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2015 Presidential Faculty Award Recipients

Presidential Faculty Awards 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Ehme

Dr. Jeffrey Ehme, professor and chair of mathematics, Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching -- Senior Faculty

  • He has taught over two dozen different mathematics courses spanning the full range of offerings, including creating two of these courses.
  • Excellent mentor.  His students have won prizes in mathematics and presented papers at professional conferences.
  • One of his mentees wrote: “Dr. Ehme goes out of his way to make sure that he helps to foster strong, well rounded, successful young mathematicians.”
  • Described as having a gift for presenting complex mathematics to students in ways that help them learn effectively.

Dr. Jimmeka Guillory Wright

Dr. Jimmeka Guillory Wright, assistant professor of psychology, 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching -- Junior Faculty

  • Cognitive psychologist with expertise in memory, knowledge retention, and metacognition.
  • Studies and gives talks on the process of learning, to help make her colleagues better teachers and students betters learners, most recently at the August Faculty Institute.
  • Metacognition helps students avoid the “illusion of mastery,” by becoming more accurate in their judgments of what they know and don’t know, as well as implementing learning strategies that are known to be effective.
  • Dr. Guillory models inquiry for her students. One former student said: “She has influenced me to pursue research in graduate school and beyond and her love for learning is something that I will always admire.”

Dr. Christine Sizemore

Dr. Christine Sizemore, professor emerita of English, 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship – Senior Faculty

  • Prolific scholar of Modern and Contemporary British Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and Renaissance Literature. 
  • Has published a book, "Negotiating Identities in Women’s Lives: English Postcolonial and Contemporary British Novels," and over 30 papers since 1990.
  • Member of the Spelman Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon of Georgia Chapter
  • Strong advocate for liberal arts education, especially in the Humanities

Dr. Jakita Thomas

Dr. Jakita Thomas, assistant professor of computer science, 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship – Junior Faculty

  • Published over 50 articles and conference papers, two book chapters, and a book - "Supporting Complex Cognitive Skills: Exploring the Development and Transfer of Case Use In Middle-School Project-Based Inquiry Classrooms."
  • Recipient of NSF-CAREER Award, given to outstanding faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.
  • Uses technology to address the needs of underserved populations domestically and internationally.
  • Role model and mentor to students.

Dr. Anne Bradford Warner

Dr. Anne Bradford Warner, associate professor of English (retired) and director emerita of the Comprehensive Writing Program, 2015 Presidential Award for Distinguished Service

  • Championed the First-Year Writing Portfolio and lobbied for moving the portfolio from paper to a digital format.
  • Reinvigorated the Writing Intensive courses across the curriculum.
  • Recognized nationally for her leadership in writing advocacy and writing center direction.
  • Founding member of the Spelman Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon of Georgia chapter.

Dr. Leyte Winfield

Dr. Leyte Winfield, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2015 Vulcan Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Mentored approximately 32 students since receiving tenure, of whom five were G-STEM students and four were post-baccalaureate associates, and several of these individuals have since obtained degrees at the Ph.D., MD and master’s levels.
  • One of Dr. Winfield’s colleagues noted: “Leyte is wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that women of color, particularly African American women, have access to careers in STEM. This is evident by her extensive record of mentoring undergraduate students in independent research projects.”
  • Recipient of several grants (e.g. NSF, NIH), focused on improving the student learning experience in chemistry and STEM, leading to several peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences and symposia, most notably, a textbook (that includes an e-version) titled, “An Interactive Guide to Organic Chemistry”.
  • Introduced many innovations to students’ learning experience, including flipping the classroom and using Twitter to regularly communicate with students and foster continual learning.