College of Arts and Sciences Recognizes Film Professor for Teaching Excellence
The College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University recently awarded Dr. Virginia Bonner the Gene Hatfield Teacher of the Year Award for the 2011 to 2012 academic year. Bonner is an associate professor of film and media studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches courses in film, women’s studies and art history.
The Gene Hatfield Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding faculty members within the College of Arts and Sciences. Now in its fourth year, the annual award is presented to a teacher who displays enthusiasm, creativity, compassion, authority, authenticity, patience, persistence, or humor in their teaching and interactions with students. The Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year award is made possible by, and is named after, Dr. Eugene Hatfield, long-time (1976–2008) history professor at Clayton State.
Selected by a committee of professors within the College of Arts and Sciences, Bonner considers her teaching philosophy key to what motivates her in the classroom.
“I have a real passion for the material that I teach, and I’m extremely dedicated to the art of teaching and the science of learning,” she says.
Bonner connects her own teaching experiences with many of the characteristics that the Teacher of the Year Award recognizes.
“It’s important to keep the material we’re teaching fresh, and to listen to the students, recognizing that we’re learning from them, while they’re learning from us. Having a sense of humor helps, and we also have to keep our focus on teaching, even as we strive to keep up with scholarship and service responsibilities,” she notes.
With eight departments, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at Clayton State University, and serves the community through its excellence in teaching, research and creative endeavors. The Gene Hatfield Teacher of the Year Award builds recognition for College of Arts and Sciences teachers who stimulate intellectual curiosity and foster learning that engages students – values identified in the University’s Strategic Plan.