FC wins Teaching Excellence Awards
By Daniel Bell
Georgia Highlands College has won both of the University System of Georgia's
Board of Regents 2003 Teaching Excellence Awards for the two-year college
Dr. Kristie Kemper, professor of English and adviser of the Six Mile Post,
is this year's recipient of the Board of Regents Faculty/Staff award and
Georgia Highlands College's Dental Hygiene program has won the Department/Program
Each two-year college may choose a nominee for both the faculty/staff
award and the department/program award, at which point the nominees have
to put together a portfolio and collect recommendations.
A special Regents committee, composed of faculty members and department
chairs from across the system, reviews the nomination portfolios and recommends
finalists for each award.
Concerning the faculty/staff award, the award committee (as stated by
the award criteria) looks "for persuasive evidence that nominees
have a record of superlative teaching at their campus, including a strong
commitment to fostering the academic success of students through classroom
instruction and through interaction with students outside the classroom
(e.g. advising, mentoring, recruiting, etc.)."
When selecting finalists for the department/program award the committee
looks for evidence that nominated departments or programs promote, support
and recognize excellence in teaching and in service to students.
"I was surprised and pleased to learn that I have been selected to
receive the Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for two-year college faculty,"
Donna Miller, director of dental hygiene, said, "The dental hygiene
program is honored to be selected by the Board of Regents for the Teaching
Excellence Award. We would like to thank the administration, faculty and
staff of Georgia Highlands College who have contributed to our success through their
support and efforts on behalf of our students and the program."
Besides the obvious distinction and prestige that comes with such an award,
there is also usually some prize money included. It had not been disclosed
as of press time if that were to be the case this year.
This is the second time in three years that a faculty member at Floyd
College has won this award. Two years ago Dr. Margaret Davis, professor
of mathematics, won the Regents' Teaching Excellence Award. Also, the
Georgia Highlands College Nursing Program received the Regents' Teaching Excellence
program award in 1999.
"The fact that this is the second time a Georgia Highlands College faculty member
has received this honor in the past three years speaks volumes for the
quality of the faculty that teach at Floyd. Dr. Kemper exemplifies the
dedication of this faculty to our students and to teaching and learning,"
said Dr. Randy Pierce, Georgia Highlands College president.
Pierce continued, "I am also very excited about the honor our Dental
Hygiene Department has received. Dr. Miller and her staff are to be congratulated.
I am very proud of this institution, its academic programs and its faculty/staff.
It is a great day for Georgia Highlands College."
Dr. Virginia Carson, vice president of academic affairs, said of the dental
hygiene program, "The quality of the program is demonstrated by the
fact that during the 12 years since the program was opened 100 percent
of the gradates have passed the National Dental Hygiene Boards and the
Southern Regional Testing Authority for registered dental hygienist. This
record far exceeds both state and national averages."
Kemper echoed the thoughts of Pierce. She said, "I consider this
award as recognition for all the faculty at Georgia Highlands College, who always
give their best effort to their teaching and who never forget that students
Carson described Kemper as a teacher worth celebration and said that she
has "a profound impact on the lives and careers of her students."
(For pictures and more information on the Dental Hygiene Program please
see the related story, "How students
work to keep smiles healthy.")