Like much else this spring, our plan to have the College awards ceremony at the Pinnacle Club was derailed by the closures related to the coronavirus. Instead, we’d like to take this moment to recognize and celebrate another year of outstanding accomplishments in research, scholarship, creative activity, teaching, mentoring, and service. Even setting aside the remarkable feat of transitioning all of our courses online, we have many reasons to be proud. We’re delighted to recognize the worthy recipients of these awards and recognitions.
You can read a list of all the Augusta University Outstanding Faculty Awardees and hear a short message from Dean Green to the Pamplin Awardee on Jagwire.
Pamplin Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Seretha Williams
Seretha has truly had an outstanding year, in teaching, research, and service. In addition to chairing the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Seretha has spearheaded the College’s initiatives in digital humanities, was one of only three faculty members in the College to receive a University RSCA Summer Award for 2020, has continued her record of teaching excellence, and has been extraordinarily productive in her research (with a new book under contract). She has been the model of senior faculty leadership, and is greatly deserving of this recognition.
The following awards were developed to advance faculty recognition in accordance with our Pamplin Strategic Plan and were shaped by recommendations from the Pamplin College Promotion and Tenure Committee. This will be the second year we have conferred these awards. Thanks to all of you who were involved in this process. While the nature and number of these awards may evolve over time, we are delighted to be able to award them for the second time to very deserving recipients.
Pamplin Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Giada Biasetti
From Dr. Biasetti’s nomination:
Pamplin Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
From Professor Onofrio’s nominations:
Dean's Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research Funding
Dr. Melissa Bemiller
Dr. Bemiller has set a record for Pamplin faculty in obtaining external grant awards. In two back-to-back applications, she has brought in more than $600,000 in funding to support her research. This is all the more remarkable given that she is still an untenured assistant professor. With such significant accomplishments at such an early stage in her career, Dr. Bemiller deserves recognition for these successes in grant-writing.
William A. Bloodworth, Jr. Award for Excellence in Performance of Facilities Services
Brandon Huff, Lead Groundskeeper
Brandon began his employment with Augusta University in October 17, 2016. His first
job duties started as an entry level Groundskeeper. Since 2016, Brandon has expanded
his job duties and responsibilities in the Landscape/Grounds Shop. Brandon was promoted
to a Lead Groundskeeper on 1/22/18 and has become a great employee of that role. In
addition to doing the normal maintenance, Brandon makes an effort to do new installations,
repairs in-house to prevent the costs and delay of contractors and his overarching
abilities has been his experience and dedication to event set-ups and working overtime
at special events. Brandon is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and appearance
of the Summerville campus. He consistently strives to improve aesthetics in our landscape.
He has a good relationship with others in his shop and has a good relationship with
Facilities Shops and assists them when needed.
He is well respected by his coworkers and is a valued member of the Summerville Landscape/Grounds Shop. Brandon has had no safety issues and has very good attendance. He always lets his supervisor know several days in advance for using Annual Leave. He is very punctual and tries to schedule all medical and personal appointments after scheduled work hours.
R. Scott Davis - Landscaping / Grounds Manager
William A. Bloodworth, Jr. Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching
Cyndy Epps, Department of Art and Design
It took a year to lure Cyndy Epps from Georgia Southern. But now she’s here. And she’s been a wonderful addition to our department. She’s talented, communicates well with students and works collaboratively everyone. She always goes beyond expectations helping students and contributing in departmental events. Her flexibility in teaching a variety of courses at a variety of times has helped us immensely. In addition to doing excellent work in the classroom, she’s also growing her CV by presenting at conferences and is Chair of a panel at SECAC next fall. Thank you Cyndy for all your hard work.
Spring Grant Awardees
Summer Faculty Scholars
Dr. Debbie van Tuyll
The Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism history is American Journalism Historians Association's highest honor. The Kobre Award recognizes individuals with an exemplary record of sustained achievement in journalism history through teaching, research, professional activities, or other contributions to the field of journalism history. Congratulations to Dr. Van Tuyll on this lifetime achievement award!