Outstanding faculty recognized at Opening of School ceremonies

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Outstanding faculty recognized at Opening of School ceremonies KSU Foundation awards nearly $200,…

Georgia (Aug 13, 2009)

Outstanding faculty recognized at Opening of School ceremonies
KSU Foundation awards nearly $200,000 in cash and stipends
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 13, 2009) — The Kennesaw State University Foundation awarded more than $193,000 in cash and stipends Wednesday to outstanding faculty, including the prestigious 2009 Distinguished Professor Award.
President Daniel S. Papp awarded associate math professor Mary Garner the university’s top faculty award, along with $17,000 — $8,500 in cash and an $8,500 faculty development stipend.
“Our 2009 foundation distinguished professor recipient exemplifies excellence in all areas of faculty performance and a deep commitment to blending her faculty work seamlessly across them," Papp said. “She is an outstanding classroom teacher, a recognized scholar of teaching and the assessment of learning at the institutional, regional and national levels, and a tireless contributor and leader in institutional and regional professional service.”
A combination of faculty and foundation committees are responsible for reviewing nominations and selecting award recipients.
“Kennesaw State University is grateful to the KSU Foundation for the various recognition programs, and the amount of cash and faculty development funding,” Provost Lendley Black said. “This funding exceeds that of any other university at any level.”
Additional 2009 faculty award winners included:
Philip C. Preston Award for Distinguished Community Service
Keisha Hoerrner, associate professor of communication, chair, first-year programs
Tommy & Beth Holder Faculty Awards
Dr. Kimberly S. Ligon, associate professor of adolescent education
Dr. Elke M. Leeds, assistant professor of management information systems
Dr. Jim M. Elledge, MAPW director and English professor
Dr. Akanmu G. Adebayo, history professor
Dr. Marina C. Koether, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry
Valerie A. Dibble, associate professor of art
Brian M. Wooten, director, Center for Student Leadership
Foundation prize for publications or creative activity
Oral L. Moses, music professor
Brett E. Katzman, economics professor
Alice W. Terry, associate professor of social studies education
James R. Piecuch, assistant professor of history
John R. McLester, Jr., associate professor of health, physical education and sport science
Sean F. Ellermeyer, math professor
Distinguished Professional Service Award
Hope Baker, associate professor of decision sciences
Distinguished Scholarship & Creative Activity Award
Lucy Ackert, finance professor
Distinguished Teaching Award
Sabine Smith, associate professor of German
The mission of the Kennesaw State University Foundation is to serve as an advocate for the university, and to receive, invest, account for and allocate private gifts and contributions in support of the university.
Since 1969, the foundation has enhanced education, created opportunities for students, faculty and staff to succeed, as well as expanding the horizons of KSU.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. 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 22,500 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