Reinhardt College Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. S. Beth Russell was recently honored with the annual Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. Russell received the prestigious award for 2009-10 during a Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.
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 life.
Award Affirms One's Commitment
"I am especially honored to receive the Vulcan Award as I understand that it was a nomination by students that permitted me to be considered," said Russell, a resident of Canton, Ga. "Then it was a committee of my peers who assessed my portfolio, etc. and deemed it appropriate to present me with the gift. This award and process truly does affirm one's commitment to the art and skill of teaching. Again, I am grateful to receive this prestigious award!"
Russell, who has taught at Reinhardt for more than 16 years, is committed to assisting the next generation of students who will be on the front-line professionally to better understand and appreciate the diversity of humanity. "I find the job of mentoring the next counselors, therapists, social workers an exceptional one. These students need to be well versed in their academic areas along with a solid foundation in the professional and ethical aspects of these professions. It is a privilege to be part of their career and educational paths."
Going Above and Beyond
Going above and beyond her role as a professor is what Russell is known for as she has been a part of the First Year Orientation Program for many years. "In fact, I helped freshmen become oriented to college when I was an undergraduate. I just find it important for first year students to get started on the right foot as they begin this significant transition into college life."
Her overall goal as a teacher is to "provide multiple approaches and opportunities for students to learn in order for their academic interests to expand. Most of all, I hope their inquisitiveness is ‘stretched' and that they continue to learn way after the semester or college experience is over."
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