Associate Professor of History Dr. Kenneth Wheeler of Birmingham, Ala., received Reinhardt College's Elizabeth Moss Bailey Faculty Mentor Award this spring. The award is given out annually to a faculty member who provides unwavering dedication and commitment to the students of Reinhardt College.
"This award is especially meaningful to me because it is awarded by students," Wheeler explained. "During my years at Reinhardt I have tried to emulate my senior colleagues as they cultivate mentoring relationships with students that make intellectual development a personal and profound experience. It has always been a pleasure to teach the students of Reinhardt College, and I'm deeply grateful for the award."
The Elizabeth Moss Bailey Faculty Mentor Award was created in 2003 by the College's Student Government Association (SGA) as an opportunity for recognizing a faculty member that renders outstanding mentorship to students. The SGA takes nominations for the honor from students, and then the members of the Student Senate vote on the faculty recipient. The award is named for Elizabeth Moss Bailey '28, a distinguished alumna and former professor and dean of women who helped create the work-study program at the College.
"We, as students, readily acknowledge that many professors are not only astute educators, but also dear friends, confidants and moreover, mentors," said Billy Jones, a senior from Cumming, Ga., and the 2007-08 president of SGA. "Dr. Wheeler takes on all those roles for many Reinhardt students."
Wheeler received a bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and his master's and doctorate from Ohio State University. He spent one year teaching at the University of West Georgia before spending the past nine years at Reinhardt College.
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