Awardees - 2015
Dr. Esther Leerkes (HHS Graduate Mentoring Award)
HHS recognizes and rewards faculty who
demonstrate excellence in mentoring graduate students, by assisting them in
clarifying and advancing their academic and professional goals. This year’s
awardee, Dr. Esther Leerkes has a mentoring philosophy that encourages students to pave a path of
their own interests, rather than follow identically in her footsteps.
Dr. Leerkes facilitates
the networking with multiple faculty that allows students to follow their passion,
while challenging them to engage in work that matters in the “real world.” And, she doesn't stop mentoring students once they graduate. She continues to support her students as they begin their professional careers. Congratulations, Esther!
Dr. Donna Duffy (Community Engaged Scholarship Award)
Dr. Donna Duffy is this year’s Community Engaged Scholarship awardee. As Director of the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity, she engages students in the work in ways that contribute to their
education, partners with the community to conduct research that is important and
timely, and disseminates evidence-based knowledge to improve practice.
Dr. Duffy is a
collaborator and educator at heart providing our students with wonderful
opportunities to participate in research and educational initiatives with a range of community partners. HHS congratulates Dr. Donna
Duffy in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness as this year’s Community Engaged Scholarship Awardee.
Dr. Catherine Scott-Little ( HHS Teaching Excellence Award)
The HHS Teaching Excellence Award is made possible each year by the Office of the Provost. The 2014-15 awardee, Dr. Catherine Scott-Little of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is described by her nominator as one of UNCG's very best teachers.
HDF Department Chair Dr. Mark Fine stated that in his four years at UNCG, he has never heard a comment that was anything but sterling about her teaching. An atmosphere of mutual respect in the classroom is evident in Dr. Scott-Little's teaching. Students describe her as 'awesome, positive, inspiring and encouraging'. Congratulations!
Prof. Karen 'Pea' Poole ( Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award)
The Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award was established to honor a faculty member who displays teaching excellence in the School of Home Economics, now the School of Health and Human Sciences. Prof. Karen 'Pea' Poole, Department of Kinesiology, is the 2014-15 awardee.
She was described by her Chair as someone who is an exceptionally strong and effective teacher who loves to teach and is able and willing to teach a breadth of courses in the department. Students are very complimentary of her teaching and appreciate her approachability, patience, encouragement, constructive feedback--and, especially her sense of humor! Students know that Pea loves what she does!
Dr. Sharon Morrison ( Gail Hennis Graduate Teaching Award)
The Gail Hennis Graduate Teaching
award is available for faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Kinesiology and Public Health
Education. Dr. Hennis was a long time faculty member in Kinesiology and former
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. This year’s awardee from the Department of Public Health Education was described by
her chair as a dedicated professor who challenges her students to learn. She sets a high bar, and then helps students reach it. In her
class, students must engage with the subject matter, but also with people.
focus mirrors what public health education practice is all about – meeting people
where they are and helping them achieve the health they desire. HHS congratulate Dr. Sharon Morrison, this year’s Gail Hennis Graduate Teaching
Dr. Roger Mills-Koonce (Junior Research Excellence Award)
The Junior Research Excellence Award recognizes a faculty member who
demonstrates excellence in research and potential for growth as a scholar. Dr. Roger Mills-Koonce, this
year’s awardee, has accomplished more in the two years since coming to UNCG
than most would accomplish in a decade.
He is a talented and prolific researcher
tackling topics of high relevance to children and families. Dr. Mills-Koonce is committed to
supporting the research endeavors of other faculty and students and has become an
active and highly sought after mentor to UNCG students.
Susan Calkins (Senior Research Excellence Award)
The Senior Research Excellence Award recognizes faculty who demonstrate
excellence in their research. Dr. Susan Calkins, this year’s awardee, has been described as a prolific
researcher and excellent collaborator who has worked tirelessly to enhance the
research environment of UNCG. She is an internationally recognized expert on
emotion regulation across childhood and into young adulthood.
Dr. Calkins' highly
productive and impactful research provides students and junior colleagues with
rich and meaningful opportunities to engage in research with her. She launched the Child and Family Research Network (CFRN) which is probably the most active
research network on campus with 184 active members representing every unit on
Verna Leslie (Outstanding Staff Award)
The HHS Outstanding Staff Award recognizes a member of the staff in HHS who
provides outstanding leadership and service to our School that goes beyond the
normal scope of their responsibilities.
This year’s awardee epitomizes those
qualities. Her nominator said that what differentiates her is her unwavering
devotion to duty, her willingness to work over and above what is expected, and her
innovation. Her experience, knowledge and work ethic make her the “go-to”
person in the office. HHS congratulates Verna Leslie in the HHS Office of Research as this year’s awardee!