Kennesaw State professor receives Board of Regents’ 2012 award for teaching scholarship excellence


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Kennesaw State University psychology professor Tom Pusateri was one of two University System of Georgia faculty members to receive an award for outstanding scholarship at the seventh annual Regents’ Salute to Education celebration on March 31. 

The regents also presented former Kennesaw State president, Betty Siegel, the Elridge McMillan Award for her lifetime work in supporting higher education.

“Both of these awards are a great honor for the recipients and for Kennesaw State,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “Dr. Pusateri’s award is the latest in a long tradition of KSU being recognized by the Board of Regents for excellence in teaching and for the scholarship of teaching and learning. The award to Dr. Siegel is a testament to the legacy she has left KSU, the field of higher education and the entire community.”

Pusateri, associate director of Kennesaw State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), received the Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, which recognizes the best scholarly contributions to student learning among faculty at Georgia’s 35 public colleges and universities.

The “scholarship of teaching and learning” refers to the presentation and publication of research findings on the art and science of teaching, or pedagogy. The award honors Pusateri’s distinguished record of scholarship on the teaching of psychology and on measuring how well students learn.He is a nationally recognized leader in his field and has held leadership positions in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Pusateri follows in the footsteps of Sabine Smith, an associate professor of German who won the Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011. Since the awards were created in 1996, KSU has won six Board of Regents’ awards for excellence in teaching and for the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Other past KSU recipients include Karen Robinson, theater and performance studies (2010); Matthew Laposata, environmental science (2009); Mary Garner, mathematics and math education (2008); and Randolph Smith, psychology (2007).

 “I am truly honored to be one of a long list of colleagues at KSU to receive a Regents’ award,” Pusateri said.  “I am particularly honored to receive this award for my role as associate director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, as it demonstrates how personnel in faculty development centers can be institutional leaders in assessment.”

The award to Siegel, chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character, acknowledged her role as the first woman to lead an institution in the University System of Georgia. Siegel served as the president of Kennesaw State for 25 years and lead the institution’s growth from 4,000 students with 15 undergraduate degrees to an institution with more than 18,000 students offering 55 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Since her retirement, Siegel has served as an advisor and consultant in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She recently launched a nonprofit foundation for global ethical leadership.



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