I’m a Recipient of this Year’s Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award!

Recently, I was told that I was a recipient of this year’s Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology!

The selection criteria for the Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award are: “During the Fall 2012 and/or Spring 2013 semesters, a CIOS [Course-Instructor Opinion Survey] response rate of at least 85%, and either a class size of at least 40 students with a CIOS score for the question which reads, “Overall, this instructor is an effective teacher” of at least 4.8; or a class size of at least 15 students and a CIOS score for the same question of at least 4.9; or a 5 (or greater) credit course with a size of at least 10 and a CIOS score for the same question of at least 4.9.”

I qualified in the middle category, because my classes are typically 25 students/each and 3 credit hours/each.

I am deeply honored to be recognized by my students and institution with this award, and its monetary award is certainly helpful and appreciated.

Georgia Tech’s teaching awards will be given publicly at the upcoming Celebrating Teaching Day on March 6, 2014. I’m looking forward to it!

I Have Been Chosen as a 2011-2012 David B. Smith Fellowship Recipient

I learned last week by mail that I have been chosen as a 2011-2012 recipient of Kent State University’s David B. Smith Fellowship. According to the congratulatory letter from Dr. Mary Ann Stephens, Dean of Graduate Studies, the David B. Smith Fellowship is “an award given annually in honor of David B. Smith, a magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University, who passed away in 1982. This Fellowship is to recognize outstanding scholarship and research potential.”

I am deeply honored to have been nominated for this award by Dr. Tammy Clewell, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of English, and I express my sincere gratitude to the fellowship selection committee headed by Dr. Stephens. I would like to express my heartfelt gratefulness to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Smith for creating this fellowship in the memory of their son. I hope that my continuing work will reflect positively on this fellowship and what it represents.

Dr. Donald “Mack” Hassler, my dissertation director, and I will attend the Doctoral Students’ Academic Commitment Ceremony in October 2011 where I will be presented with this award.