Service, scholarship, diversity, and teaching excellence within the College of Arts and Sciences were recognized last Thursday as winners were announced for the Gene Hatfield Annual Service Awards.
Four faculty members were acknowledged for embodying the spirit of Dr. Gene Hatfield, former Professor Emeritus of History who taught at Clayton State University for 32 years before retiring in 2008.
“Gene Hatfield was a contributor not only financially to the College of Arts and Sciences, but for a large number of years committed himself to the faculty, to his colleagues, and to the students of this institution,” said Dr. Tim Hynes, president of Clayton State University.
Dr. John Meyers, assistant professor of Chemistry, was named Teacher of the Year;
“I am honored to receive the Gene Hatfield Teacher of the Year award,” Meyers said. “To have my colleagues recognize and appreciate my efforts for our students is incredibly energizing and rewarding. I am elated to be a part of this tradition.”
Dr. Christopher Ward, professor of History, was awarded Scholar of the Year. In his time at Clayton State, Ward has been able to do scholarly travel thanks to travel funding provided to faculty by the University. He remembered the support Dr. Hatfield offered him when her first arrived on campus and how it shaped his work since.
“As a faculty member who is beginning his fifteenth academic year at Clayton State, I am deeply honored to receive the 2017-2018 Gene Hatfield Scholar of the Year Award,” Ward said. “Gene was my department head when I arrived at Clayton State in the fall of 2004, and his mentorship and encouragement of me as a scholar were vital during my first years here. I know that Gene would have been proud to see me, a fellow doctoral alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill, receive the Scholar of the Year Award. I am also grateful for the support of my current department head, Adam Tate, and my colleagues in the Department of Humanities for their support.”
Dr. Ann Showalter, assistant professor of biology, earned the Service Award. She was recognized for her commitment to developing a well-rounded learning experience for students and creating service activities on campus.
“Like so many of my colleagues, I pour hours of time into improving the learning and experience of students at Clayton State,” Showalter said. “My closest collaborator, Dr. Barbara Musolf, and I have been dedicated to building the learning assistant program in Biology, which trains student learning assistants to facilitate learning in lab courses. I have also been working to expand and professionalize the Student Academic Conference where students across all disciplines can present their accomplishments to the university community. With these and all my other endeavors, I constantly work to make things better at Clayton State.”
New this year was the announcement of the Diversity Leadership Award. The award was developed to recognize faculty who promote diversity and inclusiveness in their academic studies and classroom learning experience.
Dr. Erica Dotson, an instructor in the department of Teacher Education, was honored as the first-ever winner of the new award.