University System of Georgia honors Kennesaw State professor for teaching excellence

Pam Marek

Pam Marek among top teachers receiving 2014 Regents’ Award KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 22, 2014…

Georgia (Oct 22, 2014)Pam Marek among top teachers receiving 2014 Regents’ Award

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 22, 2014) — Kennesaw State University psychology professor Pam Marek is among three recipients of the University System of Georgia’s 2014 Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, the state’s most prestigious honor for higher education teachers.

Marek will receive the Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award at a ceremony in March along with two other recipients of the teaching excellence award. She was recognized for her strengths in teaching and working with students in advisement, mentoring, and undergraduate research.  Her professional development and scholarship of teaching and learning were also cited. 

“This award is indeed a major milestone in my career and a further inspiration to continue my involvement in the scholarship of teaching and learning,” Marek said. “As a teacher, my overarching goals are to expand students’ minds in ways that encourage questioning and increase understanding of multiple perspectives in the context of a supportive, learner-centered environment. I also aim to reinforce and develop the reading, writing, and quantitative skills that are an integral part of higher education.” 

Marek earned her master’s and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Kennesaw State’s faculty in 2005, she taught at St. Michael's College in Vermont and at Anderson College in South Carolina. She serves as an associate editor for Teaching of Psychology and regularly participates in presentations at teaching-related conferences, such as the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology.

In conjunction with students and colleagues, she has published research related to materialistic values, affluence cues, and the work ethic, in journals including Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, and Individual Differences Research. Sheis a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Southeastern Psychological Association.

The USG annually presents Regents’ excellence awards to faculty members from among its 31 member institutions. In addition to the three 2014 teaching excellence awards, honors are also presented to two faculty members for excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning and for online teaching excellence. An annual award also is presented to one outstanding program systemwide. Marek was among 30 faculty members nominated for the 2014 individual faculty awards.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.



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