Outstanding faculty and staff recognized at Opening of School ceremonies
KSU Foundation awards $180,000 in cash and stipends
KENNESAW, Ga. -- (Aug. 12) — At a…
(Aug 12, 2010) — KSU Foundation awards $180,000 in cash and stipends
KENNESAW, Ga. -- (Aug. 12) — At a time of transition and tremendous growth, Kennesaw State University took time
out to celebrate faculty and staff achievements at Opening of School events Wednesday.
At faculty and staff award ceremonies Wednesday, the “brightest and best” were recognized
for their roles in helping the university continue on its quest to becoming a nationally
recognized institution of higher learning.
“It is my pleasure to recognize those individuals who have truly excelled this past
year – providing excellent service through their commitment and dedication to the
goals and objectives of Kennesaw State University,” Papp said.
The KSU Foundation contributed $180,000 in awards for honored faculty and staff.
Katherine Kinnick, professor of communication and director of KSU’s pre-college programs
was the 2010 recipient the KSU Foundation “Distinguished Professor Award” – the foundation’s
highest faculty award.
“This year’s recipient has an outstanding record of accomplishment and dedication
to excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional service,” KSU President Daniel
S. Papp said. “She is a prolific and nationally recognized scholar on service learning,
and gender and racial bias in the media, with her gender bias research being noted
in one journal as ‘an example of the state of the art in feminist scholarship.’”
Kinnick received an award of $17,000 - $8,500 in cash and an additional $8,500 faculty
Staff award-winners included the “Staff Employee of the Year” and the “Administrator
of the Year,” each of whom received a $2,500 cash award from the KSU Foundation.
Elizabeth Starnes, IT professional and project manager for Enterprise Systems and
Services took home the top staff award, while Brian Glankler, director of First Year
and Undeclared Advising was named “Administrator of the Year.”
Additional 2009 faculty and staff award winners included:
Clendenin Graduate Fellows
· Janeen Amason, School of Nursing, WellStar College of Health & Human Services
· Laura Davis, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
· Marybeth Maguire, School of Nursing, WellStar College of Health & Human Services
· Ivan Pulinkala, Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance, College of the
· James Wright, Secondary & Middle Grades Education, Bagwell College of Education
Endowed in 2008, the Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program supports outstanding graduate
students who are willing to give back to the university. The goal of the program is
to identify and attract outstanding individuals who are committed to completing their
master's or doctoral program.
Tommy & Beth Holder Faculty Awards
· Dr. Keisha Hoerrner, Department of First Year Programs, University College
· Dr. Laurence Sherr, School of Music, College of the Arts
· Nancy Prochaska, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Coles College of Business
· Brian Wooten, University Studies, University College
· Dr. Catherine Lewis, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Humanities and
· Dr. Nikita Patterson, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Science
Established in 2008, the Tommy & Beth Holder Faculty Awards are designed to support
innovative faculty initiatives for enhancing and expanding both undergraduate and
graduate course studies. The awards provide research support for distinguished members
of the faculty and are intended to supplement available resources and/or serve as
seed money to encourage the development of new and/or current KSU courses.
Foundation prize for publications or creative activity
· John S. Gentile, Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance, College of
· Rongbing Huang, Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis, Coles
College of Business
· Pam B. Cole, Bagwell College of Education
· LeeAnn B. Lands, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social
· Daniela Tapu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics
Established in 2003 by the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, the foundation prize
for publications or creative activity recognizes high quality publications or creative
activities by a faculty member in each college of the university. Honorees receive
the "Flame of Excellence," which is personally hand-crafted from Boron Glass rods
by Klaus Widmann of the Frabel Studio. Honorees also receive $10,000 - $5,000 in cash
and an additional $5,000 faculty development stipend.
Distinguished Professional Service Award
· Timothy Hedeen, Associate Professor of Conflict Management and Coordinator of Cultural
and Regional Studies Programs
The Distinguished Professional Service Award recognizes individual outstanding faculty
contributions in the areas of professional service, research and creative activity,
and teaching. The recipient of this award receives a total of $10,000 in cash and
a $5,000 professional development stipend.
Distinguished Research & Creative Activity Award
· David B. Mitchell, Professor of Gerontology & Distinguished Scholar in Gerontology
The recipient of the Distinguished Research & Creative Activity Award receives a total
of $10,000 - $5,000 in cash and a $5,000 professional development stipend.
Distinguished Teaching Award
· Amy Buddie, Associate Professor of Psychology & CETL Faculty Fellow for Advancing
The recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award receives a total of $13,000 - $6,500
in cash and a $6,500 professional development stipend.
Academic Support Award
· Lisa L. Bauer
Administrative Support Award
· Donna L. Golder
Campus Support Award
· Maureen N. Patton
Staff Employee of the Year
· Elizabeth Starnes
Staff Senate Scholarship Winner
· McCree Lake
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more
than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business
and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the
35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential
institution with a growing population of more than 22,300 students from 142 countries. KSU’s
College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full
national accreditation for all of its arts programs.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.