KSU professor receives Board of Regents’ Hall of Fame Award

Environmental science professor recognized for scholarship excellence

Georgia (Apr 1, 2009) — KSU professor receives Board of Regents’ Hall of Fame Award

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KSU professor receives Board of Regents’ Hall of Fame Award
Environmental science professor recognized for scholarship excellence

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 30‚ 2009)
—Matthew Laposata‚ an associate professor of environmental science in Kennesaw State University’s Department of Biology and Physics‚ received the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s highest honor for research that leads to innovative teaching techniques that enhance student learning.

“Hall of Fame” awards were presented at the fifth annual Regents’ Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony March 28 in Atlanta. The annual celebration recognizes excellence among USG faculty‚ students and alumni.

Laposata‚ who lives in Kennesaw‚ was one of two scholars among faculty from the 35 University System of Georgia institutions cited for scholarship in teaching and learning. Three other USG faculty members received awards for their teaching excellence.

"The 2009 Regents' Award to Dr. Laposata for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning acknowledges the high quality and broad impact of his work in the field of science literacy‚” said Larry Peterson‚ dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State. “The award also recognizes the importance and value of this form of scholarship within our college and this university."

For the past 10 years‚ Laposata has developed and evaluated curriculum materials for environmental and preparatory courses for future elementary school teachers‚ which are used in the U.S. and abroad and are available via online libraries such as the National Science Digital Library. He has authored more than 45 peer−reviewed publications and presentations and has been supported in his research by more than $525‚000 in grants.

Laposata has created materials that he says educates students about environmental issues‚ engages them with science through real world topics and enlightens them about the impact they have on the environment through detailed analysis of their lifestyle choices. Thus‚ his teaching philosophy: “Educate‚ engage and enlighten.”

“We face many challenges in the U.S.‚ and one of the greatest is finding ways to promote economic growth while protecting the environment‚” Laposata said. “It is important to help students understand complex environmental issues so they can propose viable solutions that move our nation towards a sustainable future.”


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


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