William Ensign honored by Association of Southeastern Biologists

Kennesaw State University Professor William E. Ensign

Meritorious Teaching Award presented during annual convention The Association of Southeastern…

Georgia (Apr 20, 2015)Meritorious Teaching Award presented during annual convention

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The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) recently honored Kennesaw State University Professor William E. Ensign with the Meritorious Teaching Award during its annual convention in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ensign teaches a variety of courses in ecology and field biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Many of his courses emphasize aquatic systems. He has taught at Kennesaw State since 1997.

“This is the most affirming recognition I have ever received,” Ensign said of the award. “Most of the nomination information for the award was drawn from a letter submitted by my former department chair, Don McGarey, and letters from my current and former students.

“The comments from the students literally brought tears to my eyes,” Ensign said. “As an educator, you hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of the students with whom you interact, and reading through the letters made me realize that I have been able to do that. Ultimately, that is the best part about this award.”

One of the highest achievements for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in biology in the Southeast, the Meritorious Teaching Award includes a $1,500 award.

Ensign, who has been a member of ASB since 1998, recently finished a three-year term as a member of ASB's Executive Committee and has served in a variety of other leadership roles in the association.

ASB is the largest scientific professional organization in the Southeast with about 1400 members from 220 academic and 60 non-academic institutions. 

-- Robert S. Godlewski

For more information: www.sebiologists.org.






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