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COE Announces Faculty and Staff Awards

2013 Jack Miller Award WinnersAt its annual faculty and staff meeting kicking off the 2013-2014 academic year, four College of Education faculty received Jack Miller Awards. The annual Betty-Ware Wray Staff Award was also announced.

The Jack Miller Faculty Awards are given annually to recognize and reward faculty for demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship/creative activity. The awards are determined by a faculty member’s performance based on specific criteria. This year, awards were made in all areas as well as the Jack Miller Educator of the Year Award.

Jack Miller was a former dean of education at Georgia Southern and in 1994 endowed the award. He is now President of Central Connecticut State University.

Greg Chamblee, Jack Miller Educator of the Year award winner, is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. He was cited for his scholarship, grant writing and his many leadership roles within his department, college, university and professional area. Chamblee’s expertise is in technology, integrating technology in P-12 mathematics and using differing strategies to teach mathematics.

The award for Scholarship and Creative Activity was given to Associate Professor Sally Brown, Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading. Brown’s interests are in English language learners, Latino immigrants, K-3rd language and literacy development, classroom discourse analysis and sociocultural and critical perspectives on education.

Associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, Terry Diamanduros, is the recipient of the Jack Miller Award for Service. She is active within her department and program area and within the community. Her areas of research are childhood trauma, the psychological impact of trauma on boys, mental health consultation in schools, neurodevelopmental and psychoeducational assessment, the role of school psychologists in school and outside school settings, early intervention and infant development

The Jack Miller Award for Teaching went to Sabrina Ross, associate professor in Curriculum, Foundations and Reading. Ross’ research centers on critical pedagogy, teaching for social justice, black feminist and womanist epistemologies and issues of power in schools.

The Betty-Ware Wray Staff Award went to Earnestine Burns, academic advisor in the Student Success Center. The award annually recognizes a COE staff member who has excelled in job performance and university service. The award was established in memory of Betty-Ware Wray by her in-laws. She was a loved and respected member of the COE family for many years.

Earnestine Burns

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