Cherie Gaume
  • Reinhold Gerbsch
  • Christopher Gerdmann
  • Angela Gerguis
  • Rachel Gibbs
  • Ryan Gilbert
  • Teresa Goodman
  • Edith Groover
  • Rita Haddad
  • Cory Hall
  • Kristina Harbaugh
  • Cinda Hare
  • Deborah Harvey
  • Kathryn Haughney
  • Andrew Hendrix
  • John Hendrix
  • Jessica Hersey
  • Kirsten Hicks
  • Kenny Hodge
  • James Hughes
  • Jolyon Hughes
  • Evan Hutto
  • Autumn Johnson
  • Bridget Johnson
  • Rosie Johnson
  • Ally Jones
  • Nicholas Kadlec
  • Jahangir Khairabadi
  • Keagan Kiely
  • Joshua Kies
  • Jinki Kim
  • Daniel Larkin
  • Debra Lawrence
  • Sandra Lensch
  • Lakesha Loving
  • Elizabeth Lustgarten
  • Brandon Martin
  • Charles Marvil
  • Kari Mau
  • Matthew Maylath
  • Ryan McBride
  • Britne McDuffie
  • Beth McGee
  • Raisa McIver
  • Valerie Mercer
  • Vera Mercer
  • Lisa Montalvo
  • Madison Murphy
  • Cathy Neville
  • Laura Nickles
  • Taylor Norman
  • Anna Oglesby
  • Aidan Owens
  • Amanda Parrish
  • Kristina Patterson
  • Scott Pease
  • Renata Peavy
  • Cassandra Pelton
  • Monica Perez
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Benjamin Powell
  • Nicole Protzman
  • JingJing Qing
  • Mark Redden
  • Carl Reiber
  • Alexandra Reyes
  • Gregory Rich
  • Stephen Rigg
  • Betty Robbins
  • Shekevia Robbins
  • William Robertson
  • Kristina Robinson
  • Bryce Rodriguez
  • Kristen Ruhland
  • Pliny Ruluked
  • Natasha Sanders
  • Anthony Siccardi
  • Nicholas Siekirk
  • Alan Skipper
  • Dennie Smith
  • Paul Smith
  • Payton Smith
  • Summer Snowden
  • Sabra Snypp
  • Paul Sobaje
  • Latavia Span
  • Wanda Stewart
  • George Stovall
  • Kara Sweeney
  • Hossein Taheri
  • Victor Tatum
  • James Thomas
  • Lagretta Thomas
  • Jonathan Thompson
  • Lauren Tremble
  • Christopher Ulmer
  • Don Ussery
  • Christine Vanasse
  • Lan Anh Vo
  • Joann Wakefield
  • Lynda Wallace
  • Kesha Ward
  • Daniel Waugh
  • Derek Wencl
  • Siponda White
  • Virginia Wickline
  • Angelia Williams
  • Leah Williams
  • Kimberly Wilson
  • Samuel Wilson
  • Aaron Wortham
  • Megan Wrye
  • Lianjun Wu
  • Mingzhi Xu
  • Xiaoming Yang
  • Morgan Youmans
  • Hao Zhang
  • Yue Zhang

Committee Review

A total of 10 committees reviewed the Faculty, Staff and Team awards. Six of the committees provided a peer-review process for the applicants and four committees were joint committees. The joint committees consisted of members from both the faculty and staff with equal representation. The charge to the following committees was to review application packets and decide on the Awards of Excellence winners. Each committee evaluated the applicants based upon a set criterion and rubric. Rubrics were designed per award.

University Awards Committee

  • Cary ChristianCo-Chair, Associate Professor, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Scott TaylorCo-Chair, Assistant Vice President of Student Experience, Enrollment, Marketing & Student Success
  • Charles Bowen, Police Lieutenant & Training Coordinator, Business and Finance
  • Vivian BynoeHead, Reference & Instruction, University Libraries
  • Bill DawersPrincipal Lecturer, College of Arts & Humanities
  • Anoop DesaiProfessor, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Francis DesiderioAssociate Dean, Honors College
  • William EatonAssociate Professor, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Mark HannaProfessor, Parker College of Business
  • Brian KoehlerAssociate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Catherine MacGowanAssociate Professor, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Courtney MeihoffGraphic Designer, University Communications and Marketing
  • Melanie MillerAssociate Vice President for Student Success, Division of Student Affairs
  • Kimberly CouchAcademic Advisor, Enrollment, Marketing & Student Success
  • Stephen RossiAssociate Dean, College of Health Professions
  • Hani SamawiProfessor & Interim Department Chair, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
  • David SimpsonDirector of Student Media Administration, Student Affairs
  • Kip SorgenAssociate Professor, College of Education
  • Jessica HerseyP-Card Administrator, Business & Finance | Chair, Staff Council
  • Kesha WardAuditor, Office of the President


Separate Committees

Faculty Peer-Review Process; Staff Peer-Review Process

  1. Teaching (Pillar) and Academic Excellence (Value)
    Faculty: Faculty Senate Development Committee 
    Staff: Staff Council Committee for Teaching/Academic Excellence Awards
  2. Research (Pillar) and Discovery and Innovation (Value)
    Faculty: Faculty Senate Research Committee 
    Staff: Staff Council Committee for Research/Discovery and Innovation Awards
  3. Community Engagement (also known as Service) (Pillar) and Collaboration (Value)
    Faculty: Faculty Senate Service Committee
    Staff: Staff Council Committee for Community Engagement/Collaboration Awards

Joint Committees of Faculty/Staff

5 Committees

  1. Inclusive Excellence (Pillar) and Openness and Inclusiveness (Value)
    Counsel Review was conducted by the President’s Diversity Advisory Counsel.
  2. Operational EE&S (Pillar) and Sustainability (Value)
    Committee Review was conducted under the direction of the AVP for Planning and Analysis in conjunction with the Director of the Center for Sustainability. These leaders identified individuals that have expertise in operational efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability that can ascertain the contributions of the applicants. The committee structure was a cross-section of faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  3. Student Success (Pillar)
    Committee Review was conducted by the Student Success Institutional Committee with representation from the Faculty Senate Student Success Committee. 
  4. Integrity (Value)
    Committee Review was conducted by the University Awards of Excellence Committee.
  5. Team Award 
    Committee Review was conducted by the University Strategic Planning Committee.


To be eligible to receive an Award of Excellence, an employee must be employed by the Georgia Southern University or the former Armstrong University for a minimum of three years at (the nomination period of August 1st) and must have received a rating of meets expectations or higher on the previous 2 performance evaluations.

All personnel up to, but not including, Directors and Chairs are eligible for nominations for Awards of Excellence. Directors in this instance does not infer to Academic Program directors, rather Directors within Divisional units.

An employee who has won a particular award in the past 3 years is not eligible to compete for that exact same award. 

Certain Award Review Committees may have eligibility criteria that supersede these criteria, these are set as a minimum.