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Reinhardt Honors Faculty with Presentation of Three Awards

Irma SantoroAt a recent Faculty Senate meeting held on Tuesday, April 12, 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 meeting were Dr. Irma SantoroNancy Carter, and Dr. Kathy Hyatt.

United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award

The prestigious United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award was presented to Dr. Irma Santoro, a resident of Marietta, Ga. 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 University. Dr. Irma Santoro, an assistant professor of biology, has taught at Reinhardt for more than two years. She was chosen by her peers for this award.

“I was so surprised and proud to be honored by my colleagues for an award recognizing teaching,  which is something that I feel so  Nancy Carterpassionate about,” said Dr. Irma Santoro. “It has helped to reinforce in me how my hard work can make a difference.”

Jane England Faculty Award for Excellence

Nancy Carter, an assistant professor of education, 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. Jane England was a professor of history and political science for 31 years at Reinhardt. 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.

“Because I was privileged to meet Jane England during my first year at Reinhardt, I was extremely honored to receive the Teaching Excellence Award this year,” said Nancy Carter, who has taught at the University for more than eight years and resides in Roswell, Ga. “It is very gratifying to be associated with her record of leadership, her attention to students and their learning, and her service to the University.”

Kathy Hyatt

Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award

Honored with the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award was Dr. Kathy Hyatt, an assistant professor of business who has taught at Reinhardt for more than two years.

“It was an honor to win the Vulcan Teaching Award,” said Dr. Kathy Hyatt, a resident of Jasper, Ga. “It was a complete surprise. I have been blessed this year with wonderful faculty, staff, and students to work with.”

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.

A place of challenge and opportunity.

Dr. Robert L. Driscoll, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University, concluded the awards presentation. “Reinhardt 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.”

About Reinhardt University

Now a private comprehensive university, Reinhardt University has focused on shaping lives and building futures.  Founded in 1883, Reinhardt has remained true to its values as a private liberal arts institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church that offers a caring learning environment dedicated to meeting each student’s needs.

More than 1220 students are enrolled in Reinhardt’s five graduate programs in business administration, music and education, and 40 undergraduate degree programs, which range from business, communications and education to psychology, music and math. Reinhardt has two locations- a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska, Ga., just 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta, and center focused on adults in Alpharetta, Ga. It also offers selected programs in Epworth, Cartersville and Marietta, Ga. 

Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center, the Funk Heritage Center and the Fincher Visual Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Reinhardt at 770-720-5526 or 1-87-REINHARDT or see the University website at


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