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Faculty and Staff Award Recipients 2019–20

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Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence

Each year, the Mississippi Legislature sponsors the Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE). A faculty member who has exhibited outstanding accomplishments in the areas of research, teaching and service from each participating member institution of the Mississippi Association of Colleges is recognized during the HEADWAE events.

MarkerAlan Shiller, Ph.D.
Professor, Marine Science

  

Southern Miss Nominee, IHL Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

Each year during Black History Month, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in diversity and inclusion through outstanding contributions to the positive advancement of diversity on campus and/or within the university community, has implemented new and progressive best practices of effective teaching and learning strategies, has exemplified the service our universities provide to local communities and the state, and whose accomplishments have benefited all Mississippians.

MarkerSusan Mayfield-Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Public Health

  

Southern Miss Nominees, National Endowment for the Humanities Award

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend provides faculty with the opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge and to the public’s understanding of the humanities. Two faculty members were selected to represent The University of Southern Mississippi in the 2020 NEH competition.

MarkerDouglas Bristol, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History

MarkerCandice Salyers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dance

 

Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award

This endowment was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty excellence in instruction and research. The review committee selected the following faculty members as recipients of the Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award.

“Khaki Globe Trotters: Black GIs and their Quest for Economic Equality During World War II”

 MarkerDouglas Bristol, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History

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“Discerning the Appropriate Interruption Strategy to Prevent Arterial Stiffening Following a Prolonged Bout of Uninterrupted Sitting”

MarkerDaniel Credeur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

MarkerStephanie McCoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

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“Cooperative Breeding as a Consequence of Cumulative Thermal Stress in Fiddler Crabs”

MarkerM. Zachary Darnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Coastal Sciences

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“The News in Transition: The Decline and Rebirth of Journalism in America”  

MarkerDavid Davies, Ph.D.
Professor, Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising

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“Internet Delivered Parent Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT)”

MarkerBrad Dufrene, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

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“Project Management Professional”  

MarkerMary Funk, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

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“Intensification of Old-Time Fiddle Tune Choices and Performance Techniques”

MarkerChristopher Goertzen, Ph.D.
Professor, Music

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“Intimacy Directing Training”

MarkerCaitlyn Herzlinger, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Theatre

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“The CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute 2020”

MarkerJ. Taylor Hightower, D.M.
Associate Professor, Music

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“Data and Failure: A Collaborative Study of First-year Composition” 

MarkerJoyce Inman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English

MarkerRebecca Powell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

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“Spider Log: An Interleaved Practice System with Visual Feedback”

MarkerDanilo Mezzadri, D.M.A.
Professor, Music

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“The Effect of Acute Fatigue on Cognitive Attention and Balance”

MarkerJeffrey Parr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences

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“Fostering Parent Engagement in Mathematics Education through Math Power” 

MarkerErin Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

 

Summer Grants for Improvement of Instruction

The Summer Grants for Improvement of Instruction are awarded to faculty members who are committed to the ongoing development of new and innovative teaching strategies or techniques that ultimately result in the improvement or assessment of student learning.

Erin Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Vickie Reed, M.S.
Instructor, Public Health

Jo Hawkins-Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Mariann Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Kalyn Lamey, M.S.
Instructor, Mathematics

Jennifer Regan, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology 

Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor, Public Health

Leah Fonder-Solano, Ph.D.
Professor, World Languages

Bryan Spuhler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences


Association for College and University Educators Faculty Development Institute (ACUE)

Since fall 2016, The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Faculty Fellows annually to participate in the Association for College and University Educators (ACUE) Faculty Development Institute. Faculty Fellows work together in cohorts of roughly 15 over the course of three semesters to explore evidence-based techniques for effective course design, assessment of student learning, and teaching methodologies. The Institute is rooted in a 25-module online course that Faculty Fellows complete, but the heart of the program is the weekly facilitated meetings to discuss the online content with a diverse group of colleagues. We are proud of the community the Institute has built, and the national recognition this program has gained for record completion rates for the online course and exceptionally strong performance of our faculty. This program is housed within the Center for Faculty Development and continues to expand its membership. 

USM Certificate in Promoting Engaged and Active Learning

LaWanda Baskin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Banu Bas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Emily Bes, M.P.H.
Lecturer, Public Health

Gregory Bradley, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Management

J. Theresa Bush, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Theatre

Teresa Cartwright, M.S.
Lecturer, Nutrition and Food Systems 

Leffi Cewe-Malloy, M.Arch.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Construction and Design

Kenneth Christensen, M.A.
Instructor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Stephen Coleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising

Susan Dobson, M.P.H.
Lecturer, Public Health

Jacob Esplin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Holly Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Educational Research and Administration

Xuyang He, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Chelsey Holden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Alecia Hollis, M.S.N.
Visiting Instructor, Professional Nursing Practice

Carolyn Holloway, M.S.N.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice 

Joann Judge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Rajamohan Kalluru, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Ann Marie Kinnell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Wonryull Koh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Ramakalavathi Marapareddy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Whitney Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, English

John Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Sport Management

Maitreyee Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology

Mya Rome, M.S.
Visiting Instructor, Child and Family Sciences

Jeremy Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Lauren Smith, M.F.A.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Dance

Mariann Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Karl Wallace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Fan Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Construction and Design

 

USM Certificate in Assessment of Teaching and Learning

Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Banu Bas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Marketing

LaWanda Baskin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Emily Bes, M.P.H.
Lecturer, Public Health

Francis Bozzolo, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences

Gregory Bradley, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Management

Alyson Brink, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Geology

Heather Broadhead, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering

J. Theresa Bush, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Theatre

Teresa Cartwright, M.S.
Lecturer, Nutrition and Food Systems

Leffi Cewe-Malloy, M.Arch.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Construction and Design

Allen Chen, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Kenneth Christensen, M.A.
Instructor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Nicholas Ciraldo, D.M.A.
Professor, Music

Adam Clay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

Stephen Coleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Communication

Susan Dobson, M.P.H.
Lecturer, Public Health

Jacob Esplin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Holly Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Educational Research and Administration

Josh Haynes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History

Xuyang He, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Chelsey Holden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Alecia Hollis, M.S.N.
Visiting Instructor, Professional Nursing Practice

Mary Ann Holt, M.A.
Lecturer, Spanish

Joann Judge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Rajamohan Kalluru, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Ann Marie Kinnell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Wonryull Koh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Ramakalavathi Marapareddy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Whitney Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, English

John Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Sport Management

Maitreyee Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology

Pam Rollins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English

Mya Rome, M.S.
Visiting Instructor, Child and Family Sciences

Candice Salyers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dance

Jeremy Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Lauren Smith, M.F.A.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Dance

Kelley Stricklin, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Elementary Education

Mariann Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Elizabeth Tinnon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Nursing 

Karl Wallace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Fan Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Construction and Design

 

ACUE Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Amy Arrington, J.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Public Health

Chris Balaski, M.S.
Professor of Practice, Marketing

LaWanda Baskin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Catharine Bomhold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science

Francis Bozzolo, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences

Gregory Bradley, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Management

Alyson Brink, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Geology

Heather Broadhead, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering

Sam Bruton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Joanne Cao, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Leffi Cewe-Malloy, M.Arch.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Construction and Design

Adam Clay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

Stephen Coleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Communication

Chris Croft, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Matthew Donahue, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Jacob Esplin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Aaron J. Fath, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychology

Holly Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Educational Research and Administration

Kevin Greene, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History

Laura Gulledge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Josh Haynes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History

Angel Herring, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Chelsey Holden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Mary Ann Holt, M.A.
Lecturer, Spanish

Joyce Inman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

Joann Judge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Rajamohan Kalluru, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Maitreyee Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology

Lawrence Patihis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Pam Rollins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English

Candice Salyers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dance

Lauren Smith, M.F.A.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Dance

Marek Steedman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science

Kelley Stricklin, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Elementary Education

Mariann Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Elizabeth Tinnon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Nursing

Rebecca Tuuri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History

Karl Wallace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Russ Willis, J.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Management

Reginald Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Accounting

 

Faculty Leadership Institute Fellows

The Faculty Leadership Institute Fellows are awarded to faculty who are invested as leaders in their professional disciplines and the interdisciplinary community and committed to ongoing leadership development. 

Nicholas Ciraldo, D.M.A.
Professor, Music

David Cochran, Ph.D.
Professor, Geography and Geology

Matthew Donahue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry

Dana Fennell, Ph.D.
Professor, Sociology

SherRhonda Gibbs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

Julie Hammond, M.F.A.
Professor, Dance 

Jay Howell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Marti Jordan, Ph.D.
Assistant Visiting Professor, Nursing

Sara Jordan, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

Sandra Nichols, Ph.D.
Professor, Special Education

 
  

Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award

The Center for Community Engagement works with numerous Southern Miss faculty who dedicate their time to innovative teaching methods that combine service and learning for a powerful impact on both students and our community. The Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award recognizes a USM faculty member who demonstrates teaching excellence through student learning experiences that address critical community needs.

MarkerCatharine Bomhold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science 

 

Graduate Mentor of the Year Award

The Graduate Mentor of the Year Award is presented to a faculty member with a minimum of five years of experience at USM who demonstrates a commitment to fostering the intellectual, scholarly and professional development of his/her graduate students. The recipient is nominated by a current or former graduate student and is valued for his/her accessibility to students, willingness to assist as students learn to teach and perform research, assistance in developing professional networks and providing opportunities to attend professional conferences and disseminate research findings, and high expectations for excellence.

MarkerJameela Lares, Ph.D.
Professor, English 


Division of Student Affairs Awards

Peter Durkee Superstar Award

Dr. Durkee served as the division's senior officer for 25 years, and during that time, his support for student services—such as career development and student wellness—made a significant impact on the university. This support and many additional actions have contributed to the success of thousands of Southern Miss students. The Peter Durkee Superstar Award recognizes an employee or ensemble within the Division of Student Affairs for significant contributions to the mission and realization of the vision. 

MarkerNneka Ayozie
Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement 

 

Joe Paul Rising Star Award

Dr. Joe Paul quickly made his mark in 1976 when he began in his first role as assistant director for the R.C. Cook Student Union and was quickly promoted to roles including dean of students and vice president for Student Affairs. The Joe Paul Rising Star Award recognizes new employees who, like the award's namesake, have also hit the ground running by displaying exemplary efforts toward advancing the division's mission and vision through our values of civility, education, engagement, integrity and wellness. All DSA full-time employees hired within the last two years are eligible for nomination.

MarkerChelsea Clifton
Mental Wellness Counselor, USM Student Counseling Services

 

Pillar of Student Affairs

This commendation celebrates excellent work and dedication from the division’s office administrators and technicians and facility maintenance and housekeeping personnel. In addition to demonstrating outstanding customer service, efficiency and consistency in their work, those nominated for this award will contribute to positive environments for colleagues and students with whom they interact. In short, these individuals help make Southern Miss a place people want to be. 

MarkerGail Sledge
Lead Medical Office Assistant, Moffitt Health Center

 

Distinguished Friend of Student Affairs

Student Affairs interacts with partners across the university, as well as in local, regional and national communities. A Distinguished Friend of Student Affairs will be a partner whose dedication or contribution to divisional or departmental missions is especially significant and deserving of recognition. Only those who are not employed within the division are eligible for this distinction.

MarkerLaura Laughlin
Director, Orientation & Transition Programs


University Research Innovation Awards

These awards celebrate the outstanding scholarly careers of our most productive and influential faculty. Research Innovation Awards are open to tenured and non-tenured faculty, staff, graduate students and external entities.

 

Academic Partnership Award

The Academic Partnership Award honors a faculty member who has pioneered or sustained innovative partnerships between The University of Southern Mississippi and other institutions or groups (including but not necessarily limited to businesses, state and federal agencies, professional associations, community groups or nonprofit organizations). Nominees should demonstrate the primacy of their role in establishing and maintaining academic partnerships for the University.

MarkerJulie Cwikla, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education

 

Applied Research Award

The Applied Research Award honors a faculty member who has employed the results of basic research to solve specific scientific or social problems or to serve pragmatic purposes such as the practical implementation of research, or to suggest system or policy changes in his/her research area. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of external recognition.

MarkerAnna Wan, Ph.D.
Professor, Mathematics

 

Basic Research Award

The Basic Research Award honors a faculty member who has conducted systematic examination of observable facts in order to advance general knowledge, understand phenomena or build theories through her/his research and built the rubric of his/her research. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of external recognition.

MarkerLeila Hamdan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Coastal Sciences

  

Creative Activities Award

The Creative Activities Award honors a faculty member who has achieved a high degree of accomplishment in one or more areas of creative work at The University of Southern Mississippi. Discipline areas include, but are not necessarily limited to, creative writing, dance, theater, music, visual arts, film, radio, broadcast, or creative activities related to the sciences. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of external recognition.

MarkerAdam Clay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a senior faculty member whose scholarly or creative career has made an extraordinary and significant impact on their discipline, as perceived not only by our university's faculty community, but also by other members of that profession. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of external recognition.

MarkerJameela Lares, Ph.D.
Professor, English

  

Multidisciplinary Award

The Multidisciplinary Awards honors a faculty member who is a pioneer in cross-disciplinary research collaboration to identify innovative solutions or intellectual accomplishments that extend beyond their field. Nominees should demonstrate high levels of external recognition.

MarkerMohamed O. Elasri, Ph.D.
Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology

 

Research Advocate Award

The Research Advocate Award honors an administrator or staff member who has made significant contributions to fostering research at The University of Southern Mississippi. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of internal recognition.

MarkerSabine Heinhorst, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research & Outreach

  

Graduate Student Award

The Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary scholarly or creative achievement. Documentation of outstanding accomplishment is required from each nominee.

MarkerBrian W. Bauer
Graduate Student, Psychology

MarkerJonathan Riccio
Graduate Student, English 

 


Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship

The Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship recognizes junior faculty members (untenured, tenure-track assistant professors) for outstanding accomplishments and professional promise. Each recipient will use the title “Nina Bell Suggs Professor” until they are promoted to associate professor.

MarkerOlivia Clare Friedman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English


Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards

The Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards were created to recognize outstanding assistant professors early in their careers at Southern Miss. This year, three junior faculty members are being recognized for excellence in creative activity, teaching and research.

 

Creative Activity Award

MarkerJoshua Bernstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

 

Research Award

MarkerLaura Stengrim, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

 

Teaching Award

MarkerHolly Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education


University Excellence Awards

Staff Excellence Awards

The staff Excellence Awards recognize staff members that exhibit exemplary commitment and dedication toward their position and The University of Southern Mississippi. The recipients demonstrate integrity, a positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers and customers, serve as a role model for others, take initiative and carry out additional responsibilities beyond regular job assignments for the good of the campus community and have a team player attitude. Winners are selected within each employment classification.  Further, the Jessie H. Morrison Award recipient must also have 20 consecutive years of employment.

Professional

MarkerDavid Magola
Senior Veterans Affairs Certification Specialist
                   Center for Military Veterans, Service Members & Families
                   
Mr. Magola has been employed with USM for 6 years.

Office Personnel

MarkerMartha Resavy
Finance Administrative Specialist
                   School of Education
                   Ms. Resavy has been employed with USM for 11 years.

Service Maintenance/Skilled Craft/Technical

MarkerBryan Wiseman
Network Administrator
                    i-Tech
                    Mr. Wiseman has been employed with USM for 5 years.

Jessie H. Morrison Award

MarkerSally Downey
Assistant to the Dean for Finance and Administration
                   College of Arts and Sciences
                 
 Ms. Downey has been employed with USM for 20 years.

 

Faculty Excellence Awards

The Faculty Excellence Awards recognize exceptional teaching, service to the university community, and excellence in the practice of librarianship. 

Excellence in Teaching

MarkerMonika Gehlawat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English

Excellence in Service

MarkerLindsay Wright, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Sciences

Excellence in Librarianship

MarkerSarah Mangrum, Ed.D.
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