KSU honored with two state awards

Kennesaw State University recently took home two out of six state awards for academic excellence.

Georgia (Sep 6, 2006) — Kennesaw State University recently took home two out of six state awards for academic excellence.

Randy Smith‚ psychology department chair and professor‚ received the Board of Regents’ Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning‚ and
LeeAnn Lands‚ history professor‚ was honored with the Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Summer Hill Project she conducted.

“This is a really strong testament to the things we are doing within and outside of this college‚” Richard Vengroff‚ dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences‚ said. “Dr. Smith’s excellence in teaching and mentoring and Dr. Lands’ spearheading of quality student research both display the strong caliber of people within our college.”

The Summer Hill Project‚ a partnership between Kennesaw State‚ the Etowah Valley Consolidated Housing Foundation and the Summer Hill Foundation‚ helped enable a historically African−American neighborhood on the outskirts of Cartersville‚ Ga.‚ to reclaim and preserve its history.

Lands and her public history students compiled an oral history‚ collected artifacts‚ researched the community and aided in the creation of the Summer Hill Museum‚ as well as a documentary film that aired nationally this year on Public Broadcasting Stations.

Smith‚ editor of the journal Teaching in Psychology‚ is recognized as one of the country’s foremost teachers in his discipline. The American Psychological Foundation recently honored him with the 2006 Charles L. Brewer Award for the Distinguished Teaching of Psychology for his significant contributions to the scholarship of teaching. In addition to his personal performance‚ Smith also develops professional opportunities that allow other faculty to advance and disseminate their teaching−related research.

Recipients of the Board of Regents’ awards are selected from nominations submitted annually by the presidents of the University System of Georgia. Each of the winners will receive $5‚000 and a certificate of achievement.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu