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Georgia Southern University’s
Awards of Excellence for Faculty & Staff

ATTENTION: Deadline Extended to October 30

Nomination Deadline to 5 p.m., October 30, 2020.
Applications Packets for nominees/team awards must be submitted by 5 p.m., November 13, 2020.*

The University’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty and Staff are designed to identify and reward individuals that make outstanding contributions to the success of Georgia Southern University.

Through this celebratory awards process and ceremony, Georgia Southern will promote employee engagement by recognizing individuals who demonstrate excellence in performance and contributions to one area of the University’s  Pillars and Values.

Objectives of the University’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty & Staff

  • To provide both faculty and staff initiated rewards;
  • To recognize and promote positive relationships and behavior patterns supportive of the individual, team, departmental, and/or institutional priorities and goals;
  • To provide timely recognition to employees through immediate or planned recognition;
  • To provide various types and levels of recognition based on the significance and impact of contribution;
  • To inform supervisors and faculty about the variety of monetary and non-monetary reward options available to recognize an outstanding employee; and
  • To distribute awards through a Spring ceremony.

The Awards of Excellence

A total of 27 awards will be given annually: 12 Strategic Pillar Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff), 12 Institutional Values Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff), 2 Leadership Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff) and (1) Team Award will be given*

Strategic PillarsInstitutional Values
Student SuccessIntegrity
TeachingAcademic Excellence
ResearchDiscovery and Innovation
Inclusive ExcellenceOpenness and Inclusion
Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and SustainabilitySustainability
Community EngagementCollaboration

Awards of Excellence

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

A total of 27 awards will be given annually: 12 Strategic Pillar Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff), 12 Institutional Values Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff), 2 Leadership Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff) and (1) Team Award will be given*

Strategic Pillar Awards

*Each award is given to one (1) Faculty member and one (1) Staff member

Student Success

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

Teaching

This Teaching award will acknowledge those that improve student learning and prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.

Research

The faculty award for Research recognizes a faculty member for excellence in research and/ or creative scholarly activity. The staff award for Research recognizes one staff member for outstanding support in the conduct of research or who have advanced processes, methods and systems through research.

Inclusive Excellence

This 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.

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.

Sustainability

The Sustainability Award was designed to recognize a conscientious steward of resources and supports the well-being of students, faculty, staff and communities, and maintains a leadership position in conservation efforts, promoting a a University-wide culture of environmental sustainability.

Community Engagement

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

Institutional Values Awards

*Each award is given to one (1) Faculty member and one (1) Staff member

Integrity

The Integrity Award honors those who practice ethical awareness in decision making and demonstrate an on-going commitment to integral ethical behavior and practices.

Academic Excellence

This award recognizes those individuals who provide or promote educational opportunities or resources that stimulate students academic progression and graduation.

Discovery and Innovation

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

Openness and Inclusion

This award recognizes those who exhibit the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action.

Sustainability

The Sustainability Award was designed to recognize those with a commitment to sustainability that is exceptional and best exemplifies dedication to the sustainability value of the University.

Collaboration

The Collaboration Award was designed to recognize and promote 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.

Leadership Award

*Each award is given to one (1) Faculty member and one (1) Staff member

This awards 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. 

Team Award

*one (1) 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.

Eligibility

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 September 14) and must have received a rating of meets expectations or higher on the previous 2 performance evaluations.

All personnel up to Associate Vice Presidents, and Associate Deans are eligible for nominations for Awards of Excellence. Directors, Chairs, and Associate Chairs are eligible for the Leadership award only.

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.

The Nomination Process

Any employee may nominate another employee regardless of division, faculty or staff status, supervisory or peer relationships. Nominators can nominate as many faculty and staff as they wish. No self-nominations are allowed. If nominated for more than one award, a faculty/staff member must select one preferred award in order to move forward in this process.  As such a faculty/staff member would only submit one application package per academic year for and Award of Excellence. Consequently, a faculty/staff member cannot receive multiple awards in the same year. Certain Award Review Committees (see section below) may have nomination criteria that supersede these criteria, these are set as a minimum.

All nominations will be submitted through the online submission form. 

The awards process includes: 

  • Eligibility requirements.
  • List of application material.
  • Schedule of deadlines for nominations and committees’ selection decisions.
  • Open-ended questions nominees and supporters will answer.  Each form should be tailored to the particular award.
  • List of what awardees, excluding team awards, will receive a monetary award along with a newly created medallion. Team award winners will receive a plaque.
  • List of current and previous award winners (pictures, bios).
  • Upcoming ceremony information (date, time, place, dress code).

Nomination Period/Application Submission Schedule for 2020-2021

September 14, 2020 – October 30, 2020 (5 p.m.) – Nominations Open

  • Nominations
  • Verification of Eligibility
  • Application Submission
  • Committee Accepts Application for Review

October 31, 2020 – November 13, 2020 – Applications Packets for nominees/team awards must be submitted by November 13 at 5 p.m.

November 16, 2020 – February 15, 2021 – Review Process by Committees

March 1, 2021 – Award Recipients Names Forwarded to President’s Office

April 2021 – Georgia Southern University Excellence in Awards Celebration

Deadlines for submission will determine when forms are “closed.”  No incomplete or late forms will be accepted.

Application Packets & Components

After receiving notice from the overseeing committee, the Nominee will acknowledge acceptance of the nomination. Application packets must be a minimum of 6 pages but not exceed 20 pages. Nominees may only submit one application per academic year. If nominated for more than one Award of Excellence, the nominee chooses which award to submit an application for. All documents should use 12-point Times New Roman or similar font with 1” margins. The nominee should submit an application package comprising the following elements*:

  • The completed application is emailed to the nominee (1 page).
  • Nominee or Nominator Narrative. Narrative should answer at a minimum the 4 following statements (1 – 2 pages):  
    • Achieves excellence in the award nominated for.
    • Develops, utilizes, and shares innovative skill sets related to the award nominated for.
    • Continually develops and broadens expertise in the award area.
    • Any other relevant information about contributions to the award nominated for. 
  • Resume/Condensed Curriculum Vitae (2 – 6 pages).
  • 1- 3 references that speak to that particular award that you’re being nominated for. It is the responsibility of the nominee to provide these guidelines to those who write their letters. It responsibility of the nominee to collect and upload letters as part of the application packet. These letters are open format, limited to two pages. Letters of recommendation may want to address how the nominee achieves some of the following points:
    • Achieves excellence in the award nominated for.
    • Develops, utilizes, and shares innovative skill sets related to the award nominated for.
    • Continually develops and broadens expertise in the award area.
    • Any other relevant information about contributions to the award nominated for. 
  • Others artifacts as warranted to substantiate excellence in the award nominated for.

*Certain Award Review Committees (Faculty Senate Development, Research, and Service Committees) may have application packet and components criteria that supersede these criteria; these are set as a minimum. The nominees will be contacted or emailed by these committees with additional information.

Committee Review Structure

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

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

4 Committees

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

Rubrics

Team Award Rubric
Leadership Award Rubric

Strategic Pillars

Student Success Award Rubric
Teaching Staff Award Rubric
Research Staff Award Rubric
Inclusive Excellence Award Rubric
Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability Award Rubric
Community Engagement Staff Award Rubric

Institutional Values

Integrity Award Rubric
Academic Excellence Staff Award Rubric
Discovery and Innovation Staff Award Rubric
Openness and Inclusion Award Rubric
Sustainability Award Rubric
Collaboration Award Rubric

University Awards Feedback


19-20 Award and Years of Service Recipients

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 designed to identify and celebrate individuals that make outstanding contributions to the success of Georgia Southern University.

A total of 25 awards are available annually. This year the review committees awarded 18 recipients. Recipient descriptions of accomplishments were taken directly from the applicant’s packet.

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.

2019 – 2020
University Awards of Excellence
Recipients

Student Success

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

Kimberly Simpson

Assistant Director, Office of Advising

Assistant Director of Advising Kim Simpson is an individual who truly lives and breathes student success every day. Every decision she makes is in the interest of improving student success at Georgia Southern. She is never satisfied with “good enough” and is constantly seeking ways to “do right.”

Ms. Simpson looks at the way advisors approach SOAR and asks if there are better ways to get information to students. She supports her staff in professional development because she knows that the more knowledgeable her advisors are, the better suited they are for front-line student support. She respectfully questions policies when she cannot draw a line between its implementation and student success. 

In her role, Ms. Simpson extensively liaises between advisors and departments to ensure proper course availability to help students progress toward graduation.  She develops and implements events to create and deepen the relationship between the College of Arts and Humanities advisement center and its students, overseeing things like “open house” and “Finals Cheer Week,” where advisors visit our students during finals to share candy, motivational tags and sometimes that crucial blue book or scantron. She takes on much more than her role requires, and is the epitome of a student success supporter.

In her department, not only is she supporting the pillar of student success, she is also its foundation.

Amy Hackney

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

Dr. Amy Hackney, professor of psychology, has a passion for developing a rapport with her students, for being vigilant in remembering that students have complex lives with multiple, unknown stressors, and for creating learning environments inside and outside of the classroom that promote student success for all. 

Because of her efforts at building rapport with her students, Dr. Hackney has become a professor that students trust and seek advice from. No matter what the content, she believes in fostering open discussions with the students in her classes and using guided lectures and values self-affirmation exercises to lean into difficult topics. Dr. Hackney forged a path toward increasing her knowledge of diversity and inclusion best practices and has incorporated a “Respect for Diversity” statement on her course syllabi. As a result, students from various backgrounds come to her for help and advice when facing personal challenges on campus that have the potential to affect their student success. 

Dr. Hackney constantly advocates for and engages students in undergraduate research, and is committed to providing countless hours to students, both in and out of the classroom. To this end, Dr. Hackney created the Georgia Southern University Psychology Student Research Conference, which helps students from each campus to develop academic, personal and professional development skills. The conference will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. In everything she does, Dr. Hackney strives to create an environment that increases feelings of belonging, connection and inclusivity, promoting a larger culture of health and wellness that allows all students to thrive.

Teaching and Academic Excellence

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

John Banter

Teaching Award
Associate Director, Office of Leadership & Community Engagement

Dr. John Banter is a vital member of the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs at Georgia Southern University.  As a Gallup-certified strengths coach and a certified facilitator for the EQ-I 2.0 emotional intelligence inventory, he invests a tremendous amount of time in the education and development of students and gives them the tools to grow and be successful. Through interactions with Dr. Banter – whether it be in one-on-one meetings, classroom or leadership workshops – students can apply leadership theories, assessments and case studies to their personal leadership style. Students realize their potential as leaders and also learn how to apply this knowledge to the practical application of their leadership, both on campus and in their local community. 

The student leaders that come out of Dr. Banter’s programming are some of the best that Georgia Southern has to offer. Through his personal interest and doctoral work, he has stays abreast of current research in the field. He also acts as topic expert for our professional staff by serving as a co-facilitator for the Student Affairs Leadership Development Focus Area Network (FAN), an ongoing training network that provides development considerations, best practices and innovations in the field. Dr. Banter has worked tirelessly to incorporate new and advanced resources into the classroom as well. He consistently keeps up with the technology and social media that students are using and tries to incorporate those tools into their learning. Students praise Dr. Banter’s ability to keep them engaged in their classroom discussions and provide them a meaningful educational experience. Dr. Banter also thinks creatively about program assessment and consistently uses data to make programmatic changes to his functional areas. We are all better professionals because of his contributions. 

Jacque Kelly

Teaching Award
Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geography, College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Jaque Kelly, associate professor of geology and geography, clearly and consistently demonstrates excellence in teaching and has become one of the best, most sought-after instructors in her department. Her strength in teaching resides in her innovative nature, always willing to do more and go beyond for her students. 

For Dr. Kelly, “involve me and I learn” is her main objective when she enters a classroom, and she incorporates teaching that is contagious, makes the material fun, and compels students to be engaged and involved. She uses classroom practices that facilitate active learning so that students will have a special perspective and understanding of the discipline, and develop valuable critical thinking skills. To accomplish these strategies, Dr. Kelly completely revised the department’s lab manuals, which now serve as much more effective teaching tools and have greatly improved students’ comprehension of the subject matter. She also initiated and implemented “flipped” labs in which her students do a pre-lab assignment and complete a directed review activity while she facilitates a student-driven discussion of the material. 

In the classroom, Dr. Kelly is enthusiastic, personable and professional. Students note that her lectures keep them interested and engaged by using a variety of instructional tools and styles. In lectures and discussions, she makes use of pertinent, real-world examples to explain subject matter, and she encourages students to do the same. Dr. Kelly’s devotion to her students’ success is unparalleled. She is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions among her students and brings out the best in all her colleagues. Dr. Kelly’s work ethic, positivity, intelligence and determination make it clear that she is an exemplary instructor and model teacher.

The Academic Excellence award recognizes those individuals who provide or promote educational opportunities or resources that stimulate students’ academic progression and graduation.

Arpita Saha

Academic Excellence Award
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Arpita Saha, associate professor of inorganic chemistry, truly values her role as a teacher, mentor, researcher, and member of the Georgia Southern community. Mentoring is her passion, and guiding students from diverse backgrounds to persist and succeed in STEM is her biggest challenge and reward. Dr. Saha works tirelessly to ensure excellence in inclusive and effective teaching practices so that students can find motivation, purpose, sense of belonging and resources toward the path of success. Her teaching is motivated by improving the learning outcomes of her students. She is a strong mentor to students both in and outside of the classroom. 

To improve outcomes for students, Dr. Saha has spearheaded several programs that go above and beyond her normal scope of faculty instruction. She implemented the Freshman Research Program (IFREE), which is an innovative program that engages freshmen science majors in research, and also founded the Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), a research-based experience in an upper division major’s course. Colleagues say her execution and success with CURE is a tour de force

To perfect her skills, Dr. Saha has attended several professional development activities nationally and internationally, including workshops offered by the Center of Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University. She has published articles on classroom assignments for larger scientific communities, shared several best practices strategies at STEM conferences and the SoTL Common Conference. With such a wealth of conference experience, Dr. Saha has helped her students to be selected and to prepare for peer-reviewed presentations at regional and national conferences. With the infusion of project-based courses, Dr. Saha challenges her students to grow in the critical thinking skills, and at every turn, she affirms their identities as scientists in service to their communities. Dr. Saha is an amazing teacher-scholar who from day one at Georgia Southern stood out for her brilliance, creativity, dedication and discipline.

Research and Discovery & Innovation

The staff award for Research recognizes one staff member for outstanding support in the conduct of research or who have advanced processes, methods and systems through research.

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

Hedly “Lee” Broxton

Research Award
Scholarship & Research Specialist, School of Nursing, Waters College of Health Professions 

Scholarship and Research Specialist Lee Broxton began his service to Georgia Southern as a student. Today, as a valued staff member, Mr. Broxton assists the faculty who once taught him in securing grants and other financial support to change the lives of underserved citizens across Georgia.

In more than five years in this role, Mr. Broxton has been instrumental in securing and managing more than $6.8 million of external funding, has assisted faculty on more than 60 published journal articles, aided in the completion of several book chapters, supported faculty in hundreds of poster presentations, submitted more than 15 grants and has helped with post-award management and coordination. He is a leader in his role, and works continuously and collaboratively with both faculty and students for project success.

On a daily basis, Mr. Broxton is tasked with responsibilities that require intricate knowledge of research processes, and he remains greatly informed about and encourages faculty to pursue relevant grant opportunities. He is highly motivated to produce quality materials for review, and is enthusiastically collaborative with faculty, staff and students to prepare in-depth research for local, regional, and national conferences. His efforts have allowed the School of Nursing and Georgia Southern to expand programming, and he is a stellar ambassador for the work he and other Georgia Southern faculty and students are producing.

Jeffrey Burson

Research Award
Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Jeffrey Burson, associate professor of history, is a tireless scholar that produces meritorious research with significant originality, quality and impact. His incredible work ethic is demonstrated in his international scholarship — doing archival research, writing, revising and editing in France, the UK and the Netherlands, and working with primary sources in French, Spanish, Latin and Italian. 

Dr. Burson’s pace of scholarly production has been nothing if not torrid for the past five years. During the past year alone, he has published a major monograph with Notre Dame University Press; co-edited a book with Anton Matytsin as part of an Oxford University Press series on the Enlightenment; authored an introduction for a special edition of Jesuit Studies; published two additional peer-reviewed articles, one for a prestigious journal; authored another book chapter also published by Oxford University Press; and presented two scholarly papers at professional conferences. His productivity has already out-paced most professional historians during their entire careers. Even more impressive is the fact that he has accomplished all of this despite a heavy teaching schedule. 

The quality of Dr. Burson’s production has more than kept pace with the quantity. Indeed, it has been nothing less than field-changing. Top scholars in his field praise his rigorous research, original arguments and ability to collaborate with many scholars. Some of his publications are cited among the essential readings in his field. In 2018, Dr. Burson was referred to as one of the four “most distinguished historians of the Catholic Enlightenment” worldwide. As a creative, meticulous and prolific researcher, Dr. Burson has immensely contributed to Georgia Southern University.

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

John Egan

Discovery & Innovation Award
Leadership Development Coordinator, Office of Leadership & Community Engagement

Dr. John Egan serves as leadership educator in the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, and has excelled in the area of research. He has not only advanced departmental processes through research methods, but also has advanced scholarly activity. He has built research methods into the work of our students and staff to ensure that we examine the most effective and efficient methods of program operation. This has involved using qualitative methods such as focus groups and interviews to hear directly from students about their experiences as well as quantitative methods through questionnaires to examine the program’s offerings. 

Developing a system of research methods into the department’s normal operation has led the program to be able to make more informed decisions based on reliable data. These research methods have not only focused on programmatic effectiveness, but also have investigated the impact programming has on student learning. Dr. Egan has collaborated with multiple faculty and staff to support research efforts and support findings, and these efforts have led to several publications and presentations, showcasing this work on a national stage. This research directly informs the work we do in our department as administrators of an undergraduate program.

Dr. Egan is currently working on research projects with faculty members on the use of games as a teaching assessment that will support classroom efforts to teach students. It is significant to note that Dr. Egan’s role as a staff member is not “officially” focused on supporting research efforts. Despite his official responsibility for student leadership development on campus, he has engaged in research outside his normal duties to better inform the work of the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement and we are better for it.

Marshall Ming

Discovery & Innovation Award
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Marshall Ming, professor and distinguished chair in materials science, is a very accomplished scholar, particularly in coating science. He has a national and international reputation in the field as can be noted by his many invited lectures, short course instructorships and editorial board memberships. Dr. Ming advocates “out of the box” thinking, and his unique approach and ability to present complicated scientific concepts into readily comprehensible components is remarkable. He exemplifies the University values of Discovery and Innovation.

His cutting-edge research on polymer and coating has produced several high-impact factor journal publications and U.S. patents. He has made important contributions in several functional materials, including seminal work on super-repellent surfaces (one paper cited over 500 times), antifogging/ frost-resisting coatings and non-leaching antimicrobial coatings, which has garnered media attention. In the last five years, Dr. Ming has been awarded major externally funded grants secured from the Office of Naval Research & the United Soybean Board, an industrial grant from Runtai Chemical Company and an NSF-MRI grant to purchase an electro-spinning system for materials research. He has also published 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals, published one book chapter, two patents and two patent applications for new anti-fogging coatings and numerous presentations including 19 invited presentations at national and international meetings. 

Dr. Ming has taken the leadership role in increasing the national visibility of Georgia Southern’s materials program in numerous ways while also regularly volunteering for departmental and college-level committees. His most visible role is as the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Materials Science. In this role, he presides over monthly meetings with faculty from multiple colleges and departments where presentations are made, where members discuss how to improve external proposal submissions, and where faculty solve problems for existing research projects. 

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.

Nikki DiGregorio

Inclusive Excellence Award
Associate Professor, School of Human Ecology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Nikki DiGregorio, associate professor of child and family development, is noteworthy in her continuous engagement in reflective practice to promote the aims of Inclusive Excellence. In her teaching, research, service and mentorship practices, Dr. DiGregorio helps the campus, the larger community and her professional field of practice better recognize, respond to and celebrate human diversity. 

Dr. DiGregorio’s work in the classroom has helped students better understand and appreciate the nature and value of human diversity. In doing so, she is helping prepare students to be a part of an increasingly diverse and multinational workforce. Dr. DiGregorio’s conference presentations, journal articles and book chapters in which the voices of LGBTQIA+ couples, families and individuals are held as valid and important in their own right, is helping to transform how the field of human development and family studies approaches family diversity. 

Her research interests share intersectional focus around social justice, gender, sexuality, language, families, and social policy. More specifically, she studies how marginalized individuals and families navigate social structures, and how this influences their lives. She has been invited to speak at a number of events pertaining to diversity and inclusivity, creating safe spaces for students and faculty, and intersectionality. She has conducted extensive research exploring some of the many faces of discrimination, including but not limited to heterosexism, sexism, genderism, ageism and ableism, which addresses multiple areas outlined within the University’s Inclusive Excellence Strategic Pillar. 

All of Dr. DiGregorio’s professional work, collectively, engages with issues of social justice, social responsibility, and civility. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, all of these efforts help to move our University, and the world forward, all while fostering social change.

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

Sara Nobles

Openness & Inclusion Award
International Student Coordinator,
Office of International Student Admissions & Programs
  

In her role as the International Student Program Coordinator, Ms. Nobles implemented a best practice in international education: creating a mentor (International Friends) program that pairs new international students with current students. This initiative had a dual purpose: to expose different cultures to students at Armstrong, and to help international students feel welcome and supported, which promotes retention and success. 

Finding a gap in the communication between some faculty and staff and the international students with which they work, Sara also created the Global Partners Zone Training program which allows participants to reflect on how differing cultural frameworks can impact their interactions with students. 

Ms. Nobles work as the advisor of the International Student Organization also cannot be overlooked. Under her leadership, the organization includes structured educational components in each activity, which has increased the number of students coming to other activities and staying involved with the organization throughout the year. Since the organization recognizes and celebrates cultures from all around the world, it provides opportunities for any student to step out of their comfort zone and learn to be open-minded about people and experiences outside of their own norm. 

One of her students summarizes her contribution best: “Under her tutelage, the International Student Organization has become a second home for all students, faculty/staff as well as community members. I can truly attest to the effectiveness of the programs implemented by Ms. Nobles. We have a sense of belonging to the University and community, and the transition to a   new country is easier. Her works and continuing efforts are great examples of openness and inclusion, making her deserving for this award.”

Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas

Openness & Inclusion Award
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Arts, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, associate professor of Communication Arts, embodies openness and inclusion by providing a voice that represents her experiences and her identity in a way that serves others and allows them to learn. Her work is present across all campuses through her participation in a variety of panels and sessions, ranging from an analysis of Wakanda presented in Savannah, a discussion of representation in the media at the Statesboro Campus screening of the movie “Red Tails,” to serving as a panelist for a screening of “An Outrage” as part of the Ogeechee International History Film Festival in Statesboro. 

Dr. Desnoyers-Colas has served on several key committees and projects in which her contribution of openness and inclusion have been key to the success of the specific work. Her generous support positively contributes to the university community and superbly represents the university on the national stage. In addition to teaching a number of courses in speech communication, she has served as the coordinator of the Communication Track Professional Communication and Leadership Program, and has served at the national level in a variety of roles. She served on the National Association of African American Studies Task Force on Mentorship, chaired the National Communication Association’s Feminist Women Studies Division, and has been part of National Communication Assembly’s Legislative Assembly. 

She now acts as the departmental representative to the College Diversity Council, and represents the College at the University level. Because of Dr. Desnoyers-Colas and her excellence and dedication to openness and inclusion in all that she undertakes, the Georgia Southern community is stronger and our future is brighter.

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.

Sheryl Lewis

Business Manager, Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management

Sheryl Lewis has been with Georgia Southern University for 25 years, working in the Division of Business and Finance for most of those. Around three years ago, she made the leap to Student Affairs and Enrollment Management — now just Enrollment Management — as the division’s business manager. She was vital in ensuring the division’s split was a success. Her colleagues say they can share countless positive sentiments about Mrs. Lewis’ commitment to her team, her service to her division staff, her caring attitude, and the ways that she goes above and beyond to help every person who asks for her assistance. 

Mrs. Lewis has been very mindful of accounting for resources in the best manner and is interested in the reuse or sharing of expenses to aid in budget reductions. She has a consciousness to utilize existing resources. When working with campus partners, she often says, “If I can help you to be successful, I am successful.” She really is interested in the best outcome for others and the University. 

In addition, Mrs. Lewis’ co-workers say she is one of those rare individuals who can churn out work quickly and accurately, but also has a servant’s heart. In her role in Enrollment Management, her focus is to ensure pillar four of the Strategic Plan: Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability. It’s a goal she doesn’t just pursue because it’s her job, but also because she believes in fiscal responsibility, fairness and process. She is meticulous in ensuring all the details are reviewed and each action is done according to best practice and University/state policy. Her colleagues say this pillar of the Strategic Plan may have been written with her in mind.

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.

LaShai Campbell

Community Engagement Award
Budget Analyst I, Russell Union

LaShai Campbell, a budget analyst in the Russell Union Facilities and Event Services office, cares for a lot more than numbers. In 2017, she co-founded the nonprofit organization Restoring the Breach, Inc. with her husband to bridge gaps in the community between youth, residents and college students. Their organization provides several programs to benefit the community such as literacy programs, financial counseling, baby showers and school supply drives, and assists at the local soup kitchen and health fairs. 

Not only does Mrs. Campbell actively collaborate with community and student leaders, she serves on the front lines. She diligently leaves work every Tuesday and Thursday to tutor K-12 students at the local library. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services, and works with the Jiann Ping-Hsu College of Public Health to provide quality wellness programs to the community. 

Perhaps most importantly, Mrs. Campbell motivates and mentors Georgia Southern students to become involved in the community as well, either by advising the Restoring the Breach student organization or connecting them with other outreach opportunities. One student remarked, “She has pushed and motivated me to be a leader and example at Georgia Southern. Because of LaShai, I have developed professional experience and personal growth in my community.” 

Another student wrote, “I’ve watched myself grow in terms of the care I now exhibit for others and the lengths I see myself willing to go to simply make someone’s day…The heart she has and the care she exhibits for others is not only astonishing to watch, but something that (we) should work towards implementing in our day-to-day lives…I feel at home for the first time since being at Georgia Southern.” 

Mrs. Campbell continues to make an impact on students at Georgia Southern and in Statesboro. Another of her students put it best: “LaShai taught me that there is no limit to the good that empathy and hard work can do for a community.”

Stacy Smallwood

Community Engagement Award
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Authentic, meaningful community engagement is central to who Stacy Smallwood is as a scholar, professional and citizen. As associate professor of community health education and behavior, Dr. Smallwood deeply believes in the power that comes from diverse people coming together in dialogue, debate, reflection and ultimately, action.  

One of the most meaningful service initiatives he is involved in is serving as the moderator for the Bulloch County Beloved Community. It is a grassroots community initiative whose purpose is to plan and implement projects designed to improve relationships, build trust and create opportunities for meaningful dialogue among diverse communities within Statesboro and Bulloch County. As a result of his work with the Beloved Community, the mayor of Statesboro asked him to serve on the newly formed Statesboro Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, also known as “One Boro,” the purpose of which is to foster opportunities for healthy connections between diverse communities within Statesboro through deep listening, community programming and policy advisement. 

On campus, he serves on various committees in the department, college and University level.  His goal is to strengthen Georgia Southern internally and externally by building relationships with community stakeholders. Dr. Smallwood’s work with professional affiliations involves bridging gaps between the profession and community they serve. He serves as the Immediate Past President of the HIV/AIDS section of American Public Health Association. He also serves as a Planning Committee member of the annual Rural HIV Research and Training Conference and a member of the planning committee, assisting with identifying keynote speakers and reviewing abstract submissions. 

Dr. Smallwood has also been an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, and works closely with the Southeast Health Unit Summit on AIDS Care (SEHUSAC), a nonprofit consortium of HIV professionals in the Southeast Health District that seeks to improve the quality of care available to people living with HIV (PLWH) in the district. Through all of these efforts, he exemplifies a passion for community engagement in all that he does.  

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.

Urkovia Andrews

Collaboration Award
Assistant Director, Office of Leadership & Community Engagement

According to her colleagues, Assistant Director for Service Learning Dr. Urkovia Andrews has challenged our institution, our region and higher education as a whole to do better by initiating conversations, facilitating dialogue and dedicating her time to organizations that can make a difference. In everything she does with her department, students, communities and especially vulnerable populations are being built up and strengthened.

In her role, Dr. Andrews looks for crossovers, win-win solutions and opportunities for collaboration. A colleague from a sister USG institution said Dr. Andrews “has a way of pulling everyone together. [She] is passionate about service-learning and providing students with high-impact, transformative experiences. It was this collaborative spirit that drove me to keep in contact with Urkovia as someone to share success, explore challenges and workshop ideas to better the service-learning programs at our institutions.” 

Dr. Andrews trains students in the Service-Learning Facilitators program to be peer educators: organizing, planning and leading projects in collaboration with local non-profits and under the supervision of faculty. She strives to benefit the field of service-learning academically, and is currently working on the final edits for a book chapter proposal which gives insight into the complex relationship between non-profit directors, faculty and service-learning professionals.  Additionally, Dr. Andrews serves on numerous governing boards, committees and task forces, both in the community and at the University and system levels. 

Her colleagues say she is not afraid to question the status quo, ask difficult questions or raise divergent points of view. She listens, builds trust, shares ideas and fosters relationships for the benefit of Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff, our region and beyond.

Meca Williams-Johnson

Collaboration Award
Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, & Reading, College of Education

Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson, professor of curriculum, foundations and reading, exemplifies the essence of service and collaboration. She believes that building strong alumni starts when students arrive on campus, not after they graduate. As such, she strives to enhance students’ skill sets and curriculum to grow their natural curiosity to explore, create, and discover. 

In her role as chair of the tenure and promotion committee within her department, Dr. Williams-Johnson does more than set agendas, she mentors faculty preparing their documents for review. At the college level, she has chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which established several professional development opportunities for faculty such as book circles and online journaling, as well as creating a website to share opportunities with others throughout campus. 

At the University level, she has served on the Faculty Senate as Librarian and Chair for the University Elections Committee, as a representative for COE on the Faculty Development Committee, speaker for Scholar Showcase, and a member of the Organizational Working Group for faculty governance. She is a reliable contributor to each committee and advocate for faculty concerns. In terms of professional service and national leadership, she is heavily involved with the Educational Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, where she has served as conference program chair and the chair for the Early Career Psychologist committee. She also worked within several committees to improve communication (Webinar Committee) and funding opportunities (Early Career Grants Committee) for members around the country. Lastly, her service to the community includes work with the March of Dimes and tutoring for families in rural areas. She has also developed strong ties with East Georgia College to ensure students’ transition seamlessly to Georgia Southern through the Bridge program. 

In summation, her community service experiences have supported families and students from cradle to career. She has collaborated with several faculty and staff members within the college, throughout the university, and within the larger academic community to enhance educational experiences for all students.

Integrity

The Integrity Award honors those who practice ethical awareness in decision making and demonstrate an on-going commitment to integral ethical behavior and practices.

Logan Grodi

Customer Relations Analyst, Information Technology Services

IT Technical Service Specialist Logan Grodi leads by example. An IT representative has to be one of the utmost integrity; this is Logan. The students that work under him are coached to his standards of integrity. This is evident to all who have had his students work on anything in their area. He also gives his co-workers great advice on how to solve problems and how to employ “best practices” that not only affect their specific IT needs, but also the departments they service. 

Many people do not realize that certain actions on their IT hardware can have very negative impacts on the people sharing the network with them. Mr. Grodi strives to meet their needs without doing anything that would be detrimental to anyone else. He does this in a way that makes people understand the ramifications of “going outside of the rules” without making them feel like they are being attacked. He offers them solutions that are acceptable for all standards and still get the job done. 

Integrity is definitely evident in Mr. Grodi’s job performance. He must work in areas where both personal and research confidentiality are very important. He is very careful not to compromise individual, departmental or University security. This doesn’t just mean protecting someone’s accounts or passwords. There are areas to which he has access that are very expensive items — both physical and intellectual — and he is very conscientious with both IT and physical security. Something as simple as leaving a door unlocked in some of these areas could result in losses of more than $100,000. 

Ultimately, Mr. Grodi shows devotion, initiative and leadership for the people with whom he works and to Georgia Southern University.  He is one of IT’s “hidden treasures,” and there is no one more deserving of the Integrity award.

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.  

Commencement Work Group (CWG)

Georgia Southern University’s growth into a complex, multicampus institution made it necessary to engage the University at large in planning commencement events. The newly formed Commencement Work Group (CWG) consists of leaders across the University with expertise in a variety of areas that are essential to providing a successful and safe commencement for our graduates and their guests. 

The efforts of the CWG directly support three Strategic Pillars (Student Success, Academic Excellence, and Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability) and two Institutional Values (Discovery and Innovation and Collaboration). In many instances, the assigned responsibilities for commencement fall outside of the scope of the team member’s regular job duties, but each member of the team recognizes their importance and is enthusiastic about their work. 

The CWG took what was a very difficult and challenging situation and turned it into a tremendous success that showed how a consolidated institution can exceed community expectations. The work of this group is a great example of cross-divisional collaboration. This group produced a fall commencement ceremony that addressed all of the concerns of the University community and was, by all accounts, very successful.  Most importantly, the group worked in a spirit of continuous improvement and cooperation to help shape the experience of graduating students for years to come. The Commencement Work Group has demonstrated the dedication and work ethic that is Georgia Southern University.

Commencement Work Group Members as of January 2020

Ashlea Anderson
Information Technology Services

Dustin Anderson
Provost’s Office, Faculty 

Annalee Ashley
President’s Office, At Large 

Amy Ballagh
Enrollment Management, CWG Co-Chair 

Diane Badakhsh
Continuing Education, CWG Co-Chair 

Nichole Booker
Registrar’s Office, Candidates 

Wallace Brown
Registrar’s Office, Candidates 

Diana Cone
Provost’s Office, Faculty 

Carol Cox
Office of Research, Purchasing & Budget 

David Cutler
Athletics, Ticketing & Gates 

Derrick Davis
Parking & Transportation

Ava Edwards
Enrollment Management, Guest Services 

Amanda Heinz
Continuing Education, Venue 

Jodi Kennedy
Leadership & Community Engagement, Guest Services 

Kendria Lee
President’s Office, Program 

John Lester
University Communications & Marketing, Communications 

Sheryl Lewis
Enrollment Management, Purchasing & Budget 

Scot Lingrell
Enrollment Management, At Large 

Larry Mays
Athletics, Ticketing & Gates 

Adrianne McCollar
Custodial & Grounds, Venue 

Laura McCullough
Public Safety, Risk Management 

America Minc
Campus Recreation & Intramurals, Guest Services 

Cassie Morgan
Registrar’s Office, At Large 

Kelly Nilsson
Public Safety, Risk Management 

Leigh Price
President’s Office, VIP 

Joey Reeves
Information Technology Services

Jason Salzer
Campus Recreation & Intramurals, Program 

Nick Scull
Athletics, Parking & Transportation 

Ashley Thornton
President’s Office, VIP 

Katie Twining
Facilities Services, Venue 

Ashley Walker
Graduate Studies, Candidates 

Jennifer Wise
University Communications & Marketing, Communications 

Jeremiah Womble
Information Technology Services, Production 

Years of Service

Years of Service recipients will receive a photograph taken with the President, a service year certificate, and a service year lapel pin. 

45 Years

Olavi Arens, Professor, Department of History, Academic Affairs

40 Years

Judy Hendrix, Program Specialist, Continuing Education, Academic Affairs

35 Years

Jessica Hines, Professor, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Curtis Ricker, Dean Academic/Professor, College of Arts and Humanities, Academic Affairs

Ellis Sandt, Warehouse Foreman, Armstrong, Logistical Services, Business and Finance

Tomasz Warchol, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, Academic Affairs

30 Years

Martha Abell, Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Ellen Bunch, Budget Analyst III, Budget Office, Business and Finance

Stephen Frawley, Superintendent-Mechanical Operations, Mechanical Maintenance, Business and Finance

Timothy Giles, Professor, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Beverly Graham, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Arts, Academic Affairs

Todd Hizer, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academic Affairs

Caroline Hopkinson, Librarian Assistant Professor, Lane Library, Academic Affairs

Saba Jallow, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Academic Affairs

Herman Johnson, Police Corporal, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

William Levernier, Professor, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Julian Mooney, Director of Graduate Programs, Parker College of Business, Academic Affairs

Walter Pollard, Equipment Mechanic, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Craig Roell, Professor, Department of History, Academic Affairs

Yassaman Saadatmand, Dept Chair/Head AC, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Linda Smith, Senior Administrative Assistant, Department of Geology and Geography, Academic Affairs

Helen Taggart, Professor, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Gregory Vaughan, Information Analyst, Associate, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Stephen Watkins, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Maintenance, Business and Finance

Timothy Whelan, Professor, Department of Literature, Academic Affairs

25 Years

James Akins, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Christopher Baker, Professor, Department of Literature, Academic Affairs

Lillian Brown, Library Technical Assistant, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Patricia Carter, Professor, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Calvain Culberson, Assistant Director of RAC Operations, Student Recreation Center, Student Affairs

Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Academic Affairs

Dora Dupont, Administrative Assistant, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

William English, Carpenter, Structural Maintenance, Business and Finance

Lori Gwinett, Librarian Associate Professor, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Heidi Harsha, Systems Software Developer, Intermediate, Enterprise Application Service, Office of the President

Danny Henry, Groundskeeper, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Joseph Jeffers, Research Systems Administrator, Computational Research Support, Office of the President

Catherine Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Academic Affairs

Delores Liston, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, Academic Affairs

Christopher McBride, Civil Rights Investigator, Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, Office of the President

Steven Moss, Professor, Department of Enterprise Systems and Analytics, Academic Affairs

Onyile Onyile, Professor, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Sara Plaspohl, Associate Dean & ASOP, Waters College of Health Professions, Academic Affairs

Kent Rittschof, Dept Head-Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, Academic Affairs

Camille Rogers, Associate Professor, Department of Enterprise Systems and Analytics, Academic Affairs

Reed Smith, Professor, Department of Communication Arts, Academic Affairs

Kendall Turner, Groundskeeper, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Carol Waller, Senior Administrative Assistant, Department of Marketing, Academic Affairs

Christine Whitlock, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academic Affairs

Kimberly Wiggins, Human Resources Associate, Office of Human Resources, Business and Finance

Janie Wilson, Professor, Department of Psychology, Academic Affairs

Gregory Wimer, Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Teresa Winterhalter, Associate Dean/Professor, College of Arts and Humanities , Academic Affairs

Alan Zwald, Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

20 Years

Tabitha Anderson, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs

Anthony Barilla, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Gregory Brock, Professor, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Linda Carwell, Business Operations Manager, RAC Operations, Student Affairs

Amelia Castilian-Moore, Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Resource Center, Student Accessibility Resource Center, Student Affairs

Kathleen Comerford, Professor, Department of History, Academic Affairs

Angela Cook, Systems Software Developer, Intermediate, Enterprise Application Service, Office of the President

Lisa Denmark, Associate Professor, Department of History, Academic Affairs

Brenda Edenfield, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management

Steven Engel, Director Academic-ASOP, University Honors Program, Academic Affairs

Sharon Gilliard-Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, Academic Affairs

Sara Grimes, Lecturer, Department of Management, Academic Affairs

Alice Hall, Professor, School of Human Ecology, Academic Affairs

Sarah Hancock, Lecturer, Department of Music, Academic Affairs

Josephine Hanschke, Educational Program Specialist II, Academic Success Center, Academic Affairs

Andrew Hansen, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Academic Affairs

Patricia Hart, Customer Relationship Analyst, Student Technology Fee, Office of the President

Rodney Hennon, Head Baseball Coach, Extramural Physical Activities, Office of the President

Angel Howard, Chief Information Security Officer, IT Security, Office of the President

Tyndall Jackson, Director of Sports Information, Sports Information, Office of the President

Dorothy Kempson, Director of the Liberty Center, Liberty Campus, Academic Affairs

Sybil Kirkland, Accounts Payable Assistant, Financial Accounting Office, Business and Finance

Brian Koehler, Asst Dean Academic/ASOP, College of Science and Mathematics, Academic Affairs

John Kraft, Associate Dean & Professor, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Academic Affairs

Christine Ludowise, Associate Provost for Student Success, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs

Larry Mays, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs, Extramural Physical Activities, Office of the President

Starla McCollum, Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Richard McGrath, Professor, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Bridget Melton, Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Donna Mullenax, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, Academic Affairs

Karen Nunnally, Accountant I, Bursar’s Office, Business and Finance

Edie Olliff, Lecturer, School of Accountancy, Academic Affairs

Michael Pemberton, Professor, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Sheila Porter, Systems Administrator, Enterprise Infrastructure, Office of the President

Deborah Reese, Associate Professor, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Laura Regassa, Professor, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Edward Rinalducci, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Academic Affairs

Cheryl Rogers, Staff Assistant, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Amy Rowell, Career Development Specialist, Career Services, Student Affairs

Janice Stanford, WEB Content Manager, University Communications and Marketing,

Gloria Stuart, Lecturer, School of Accountancy, Academic Affairs

Marian Tabi, Professor, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Desiree West, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Matthew Williamson, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

15 Years

Lorenza Beati Ziegler, Professor, James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science, Academic Affairs

Benjamin Bentley, Laboratory Technician, Department of Communication Arts, Academic Affairs

Diana Botnaru, Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Thomas Buckhoff, Associate Professor, School of Accountancy, Academic Affairs

Myka Campbell, Instructor, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, Academic Affairs

George Davies, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Academic Affairs

Andrew Diamanduros, Academic Professional, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Terry Diamanduros, Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Academic Affairs

Suzette Dillard, Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Financial Aid, Enrollment Management

Karen Heller, Staff Assistant, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Robert Jackson, Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy, Academic Affairs

Wayne Johnson, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Academic Affairs

Howard Keeley, Assistant Professor, Department of Literature, Academic Affairs

Barbara King, Lecturer, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Academic Affairs

Gregory Knofczynski, Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Rochelle Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, Academic Affairs

Kendria Lee, Director, Economic Development & Community Relations, Chief of Staff and External Affairs, Office of the President

Willene McMillan, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Willie Mikell, Licensed Practical Nurse, General Health Services, Business and Finance

Tony Morris, Professor, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Linda Mullen, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, Academic Affairs

Lisa K Muller, Lecturer, Department of Communication Arts, Academic Affairs

Tonya Owens, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Reinhard Piltner, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Rebecca Rhinehart, Clery Compliance & Records Mgr, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Carol Ruffo, Nurse Manager, General Health Services, Business and Finance

Pamela Sears, Professor, Department of Communication Arts, Academic Affairs

Jack Simmons, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Academic Affairs

Wei Tu, Professor, Department of Geology and Geography, Academic Affairs

Ruth Whitworth, Academic Professional AC, Public Health General, Academic Affairs

Francois Ziegler, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

10 Years

Mohammad Ahad, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Academic Affairs

Lisa Akers, Research Coordinator, College of Education, Academic Affairs

John Ard, Librarian Lecturer, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Jason Beck, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Jennifer Berghoff, Budget Manager for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs

Mark Braswell, Director of Retail Brands & Catering, Eagle Dining Services, Business and Finance

Lisa Bridges, Office Manager, University Communications and Marketing,

Krista Briel, Associate Director of Research Services, Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs, Academic Affairs

David Bringman, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Academic Affairs

Sally Brown, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, Academic Affairs

Tricia Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Avia Brown, Assistant Manager, Lakeside Cafe, Business and Finance

Jermaine Bryant, Library Technical Assistant, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Darius Butts, General Manager (Large Operations), Chick-Fil-A, Business and Finance

Janee Cardell, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Gwendolyn Carroll, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Sharon Chavers, Production Chef, Lakeside Cafe, Business and Finance

Stephen Collins, Men’s Golf Coach, Men’s Golf, Office of the President

Cynthia Costa, Senior Lecturer, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Lydia Cross, Assessment Coordinator, College of Education, Academic Affairs

Francis Desiderio, Associate Director of University Honors, University Honors Program, Academic Affairs

John DiCesare, Associate Dept Chair-Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academic Affairs

Lawrence Driggers, Carpentry Supervisor, Structural Maintenance, Business and Finance

Emily Eisenhart, Instructor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Academic Affairs

Nellie Floyd, Custodial Foreman, University Housing, Business and Finance

Stacy Floyd, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

Zwisel Gandia Torres, Associate Dean of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Dean of Students, Student Affairs

Marie Graf, Instructor, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Ben Green, Assistant Head Baseball Coach-Pitching, Men’s Baseball, Office of the President

Sara Gremillion, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Annette Harlie, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

Angela Harn, Communications Officer, Advancement & External Affairs, Office of the President, University Communciations and Marketing

Spencer Harp, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Academic Affairs

Amanda Hedrick, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Megan Heins, Director of Residential Education, Resident Life, Business and Finance

Nicholas Herrington, Painter, Structural Maintenance, Business and Finance

Elsie Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Charles Hodges, Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Academic Affairs

John Hodges, Groundskeeper, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Jay Hodgson, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Jesse Hopkins, Electrical Foreman, University Housing, Business and Finance

Fern Howard, Executive Assistant, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Samantha Hutto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Office of Financial Aid, Enrollment Management

Justin Janney, Associate Vice President for Finance, Finance Division, Business and Finance

Sharon Jenkins, Certified Medical Assistant, General Health Services, Business and Finance

Cynthia Jones, Chef de Cuisine, Lakeside Cafe, Business and Finance

Stephanie Jones, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, College of Education, Academic Affairs

Kristin Karam, Interim Director, Office of Global Engagement, Academic Affairs

Seonghoon Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Academic Affairs

Joshua Lambert, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Eric Landers, Associate Professor, Department of Elementary and Special Education, Academic Affairs

Bruce Lehman, Carpenter, University Housing, Business and Finance

Nikiya Lewis, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Thomas Markovcic, Electrical Supervisor, Mechanical Maintenance, Business and Finance

Adam Martin, Assistant Director of Career Development, Career Services, Student Affairs

Ginny McPhail, Lecturer, Department of Finance, Academic Affairs

Thomas Mikell, Director of Financial Accounting & Assistant Controller, Financial Accounting Office, Business and Finance

Robert Noah, Senior Graphics Technician, Structural Maintenance, Business and Finance

Mary Poe, Assistant Director of Institutional Research, Institutional Research, Enrollment Management

Ria Ramoutar, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academic Affairs

Deandra Raymond, Budget Analyst I, Office of Global Engagement, Academic Affairs

Lynne Reed, Maintenance Worker, Student Union Facilities & Event Services, Student Affairs

Daniel Riggs, Grounds Foreman, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Rebecca Robertson, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

April Robinson, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

Sabrina Ross, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, Academic Affairs

Jeffery Secrest, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Academic Affairs

Chasen Smith, Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Carol Smith, Administrative Assistant, Student Accessibility Resource Center, Student Affairs

Lina Soares, Professor, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Academic Affairs

Alexander Stokolos, Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Lace Svec, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Reid Tatum, General Manager (Small Operation), GUS Mart, Business and Finance

Jamie Thomas, Human Resources Manager, Office of Human Resources, Business and Finance

Masahiko Uchida, Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Melissa VanHall, Customer Relationship Analyst, Student Technology Fee, Office of the President

James Walker, Carpenter, Structural Maintenance, Business and Finance

Joshua Wallace, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Karen Wells, Administrative Specialist, College of Business Office of Graduate Programs, Academic Affairs

David Wiggins, Plumber, Mechanical Maintenance, Business and Finance

Frank Williams, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Curtis Williams, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Kim Wingfield, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of the President,

Shaowen Xu, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Academic Affairs

Melanie Yarley, Dispatcher, University Housing, Business and Finance

5 Years

Daniel Adams, Assistant Athletic Director of Fan Experience & Promotions, Extramural Physical Activities, Office of the President

Atin Adhikari, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Academic Affairs

Mete Akcaoglu, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Academic Affairs

Omar Ali, Program Director-BioMat, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Kerrin Allen, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Monique Aller, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Academic Affairs

April Almazan, Communications Officer, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Dragos Amarie, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Academic Affairs

Judith Amore, Assistant Manager, Dining Commons, Business and Finance

Danira Beckmann, IT Project Manager, Information Technology Services, Office of the President

Blaine Bennett, Network Administrator, Enterprise Networking, Office of the President

Renee Berry, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Joshua Berry, HVAC Mechanic, University Housing, Business and Finance

Srobana Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Academic Affairs

Brenda Blackwell, Associate Dean & Professor, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Academic Affairs

Jessica Bodily, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Academic Affairs

Monique Bos, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Shalah Bowden, Financial Services Assistant Accounting Manager, Financial Accounting Office, Business and Finance

Justin Brabham, Electrician, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Heather Bradley, Human Resources Coordinator, University Housing, Business and Finance

Daniel Bragg, Asst Director Adv Mat, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Ashley Brooks, Custodial Foreman, University Housing, Business and Finance

Christopher Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Academic Affairs

Benjamin Brown, Groundskeeper, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Lee Broxton, Administrative Assistant, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Timothus Burnette, Custodial Foreman, University Housing, Business and Finance

Christy Byczkoski, Nurse Practitioner, General Health Services, Business and Finance

La Shai Campbell, Budget Analyst, Student Union Facilities & Event Services, Student Affairs

Stephen Carden, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Julia Carter, Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence, Academic Affairs

Kelly Carter, Head Track & Field Coach, Extramural Physical Activities, Office of the President

Christopher Cartright, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Steven Charlier, Dept Chair-Assoc Prof, Department of Management, Academic Affairs

Zhan Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Richard Cleveland, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Academic Affairs

Morgan Clifton, Academic Advisor II, College of Science and Mathematics, Academic Affairs

Caitlyn Cofer, Assistant Director of Career Development, Career Services, Student Affairs

Aaron Cohen, Administrative Coordinator, Botanic Garden, Academic Affairs

Chelsey Connor, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

Nedra Cossa, Assistant Professor, Department of Elementary and Special Education, Academic Affairs

Linda Covino, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management

Brittany Cox, Assistant Track & Field Coach, Women’s Cross Country Track, Office of the President

Francisco Cubas Suazo, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Academic Affairs

David Cutler, Associate Director of Athletic Development, Extramurals Development, Office of the President

Kye Daniels, Staff Assistant, Continuing Education-Savannah, Academic Affairs

Nicole Davis, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academic Affairs

Timothy Davis, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Kile Deal, Systems Software Developer, Intermediate, Auxiliary IT Services, Office of the President

Stephanie Del Forn, Assistant Director of Admissions – Technology, Office of Admissions, Enrollment Management

Nikki DiGregorio, Associate Professor, School of Human Ecology, Academic Affairs

Jennifer Dippolito, Accountant II, Research Accounting, Business and Finance

Kenneth Dubose, Pilot Plant Tech II, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

James Durden, Parking Services Monitor, Parking & Transportation, Business and Finance

Austin Edris, Administrative Assistant, Office of Admissions, Enrollment Management

Vernessa Ellis, Licensed Practical Nurse, General Health Services, Business and Finance

Robert Farber, Professor, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Charles Futch, Maintenance Worker, Mechanical Maintenance, Business and Finance

Robert Futch, Communications Engineer, Telecommunications, Office of the President

Samuel Garrison, Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services, Student Athlete Services, Academic Affairs

Delinda Gaskins, Administrative Assistant, Institutional Research, Enrollment Management

Christina Gipson, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Frank Glenn, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Academic Affairs

John Golden, Groundskeeper, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Pamela Goodman, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Career Services, Student Affairs

Debbie Griner, Degree Program Assistant, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management

Michele Guidone, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Antonio Gutierrez De Blume, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, Academic Affairs

Stephanie Hairston, Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy, Academic Affairs

Tracy Ham, Senior Associate Athletics Director of Internal Operations, Extramural Physical Activities, Office of the President

Hudarphus Hardnett, Admissions Processor, Office of Admissions, Enrollment Management

Steven Harper, Dept Head-Prof, Department of Music, Academic Affairs

William Henry, Financial Services Assistant Accounting Manager, Bursar’s Office, Business and Finance

Deanna Hitchcock, Production Chef, Dining Commons, Business and Finance

Patrick Holloway, Police Sergeant, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Smith Holloway, Degree Program Assistant, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management

Rodrick Holsey, Assistant Director of Custodial Services-Res Facilities, University Housing, Business and Finance

Keno Holt, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

Ronald Holton, Auto Shop Mechanic, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Timothy Holton, IT Business Analyst, Intermediate, Enterprise Application Service, Office of the President

John Hom, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Brandon Hunt, Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Academic Affairs

Anthony Hunter, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Elizabeth Huss, Accountant I, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Duc Huynh, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Natalie Ingalsbe, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Jordan Ivey, Store Operations Associate, Tech Corner, Business and Finance

Kevin Jennings, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Academic Affairs

Anne Johnson, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Financial Aid, Enrollment Management

Janina Jones, Academic Advisor I, College of Education, Academic Affairs

Jeffery Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Academic Affairs

Dontavious Jones, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Denise Jones, Custodial Foreman, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Jenice Jones, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Joshua Kennedy, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Academic Affairs

Diane Kessel, Lecturer, Department of Music, Academic Affairs

Dannie Kiely, Police Lieutenant, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Houston Kirkland, Assistant Director of Procurement & Contract Services, Purchasing, Business and Finance

James Kittinger, Business Operations Manager, Campus Recreation & Intramurals, Student Affairs

Emily Kuhfeld, Women’s Golf Coach, Extramural Physical Activities, Office of the President

Jimmy Lane, Pilot Plant Supervisor, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

David Langley, Associate Professor, Department of Music, Academic Affairs

Chelsea Lanier, Academic Advisor I, Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, Academic Affairs

Kevin Lavender, Assistant Manager, Dining Commons, Business and Finance

Madison Lee, Financial Services Manager, Bursar’s Office, Bursar’s Office, Business and Finance

Bridget Lee, Student Services Coordinator, Student Union Facilities & Event Services, Student Affairs

Mao Lin, Associate Professor, Department of History, Academic Affairs

Lisa Lockhart, Administrative Assistant, Building Operations, Business and Finance

Yuka Loveless, Senior Administrative Assistant, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Academic Affairs

Stacy Lucas, Certified Medical Assistant, General Health Services, Business and Finance

Celine Manoosingh, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Academic Affairs

Robert Mans, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Keri Mans, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Academic Affairs

William Mase, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Academic Affairs

Ricky McKuhen, Maintenance Supervisor, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Ronald Mehelic, Systems Analyst, Intermediate, Enterprise Infrastructure, Office of the President

Aakash Mehta, Lecturer, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Mia Merlin, Lecturer, Department of Art, Academic Affairs

Marsha Miller, Administrative Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence, Academic Affairs

Justin Miller, Grounds Foreman, Grounds Operations, Business and Finance

Matthew Mock, Network Administrator, Enterprise Networking, Office of the President

Christel Monk, Administrative Coordinator, Center for Wildlife Education, Academic Affairs

Candice Moore, Optician, Eagle Eye Care, Business and Finance

Kylie Moore, Research Analyst II, Institutional Research, Enrollment Management

Noriko Mori Kolbe, Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages, Academic Affairs

Alexander Morris, Police Officer, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Andrew Mosley, Staff Assistant, Eagle Card Program, Business and Finance

Elizabeth Mundhenke, Senior Administrative Assistant, Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, Academic Affairs

Joshua Murray, Custodian, Custodial Operations, Business and Finance

Saeed Nasseh, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Christina Ndaluka, Lecturer, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Brittany Nichols, Academic Advisor II, Parker College of Business, Academic Affairs

Christy O’Neal, Senior Administrative Assistant, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Gary Oglesby, Millwright, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

Samuel Opoku, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Academic Affairs

Amy Perry, Educational Program Specialist II, English Language Program, Academic Affairs

Celine Pfund, Instructor, School of Nursing, Academic Affairs

Maria Phillips, General Manager (Large Operations), Starbucks, Business and Finance

Benjamin Phillips, Leadership & Community Engagement Coordinator, Leadership & Community Engagement, Student Affairs

Daniel Pioske, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Academic Affairs

Ann Price, Academic Advisor II, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Academic Affairs

Meredith Quattlebaum, Educational Psychologist, Regents Center for Learning Disorders, Academic Affairs

Ryan Richardson, Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Enterprise Infrastructure, Office of the President

Amanda Rickard, Clinical Psychologist, Regents Center for Learning Disorders, Academic Affairs

Sara Emily Ridgway-Jones, Administrative Specialist, Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies, Academic Affairs

Desiree Riley, Limited Term INST-Regular, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Richard Robbins, Operations Director, Herty, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, University Advancement

James Roberts, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Academic Affairs

Daniel Roberts, Research Analyst II, Institutional Research, Enrollment Management

Donald Ross, Staff Assistant, Office of Financial Aid, Enrollment Management

Mariana Saenz-Ayala, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Academic Affairs

Adel Sayedahmed, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Academic Affairs

Barbara Serianni, Assistant Professor, Department of Elementary and Special Education, Academic Affairs

Lindy Sherwood, Customer Relationship Analyst, Information Technology Services, Office of the President

Minchul Shin, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Academic Affairs

Nicholas Shrader, Director of Resident Life, Armstrong Housing P3, Business and Finance

Bishal Silwal, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Academic Affairs

David Simpson, Director of Student Media Administration, Student Media Administration, Student Affairs

Sarah Singleton, Staff Assistant, Regents Center for Learning Disorders, Academic Affairs

Stacy Smallwood, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Academic Affairs

Christopher Smith, Lecturer, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Academic Affairs

Chelda Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Elementary and Special Education, Academic Affairs

Donna Smith, Administrative Assistant, Office of Admissions, Enrollment Management

Alphonso Smoot, Custodian, University Housing, Business and Finance

Brian Sowell, Project Manager I, Division of Facilities Services, Business and Finance

Jessica Spearman, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Academic Affairs

Gloria Stuart, Lecturer, School of Accountancy

Kelly Sullivan, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Academic Affairs

Eileen Swan, Academic Advisor II, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Academic Affairs

John Swett, Customer Relationship Analyst, Information Technology Services, Office of the President

Matthew Syno, Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Mary Thaler, Senior Administrative Assistant, i²STEMe Institute, Academic Affairs

Dylitchrous Thompson, Information Analyst, Associate, Library General Operations, Academic Affairs

Ashley Thornton, Administrative Specialist, Office of the President,

Timothy Tolentino, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academic Affairs

Kathryn Twining, Associate Vice President for Facilities Services, Division of Facilities Services, Business and Finance

Ashlie Tyson, Academic Advisor II, Armstrong Advisement Center, Academic Affairs

Jana Underwood, Lecturer, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Academic Affairs

Heather Valentine, Academic Advisor II, Armstrong Advisement Center, Academic Affairs

Jacqueline Varnell, Instructor, Department of Mathematical Science, Academic Affairs

Kimberly Vedder, Communications Officer, Office of Public Safety, Business and Finance

Angelina Ward, Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Financial Aid, Enrollment Management

Jerry Ann Weaver, Administrative Assistant, General Health Services, Business and Finance

Barbara Weiss, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management

Pamela Wells, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Academic Affairs

Mary Wells, Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Academic Affairs

Maliece Whatley, Senior Lecturer, School of Accountancy, Academic Affairs

Oscar Wiggins, Shipping & Receiving Clerk, Logistical Services, Business and Finance

Rachel Wilburn, Student Services Coordinator, Leadership & Community Engagement, Student Affairs

TimMarie Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Lisa Wilson, Executive Assistant I, College of Education, Academic Affairs

Charles Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Academic Affairs

Wendy Woodrum, Associate Vice President for Planning & Analysis, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Business and Finance

Wesley Woods, EH&S Technician, Environmental Health & Safety, Business and Finance

Naomi Woods, Administrative Assistant, Parking & Transportation, Business and Finance

Haley Worst, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Academic Affairs

Carol Yarley, Learning Commons Associate, Lane Library, Academic Affairs

Jingjing Yin, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Academic Affairs

Jennifer Zorotovich, Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, Academic Affairs

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

Helen Bland, Co-Chair, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Ava EdwardsCo-Chair, Director, Office of Alumni Relations

Katrina EmbreyAssistant Professor, School of Nursing, Waters College of Health Professions

Andrew HansenAssociate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

DeAnn LewisAccounting Information Analyst, University Budget Office, 2020-2021 Staff Council Chair-Elect

Trina SmithExecutive Assistant to the Provost, Office of the Provost, 2020-2021 Staff Council Chair 

Christine WhitlockProfessor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics

Contact: gsawards@georgiasouthern.edu

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.

Eligibility

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.