The three professors named winners of the annual Gene Hatfield Awards all felt honored to be recognized by their colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Aubrey Dyer, assistant professor of chemistry, earned the 2016-2017 Scholar of the Year Award. The College’s Teacher of the Year Award was bestowed on Erica Dotson, associate professor of teacher education and French. And Michelle Furlong, department chair and professor of biology, was honored with the Gene Hatfield Award of Service.
The awards, which were given out during the College’s annual meeting at the beginning of the school year in August, are given to full-time faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
Prof. Dyer has spent the last few years exploring how color reacts to electricity.
“I’m truly honored to receive the Gene Hatfield Scholar of the Year award,” Prof. Dyer says. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my colleagues with whom I worked over the past few years on the research.”
Prof. Dyer collaborated with Georgia Tech, BASF, the Technical University of Denmark, and Loughborough University to test the synthesis and characterization of electrochromic polymers.
These polymers are used in devices for applications that range from color changing windows, controlled-tinting glasses, and vibrantly colored displays.
“I look forward to working with students on this research in the coming semesters and incorporating discussions of these materials in my classes,” Prof. Dyer says.
Prof. Dotson has played an important role as a coordinator for the English as a Second Language (ESOL) Endorsement Program coordinator. She also serves as the study abroad program director traveling with students to France during Maymester sessions in the spring.
“As a Teacher Education and French faculty, I have dedicated my career to understanding how good teachers teach and how all students learn,” Prof. Dotson says. “It’s gratifying to know that my own students and colleagues here at CSU believe that my teaching practice and the learning experiences I create demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as superior teaching.”
Prof. Furlong’s service to the campus helped support the opening of Lakeview Discovery and Science Center. She worked with a team of colleagues, architects, and contractors on designing, equipping, furnishing and planning the 64,000 square-foot facility that opened in the fall of 2015.
She has also served as the chair of the department of biology, in addition to several university and college level committees.
“I felt honored to receive the Gene Hatfield Award for Service. I received this award for my dedicated service to the university last year,” Prof. Furlong says. “I have served Clayton State University in a multitude of ways over the past 16 years and receiving recognition for my contributions to the university over the past year made me feel extremely valued and appreciated.”
The Gene Hatfield Awards were established in 2008 by a generous gift from retired history professor Dr. Eugene A. Hatfield, who began his 36-year career with Clayton State in 1976.