Clayton State University’s College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) held its first annual Faculty Awards for Excellence recently. The awards were established to recognize the excellent work of the faculty in the areas of contributions to instruction, service, and scholarship.
“When I came to Clayton State and CIMS, I discovered that we had a number of dedicated faculty with strengths in many different areas, but no mechanism in place to recognize and reward outstanding achievements of our faculty. I am proud to be able to make these first awards to some of our talented and dedicated faculty members,” says CIMS Dean, Dr. Lila Roberts.
Dr. Cathie Aust is the first recipient of the CIMS Award for Excellence in Service. Aust has excelled in service not only to CIMS but to the entire campus community for almost as long as there has been a Clayton State. As the University’s senior faculty member, she currently serves as faculty marshal for Graduation. Aust has also served as president of the Clayton State Women’s Forum and has served on many supportive committees over the years. Aust will retire in December 2010 after 35 years of outstanding service to Clayton State.
Dr. Junfeng Qu was recognized as the recipient of the CIMS Award for Excellence in Scholarship. In the last two years Qu has been published in two prestigious refereed journals and seven selective peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Another journal article is accepted and soon to be published in the Internal Journal of Computational Science. All of his publications are in the core areas of computer science research.
Dr. Kelli Nipper, the 2010 CIMS Alice Smith Award nominee, is the recipient of the CIMS Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction. Nipper consistently receives high ratings from her students and is well-respected by her colleagues. She excels in her outreach efforts to in-service teachers in the public school systems in the Atlanta Metro area and has been instrumental in establishing partnerships for enhancement of teachers’ mathematical content and pedagogy.
The award ceremony was held on Apr. 29, 2010. For more information, please contact Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.