AASU Presents 2009 Faculty Leadership Awards

(June 18, 2009) Armstrong Atlantic State University honored five faculty members recently at its 2009 Leadership Awards ceremony.

Helen Taggart, a professor of nursing, received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Academic Discipline. Taggart has had a long career as an educator and a contributing member to her profession at the state and national levels. She is also a noted international lecturer and expert in Tai chi. Most recently, she has worked to promote diversity in nursing. A grant that she brought to AASU, Project Success, helps academically and economically disadvantaged high school students to become interested in and competitive for admission to Armstrong Atlantic.

Anita Nivens, an associate professor of nursing, was presented with the Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Community. She was instrumental in securing a major Health Resources and Services Administration grant for a nurse practitioner clinic serving the chronically underserved at the St. Mary's Family Outreach Center. She has reached beyond the local community by creating and leading study-abroad mission trips to Guyana.

John Kraft, an associate professor of psychology, was recipient of the Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the University. He directs the Master of Arts in Liberal and Professional Studies program, serves on a variety of college, and university committees and task forces and is AASU's judicial affairs officer. He currently serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Pamela Sears, an assistant professor of theatre, took home the Brockmeier Award established to recognize an outstanding full-time faculty member, with one to five years of service. She was recognized as an outstanding teacher making significant contributions to her discipline and serving as a mentor and role model for students.

Jonathan Roberts, associate professor of psychology and head of the Honors Program, received the H. Dean Propst Award from the Student Government Association (SGA). The award recognizes faculty members who provide outstanding support of student involvement in academic and co-curricular activities. The SGA cited Roberts for organizing various volunteer projects, taking students to workshops and seminars and for being "an exemplary role model for students to look up to."