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Georgia Southern educational leadership faculty recognized for international award

Daniel Calhoun, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University’s Daniel Calhoun, Ph.D., associate professor of educational leadership, is one of only three individuals internationally to receive the 2020 Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association — College Student Educators International (ACPA).

The award recognizes senior student affairs professionals for demonstrated excellence in administrative service or teaching, research and publications, professional service and leadership.

“To be recognized by ACPA, the professional organization I’ve belonged to since I was a graduate student is especially rewarding,” said Calhoun. “Being a teacher is not something I really think about doing, it is just who I am. So much of what we do in the field of education isn’t always tangible, so reading what colleagues and students said about me in their nomination letters was both surreal and humbling.” 

A member of the College of Education (COE) faculty for more than nine years, Calhoun serves as the director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration program and co-director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. In Calhoun’s nomination packet for the ACPA award, 24 letters of recommendation were compiled from current and former students, student affairs professionals, and faculty members spanning from his current role at Georgia Southern, to his previous positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Queens University of Charlotte and Western Illinois University. 

“The abundance of recommendation letters for Dr. Calhoun is very telling of the impact he has had within the field,” said COE colleague and assistant professor of educational leadership Steven Tolman, Ed.D. “We are extremely proud to see him recognized on a national level for the dedication and service we have seen from him on a daily basis here on the educational leadership team.”

President of Atlanta Metropolitan State College and former Vice President of Student Affairs at Georgia Southern, Georj Lewis, Ed.D., included a letter of support for Calhoun’s ACPA nomination, stating that he had benefited from Calhoun’s “enthusiasm about education, his willingness to support others’ educational advancement and his spirit of collegiality.”

“Dr. Calhoun’s scholarship, service and willingness to work has earned him the respect of students, faculty and student affairs practitioners alike,” wrote Lewis. “His enthusiasm for the profession is refreshing and contagious. Dr. Calhoun is an exceptional person and has my support without equivocation.”

Calhoun has served as committee chair for 15 completed doctoral dissertations as well as the chair of seven in-progress dissertations. His service as a committee member of dissertations and directed research projects spans over 40 students. Calhoun often collaborates with current and former students of the educational leadership graduate programs for research and was published in three peer-reviewed journals as well as a book chapter and two book reviews in 2019. =

“I enjoy working with students in and outside of the classroom,” said Calhoun. “It is my hope that through appropriate challenge and support, by providing concrete connections between theory and practice, and by providing mentorship and guidance, my students become active learners and leaders within higher education or the K-12 system.”

Award winners will be honored at the 2020 ACPA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in March.

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