Education professor takes top award

Professor Pamela Cole started off her 12th year at Kennesaw State with a bang when she was named Distinguished Professor of the Year — the top faculty award.

Georgia (Aug 30, 2006) — Professor Pamela Cole started off her 12th year at Kennesaw State with a bang when she was named Distinguished Professor of the Year — the top faculty award. Cole is a professor of middle grades English education and associate director of the Center for Services‚ Outreach and Partnerships.

The award is conferred annually on a single faculty member who exhibits excellence in teaching‚ scholarship and professional service and who has received national or international recognition for his or her contributions.

“Our recipient is a dedicated teacher‚ scholar and servant leader‚” Bill Hill‚ director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning‚ said. “Both in and out of the classroom‚ as well as throughout her research and service‚ the teaching and mentoring of students is central to all of her activities.”

Cole received a cash award and professional development funds from the KSU Foundation and will hold the title for the 2006−2007 academic year.

She plans to use most of her professional development funds toward a textbook she started writing six months ago.

“I’m working on an adolescent literature textbook for teachers‚” Cole said. “It should take about two−and−a−half years to complete‚ but it will be worth it because I have seen for myself the power that adolescent literature has on students when it comes to motivating them. I really hope the book will be a great teaching tool for instructors.”

According to Marjorie Economopoulos‚ secondary and middle grades education department chair‚ the entire unit is elated about Cole’s honor.

“Our department is very excited‚” Economopoulos said. “She is very deserving of this award‚ and we are happy to have her represent the university.”

Cole had already received multiple awards and recognition‚ including both the KSU Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Teaching Award‚ as well as all three major awards — Teaching‚ Service and Scholarship — from the Bagwell College of Education. Yet she remains humbled by the accolades.

“Winning this particular award has made me spend a lot of time reflecting on what I can do to become better‚” Cole said. “I do feel surprised to win the awards that I have because there are so many exceptional faculty members at KSU.”

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