Dr. Lila F. Roberts, dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at Clayton State University, has announced the recipients of the CIMS Faculty Awards for Excellence for 2011/2012. The award recipients were recognized on Friday, Apr. 13. Dr. Muhammad Rahman, associate professor of Information Technology, is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction. Rahman consistently receives among the highest instructor ratings in CIMS. He has been very active in course development and has played a significant leadership role in curriculum design for the Information Technology degree programs. He applies technology extensively in his teaching activities. Rahman was selected as a Governor's Teaching Fellow for the 2011/2012 academic year. Actively engaged in mentoring undergraduate students, he has directed six students in undergraduate internships. He has twice been the CIMS nominee for the University’s Alice Smith Faculty Award. Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Kelli Nipper is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Service. Nipper has been strongly committed to serving the mathematics education community across the metro-Atlanta region, including Spalding, Clayton, and Rockdale Counties, as well as the Atlanta Public Schools. She is also engaged in significant service to the Mathematics Department, the College, and the University, having served in leadership roles on numerous college and university committees. Highly regarded by her colleagues, Nipper has previously received CIMS Awards for Excellence in Scholarly Activity and Contributions to Instruction. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Elliot Krop is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity. Krop's research has been fruitful, producing 10 research papers (four papers have appeared and six have been accepted). In addition, he currently has four papers under review. He has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences. Krop has demonstrated a sustained commitment to collaborating with his colleagues and undergraduate students in new research and his mentorship of students has resulted in numerous poster and paper presentations by students at professional research conferences. In addition to his own research, he actively serves as reviewer for several journals. “The contributions of our colleagues are indeed impressive and demonstrate a strong commitment to Clayton State's strategic goals,” says Roberts.