Annual Reinhardt College Luncheon Underscores Faculty Dedication and Includes Presentation of Six Awards
Dr. Shawn A. Brown (right), associate professor of early childhood education, is honored with the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award during Reinhardt's annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon. The award was presented by Dr. Robert L. Driscoll, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.
At the annual Reinhardt College Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
held on campus Friday, March 14, administrators underscored the crucial
role that faculty play in making Reinhardt a true community of challenge
and care. Among the outstanding faculty honored at the luncheon were
Dr. Shawn A. Brown, Dr. Anne M. Good, Ms. L. Michelle Harlow and Mrs.
Robin C. McNally. In addition, faculty members The Rev. Dr. Curtis G.
Lindquist and Dr. John S. Yelvington received special recognition.
Reinhardt College Associate Professor of Early Childhood
Education Dr. Shawn A. Brown was honored with the annual Vulcan
Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. Vulcan's Southeast Division
has sponsored the teaching excellence award since the early 1990s
through the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc.
The award is presented to a faculty member at each of the
GFIC's 25-member institutions, in recognition of outstanding
contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus
"I'm overjoyed to win the Vulcan Teaching Excellence
Award," said Brown. "It is great to be recognized by my colleagues and
the administration. Winning this award makes everything that I believe
in and do even more meaningful."
Honored for Research and Scholarship
Faculty Research and Scholarship Award went to Good , an assistant
professor of history who has taught at Reinhardt for two years. Good, a
resident of White, Ga., was selected for the honor by a committee of
fellow faculty. In her research titled "Dressing and Undressing in the
History of Discovery," she studied how people from one culture wear the
clothes of another culture for the desire to cross over in terms of
mentality and understanding. Her research was published in Terrae Incognitae, the official publication of the Society for the History of Discoveries.
"This is an Achievement that will Always be Special to Me"
an associate professor of English, was honored with the Jane England
Faculty Award for Excellence. The $500 award is named for a long-time
Reinhardt faculty member who retired in May 2001 and passed away in
January 2007. England was a professor of history and political science
for 31 years at the College. She also served in numerous leadership
roles, including advisor to the student newspaper and faculty chair.
Upon her retirement, Reinhardt established this annual faculty award,
along with a scholarship fund, in her honor.
"This is an
achievement that will always be special to me," explained Harlow, who
has taught at Reinhardt for 18 years and resides in Waleska, Ga. "Since I
knew Jane and admired her abilities as a teacher, historian and
colleague, I am pleased that I will always be associated with her
through this award."
Committed to Values-Centered Education
prestigious United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award was presented to
McNally. Funded by the Division of Higher Education of the General
Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church,
the award is given annually to a Reinhardt faculty member to recognize
excellence in teaching, commitment to value-centered education and
service to students at the College. McNally, an assistant professor of
mathematics, has taught at Reinhardt for 13 years and lives in Acworth,
Ga. She was chosen by her peers for this award. On receiving the award,
McNally said "I feel very blessed to be the recipient of this award. I
have always enjoyed teaching mathematics at the College, and am thankful
I have had wonderful students to teach and great faculty and staff to
Invested Energy, Time and Courage
and Yelvington were recognized for the energy, courage and time they
invested in completing the Master Professor Program of Reinhardt's
Institute for Teaching Excellence, which began in the fall of 2005. The
Master Professor Program is a teaching enhancement program that aims to
enable the experienced professor with a demonstrated record of
effectiveness in the classroom to integrate cutting-edge information
with its practical application. Lindquist, who resides in Decatur, Ga.,
serves as a professor of religion and philosophy and has been at
Reinhardt since September 1994 while Yelvington, a professor of
economics from Alpharetta, Ga., has been with the College since August
"A College of Change and Opportunity"
Robert L. Driscoll, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the
College, concluded the awards presentation by encouraging faculty to
set their high standards even higher in teaching. "If you are teaching
today the same way you taught two years ago, you are not at your best
and you are selling your students short."
is an exciting place; a college of change and opportunity. As the
institution continues to be enhanced with more training, better
technology, and more opportunities to learn, we support the work of our
faculty and trust the commitment they make to providing our students
with the best possible learning experience."