CEPS Student, Faculty and Staff Awards
Posted on May 20, 2022 by Amber Day
University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies faculty, staff and students were recently honored as we concluded the spring 2022 semester. Click the tabs below to read about this year's awardees.
Jessica Freeland received the Dr. Chandru Hiremath Memorial Instructional Design and Development Ph.D. Student of the Year award. Freeland earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Elementary Education, and recently completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development in May with a certificate in Human Performance. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.
Freeland grew up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She decided South would be a great school because it was still close to home and she fell in love with the campus. “I’ve been wanting to teach ever since I was a kid. I love teaching and I love designing instruction. My passion is integrating the arts into instruction to make it more hands-on, more engaging, more memorable and more developmentally available to all learners.”
Sharon Holbert received the Dr. John E. Morrow, Sr. Memorial Instructional Design and Development Master’s Student of the Year award. Holbert recently earned a master’s in instructional design and development from South. Before COVID-19, she worked as a contractor with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice as an IT trainer for staff and administrators. The contract ended because of the pandemic. While at South, Holbert served as a graduate assistant and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and Instructional Design & Development Graduate Association. “While searching, I found the Instructional Design and Development program at South online, and it was a great fit! South has been a convenient online platform for learning, with rigorous instruction that has pushed my abilities to a higher level. I love instructional design because it provides the opportunity to create organized instruction using various mediums to achieve goals and objectives. I love learning and helping others learn as well, and this program has definitely assisted me in becoming a better instructor and learning creator. I am glad I chose South; it was one of the best decisions I have made!”received the Dr. John E. Morrow, Sr. Memorial Instructional Design and Development Master’s Student of the Year award. Holbert recently earned a master’s in instructional design and development from South. Before COVID-19, she worked as a contractor with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice as an IT trainer for staff and administrators. The contract ended because of the pandemic. While at South, Holbert served as a graduate assistant and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and Instructional Design & Development Graduate Association. “While searching, I found the Instructional Design and Development program at South online, and it was a great fit! South has been a convenient online platform for learning, with rigorous instruction that has pushed my abilities to a higher level. I love instructional design because it provides the opportunity to create organized instruction using various mediums to achieve goals and objectives. I love learning and helping others learn as well, and this program has definitely assisted me in becoming a better instructor and learning creator. I am glad I chose South; it was one of the best decisions I have made!”
Lucas Andrianopoulos received the Outstanding Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) Graduate Student award. Andrianopoulos will earn a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the summer 2022. He is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society. Andrianopoulos plans to run his own private practice in the future, with a long-term goal to create a practice that incorporates music therapy, poetry therapy and therapeutic horticulture within one facility. “I decided to study at South because my grandfather, Walter Darring, taught English for years at the University. I have always looked up to him, developing my passion for the humanities through his generous attention and appreciation. I have pivoted to a focus on counseling as an expression of my passion for counseling psychology, because I have always felt called to be there with people in their times of suffering. I am always looking for ways to plant the seeds of compassion in the world and counseling opened my eyes to a more holistic embrace of what helping others looks like.”
Stephanie Bradford received the Outstanding School Counseling (M.Ed.) Graduate Student award. Bradford recently earned a master’s degree in school counseling from South and was a member of Chi Sigma Iota and Phi Kappa Phi. She also hopes to become a school counselor in Mobile and looks forward to working with the educators in the community and partnering with students and families. “Dr. Amy Upton has been a constant source of encouragement and champion for my success in the school counseling graduate program. I remember a Zoom call with her in May 2020 when I was deciding whether to apply to the graduate program. Given my lack of experience in the field of education, I had my fair share of apprehension over whether I would be a good fit for the program. I also had my concerns over the feasibility of completing a full-time master’s as an ‘older’ student managing the demands of a family. In that first conversation with Dr. Upton, she exuded passion for the field of school counseling and articulated so clearly why and how school counselors make a difference in our schools. She spoke with such love for her profession and convinced me right then and there that school counselors have the best job in the world. Since that first conversation with Dr. Upton, she has remained the biggest cheerleader for my cohort members and I, providing us constant support, encouragement and wisdom as we have made our way through each step of the process.
Patrice Browning received the Outstanding Educational Media - Library (M.Ed.) Graduate Student award. Browning recently earned a Master of Education in Educational Media/Library Media from South. She hopes to become a school librarian where she currently lives, in Pocatello, Idaho. “I have absolutely loved learning the skills necessary to be a good school librarian. This school year I have been working as a school librarian while being in the library media program. It has been a fabulous experience to be able to immediately apply what I've been learning in class. No day or hour is the same as the next in a school library. I love the variety of tasks and especially interacting with students. It makes my day when I'm able to have a positive interaction with an at-risk student. Thomas S. Monson once said that people are more important than programs. I feel that strongly. My first priority each day is to reach out in love to my students. My second priority is to run the library. Putting my day in this order keeps me feeling enthused and empowered to make a difference.”
Gabrielle Barnickel received the Outstanding Educational Media and Technology (M.S.) Graduate Student award. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational media and technology at South. Barnickel is passionate about the field of study because she is a technology teacher for grades 3-5. She hopes to continue her education one day and pursue a doctorate. “My students inspire me professionally because it is my job to prepare them to be competent with technology. My two boys inspire me personally and are the reason I have not given up on my dream to write a children's book. My hope is to use their adventures on the farm, fishing and hunting to inspire a storyline for my book. The Jag family makes you feel at home. My professors have been quick to respond, help and extend grace when needed throughout my whole grad school journey.”
Kyle Brasil received the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Research Award. Brasil will earn a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from South in July 2024. He is a member of the CCP Graduate Student Organization and Psi Chi. I chose South to study under Dr. Ryon McDermott. “Dr. McDermott, he has been an incredible mentor who has afforded me so many opportunities. There is not enough space to fully capture what he has done for me and my family. I plan to become an academic where I can continue to conduct research, mentor and teach the next generations. I also hope to develop a rural mental health clinic that would provide services to underserved populations and training and research opportunities.”
Hannah Hinkel received the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Psychotherapy Award. Hinkel will earn a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from South in 2024. She is a member of the CCP Graduate Student Organization and several professional organizations, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Society for Health Psychology. “I chose to attend South to work under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Currier in order to receive specialized clinical and research training in the areas of veteran mental health, trauma and behavioral health. Dr. Currier has played a vital role in my professional development and has been invested in my personal growth. I’m deeply grateful for his mentorship and advocacy to generate clinical and research opportunities that align with my interests and that will bolster my skills and competence. In the near future, I hope to serve as a staff psychologist at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, working on an interdisciplinary team and providing clinical care to veterans with chronic medical conditions and exposure to traumatic events. Additionally, I hope to supervise doctoral interns and practicum students and engage in research activities.”
Katie Kennedy received the Outstanding Exercise Science Graduate Student award. Kennedy recently earned a master’s degree in exercise science from South. She worked as a graduate assistant and served as a member of the Academic Standards Committee. Kennedy hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at Texas Tech University and plans to continue teaching and research at a university in the future. “I attended South to work with Dr. Colquhoun, and I had the unique opportunity to lead my own research from the start of my time here. I am passionate about involving more females in research and understanding how we can improve the health and wellness of not only athletes but the everyday individual looking to be more active. Dr. Colquhoun has had an inspiring impact both on my experience at South and my career. I am inspired by his ability to care about his students as people while still pushing them to pursue the highest levels of the field academically and professionally.”
Elaina Rilee White received the Outstanding Exercise Science Undergraduate Student award. White recently earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health and Fitness and a minor in Spanish. She was involved in the First Year Council during her freshman year at South and served as the standards assistant, social chair and president of Phi Mu Fraternity throughout her collegiate career. She also served as the vice president of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club, secretary for the Exercise Science Club, member of the JagFIT Club, Junior Panhellenic committee delegate, and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. “My plans in the fall include beginning occupational therapy school at South. Upon graduation from OT school, hopefully I will begin working in the field as an occupational therapist, but also as an entrepreneur. My aspirations are to work with either pelvic floor patients or veterans and prosthetics. On the side, I would like to serve regularly as a therapist for nonprofit organizations like Doctors Without Borders or the Homeless Project here in Mobile. I also hope to possibly create a little business to make occupational therapy more personal to better serve my pelvic floor patients in the privacy of their own homes.”
Rebekah Howard received the Outstanding Health and Physical Education/Teacher Certification Undergraduate Student award. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at South. Howard has been working as a dance teacher and choreographer in the Mobile area for many years. “Dance has always been a huge part of my life, and I absolutely love teaching. I wanted to become a certified teacher so that I could share my passion for dance with public school students, many of whom might not be able to afford lessons at a dance studio. I decided to study at South because it is local and has an excellent physical education teacher certification program.”
Paige Stribling received the Outstanding Health and Physical Education/Teacher Certification Graduate Student award. Stribling recently earned a master’s degree in physical education (P-12). She served as president of the Health and Physical Education Major Club, manager of the Women's Basketball team and a member of Kappa Delta Phi. Stribling said Dr. Holden has had the biggest impact on her while at South. “She has guided me through my career and pushed me out of my comfort zone many times. Thanks to her, I have done things I never thought I would do. For example, I am currently working with her and Dr. Parkes on some research and they had me present it at a research event. I never would have thought I'd be doing research nor presenting it at a college event, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.”
Belinda May received the Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Undergraduate Student award. May recently earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and recreation studies. She played on the USA golf team. May said that Dr. Woltring played a large part in her success while at South. “He always made class so interesting and many times we would have conversations on the differences between many things from New Zealand to America. Funny golf stories and tips were also exchanged between us over the last four years. If I ever had any questions or was struggling to handle the load of school and golf I would always talk to Dr. Woltring and he always gave the best advice and helped me as much as he could.”
Heather Barsukoff received the Outstanding Recreational Therapy Undergraduate Student award. Barsukoff recently earned a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy with honors. She has participated in many clubs and organizations, including the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club, Recreational Therapy Association as treasurer, Campus Civitan as vice president, Criminal Justice Association, Indian Student Association, Mortar Board, Freshman Leadership Scholars, and Passage USA as a peer mentor. In addition, Barsukoff was in the Honors College at South. “My plans for the fall are to pursue my doctorate degree in occupational therapy at Wingate University. Upon graduation, I hope to enter the workforce as an occupational therapist specializing in either lymphedema, veterans and prostheses, delayed development or low vision. My aspirations are to eventually open a practice of my own and to heavily use therapy dogs in my treatment and practice.”
Sean Sutton received the Outstanding Sport Management Graduate Student award. Sutton recently earned a master’s degree in sport management from South. Most recently, Sutton served as a South Cheerleading graduate assistant coach. “South is a great university on the Gulf Coast. I've been actively working in sports for 20 years. The master's program was a great fit to become a better professional in my field.”
Emily Fogt received the Outstanding Hospitality and Tourism Management Undergraduate Student award. Fogt recently earned her bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from South. She served as a member of the Student Government Association, Eta Sigma Delta Hospitality Honor Society, Hospitality and Tourism Management Ambassadors and the Pre-Law Society. “Every professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management has had a huge impact on the way I think and the opportunities I've had. Thinking of freshman year, before school even started, they sent out an email looking for students to help at an Airbus conference. This was such a huge opportunity for me. This is just one example of the vast opportunities that these professors go out of their way to find for you.”
Amelia Rose Zimlich received the Outstanding Interdisciplinary Studies Student award. Zimlich recently earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from South. She served as a member of the Catholic Student Association, a summer camp counselor for the Campus Recreation Center, a writer for Due South magazine, an office assistant and the “Talks & Topics” chair for Jaguar Productions, an orientation leader with Southbound Orientation and the editor-in-chief of The Vanguard during her time at South. Zimlich said that Dr. Moody has been a key contributor to her education. “When I had questions about my internship class and schedule, I contacted him to get clarity. He went above and beyond to give me the most optimal and personalized internship experience, which has been a major highlight of my senior year. I am so grateful for his willingness to work with students and his feedback, encouragement and attention to detail in his classes.”
Ashley Weaver Field received the Outstanding K-6 Teacher Education Student Teacher award. Field earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and recently enrolled in graduate school for elementary education at South. “The College of Education and Professional Studies is unique in the fact that it has professors and staff that genuinely care about the success of their students. The professors go above and beyond and are willing to help students long after they leave their class. The first person that comes to mind as a positive contributor to my experience at South is Mrs. Lomax. She has high expectations, but gives her students everything they need to be successful. Her dedication to seeing her students succeed is evident. She is always willing to help. Mrs. Lomax has helped me grow to be a more confident teacher. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from her.”
Leigh Shropshire received the Outstanding Graduate Student - Elementary/Early Childhood Education award. Shropshire recently earned her master’s degree in elementary education from South. “I started my master’s after being out of school for 20 years and was very hesitant to do this due to my age. Dr. Byrd was one of the first professors I had when I began this program. She gave me great advice, answered any questions I had, and was available to help me anytime I asked. I later took a math elective with Dr. Byrd where I learned so much about how to be a more effective math teacher. She made me branch out and try new things with my students, and it proved to be very beneficial to myself and my students. Dr. Byrd was also very encouraging and supportive during a trying time in my life this past fall semester. I am so grateful for Dr. Byrd's guidance and support.”
Kristin Kuehn received the Outstanding Graduate Student Elementary/Early Childhood Education award. Kuehn recently earned her alternative master’s degree in elementary education from South. “My goal is to work in an elementary school utilizing my teaching degree. South had an alternative route for individuals interested in getting certified in teaching with a different undergraduate degree. I am passionate about teaching because I want to be a positive role model for students and help them achieve success.”
Katie Johnson received the Outstanding Graduate Student - Special Education award. Johnson recently earned her master’s degree in special education. During her time at South, she focused her efforts on improving her local school system, applying what she was learning in real time. Johnson said that Dr. Baxter made a positive impact on her while at South. “I would take a test, miss a question, then email her about it. I was so stressed out over making sure that I was understanding everything precisely the way that I would be tested on and how I would be applying it in my own classroom. Dr. Baxter was so patient with me and explained every single concept. She's just a great teacher. She believes in her students and she wants to make us into the teacher that will spend that time helping our students the way that she helped me.”
Anthony Burkett received the Outstanding PASSAGE USA Student award. Burkett recently graduated from the PASSAGE USA program. During his time at South, he served as a member of the USA Civitan Club. Burkett plans to return to South in the fall to attend the extended PASSAGE USA program. He says that Dr. Chanto-Wetter played a large role in his success at South. “She has always believed in me and pushed me to be better.”
Shenavia Todd-Norwood received the Outstanding K-12 Leadership Master’s Student award. Todd-Norwood recently earned her master’s degree in K-12 leadership. During her time at South, she served as a member of Kappa Delta Pi. Upon graduation, Todd-Norwood hopes to get a job as a school administrator. “I decided to attend South because I believed that I could receive a quality education while staying close to home. The College of Education and Professional Studies is very unique because of the faculty’s dedication for the success of all learners. The program consists of a rigorous and informative program that provides students with requirements for application into the chosen careers.”
Karin Bryson received the Outstanding Higher Education Leadership Master’s Student award. Bryson
recently earned her master’s degree in administration. During her time at South, Bryson
served as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She recently
accepted a position at the University of Alabama as an assistant graduate registrar.
“South always felt like home from my first campus tour. I love helping students reach
their full potential and making their lives easier by doing my job to the best of
my ability. College students are in a unique transition period in their lives, and
I love to watch them grow to their full potential. The faculty at the College of Education
and Professional Sciences are very open to discussion and the pursuit of knowledge.”
Jacob Green received the Outstanding Secondary Education Student Teacher award. Green recently earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and biology with University honors. During his time at South, Green was a member of the Student Government Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Animal Rights Alliance, Mortar Board and USA Honors College Association. Green plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Botany at Washington State and hopes to teach in higher education one day. He said that South is a special university because of the faculty. “Dr. McCorrison has been my advisor, mentor and professor throughout the last three years at South. She has always exuded professionalism and friendliness towards me since day one and for that I am forever grateful. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Dr. McCorrison.”
Malcolm Meares received the Outstanding Student - Secondary Education award. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in social sciences. Meares is from Mobile, and previously attended the Alabama School for the Blind. During his time at South, Meares served as a member of the History Club. “I chose South because it was close to my house and my parents also attended South in the past. I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was young, and I want to follow in my grandfather's footsteps.”
Isabella Zimlich received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student - K-6 Teacher Education award. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. While at South, Zimlich I was involved in as many activities. She started an intramural soccer team just a few weeks into my freshman year and recruited her friends at the Catholic Student Association to play. During her sophomore year, she was an orientation leader and spent most of the summer of 2020 welcoming the newest members of Jaguar Nation. Last summer, she worked at the USA Literacy Center Summer Camp. She worked in other positions at South, including Jag PAL, subject tutor, success coach, and senior success coach. “My plans are to work as an elementary teacher and inspire young children to explore their world and be life-long lovers of learning. While I do not intend to pursue my master’s at present, I suspect that a second degree is likely in the future for me. I am passionate about my education because teaching young children is what brings me joy. I live for those ‘aha’ moments, and there is nothing I love more than showing students that learning is fun. Education is a way that students learn about themselves, their friends, and the world around them, and I want to do my best to make sure that all of my students leave me with confidence in themselves and their ability to continue learning on their own."
Mia Pennison received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student - Special Education 6-12 award. Pennison recently earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from South. She served as a mentor of PASSAGE USA and a resident assistant for Housing. Pennison now plans to return to her hometown in Covington, Louisiana, to teach and hopes to become involved in organizations such as Miracle League. “The USA College of Education and Professional Studies cultivates and integrates students with special needs in a way that brings respect and value to the neurodiversity of our population. Dr. Wetter, John Heinl, Dr. Baxter and all of the PASSAGE USA staff have contributed to my experience at South. They opened my eyes to the incredible opportunity to work with people with special needs, believed in my ability to adequately serve this community and taught me ways to grow my teaching methods. More than anyone, the PASSAGE USA students showed me the meaning of why I do what I do and made me know exactly where I was supposed to be in terms of serving the community with my career.”
Sophia Zimlich received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student - Early Childhood Studies award. Zimlich recently earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies. During her time at South, Zimlich worked as a camp counselor at the Summer Recreation Camp and office assistant for Jaguar Productions. Zimlich is currently employed as a paraprofessional in a First Class PreK classroom at Council Traditional School. She was hired over Christmas break and started work the first week of January 2022. “Dr. Rebecca Giles and Ms. Michelle Shropshire have hugely and positively impacted my experience at South and especially within my major. Dr. Giles has guided me through several of my early childhood classes. I have learned so much from her both inside and outside of class. Ms. Shropshire has been absolutely amazing as my internship supervisor. I have learned more than I ever expected under her supervision. These two women are some of the most caring and kind professors I have interacted with at South. Dr. Lawrence Tatom was another inspiring professor that I had the privilege to get to know. His dedication to his field, his students and also his sense of humor made my time on campus fun and exciting. Also, a big thank you to Ms. Laura Cartwright for teaching me finite math in my sophomore year. She actually made math fun. Lastly, I want to thank Ms. Aleesha Palombo, who I took dance classes from. She is such a special gem. Her personality, smile and wit, along with her dance skills, made my day each time I saw her.”
Gerry Jean Clark Exemplary Staff Award - Patricia Foster
Being located in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Building requires above average levels of coordination as many areas in the building are shared with Athletics, University events and the Jaguar Marching Band. Patricia Foster does an excellent job of recognizing the needs of everyone involved and organizing availability to meet the demands. Foster has also been incredible in regards to course scheduling and helping with the management of adjunct instructors. There are many seen and unseen aspects to her position and she handles all of them in a professional and timely manner. She is always willing to help any faculty or staff member in the department, with whatever is needed. Her work ethic, interpersonal skills, and professionalism in working with students, staff, and faculty are appreciated by all.
Faculty of Excellence Award - Dr. Ryan Colquhoun
Dr. Ryan Colquhoun demonstrates extraordinary commitment to the success of the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport and the College of Education and Professional Studies. During the previous academic year, Colquhoun increased the research capabilities of the exercise science laboratories by creating a resistance exercise lab space where he is currently managing a time-intensive resistance training study. As a part of this study, he has included heavy involvement of eight undergraduate students and two master's students as research assistants and coordinators. This is being noticed by many other students in the department and is helping to grow a culture of involvement and excitement among our students. He is actively working with students to submit abstracts for poster presentations at annual conferences for academic professional organizations, including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, International Society of Sports Nutrition, and Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine. Last summer, under Colquhoun 's guidance, our master's student, Katie Kennedy, won the award for Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Presentation at the annual NSCA conference. For upcoming conferences, Colquhoun mentored five undergraduate students and two master 's students who have submitted abstracts for poster presentations at the NSCA annual conference. Kennedy, under Colquhoun's guidance, will also be giving a ten-minute oral presentation at the ISSN annual conference this upcoming summer. In addition, Colquhoun served as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow mentor last summer, and he will do so again this summer. Furthermore, he is the thesis mentor for Kennedy, who will graduate this summer and enroll in a Ph.D. program at Texas Tech University. He has also been active in collaborating with other faculty members on their research projects demonstrating his willingness to be a team member, and to not build a silo within the department. The commitment to student involvement and research activity portrayed by Colquhoun cannot be stressed enough. This effort is resulting in increased visibility and recognition of our Exercise Science program on regional and national scales.
Despite his commitment to research, Colquhoun has also excelled in teaching and service. At the departmental level, Colquhoun serves as the exercise science graduate program coordinator, activity program coordinator, and graduate assistant coordinator. These service activities are time-consuming and critical to the well-being of the department. Colquhoun is a committee member of the USA Institutional Review Board, which is an important role in ensuring efficient implementation of research compliance across the University community. Colquhoun is an extremely collegial member of the department and college. He always finds the time to ask his co-workers how they are doing and genuinely enjoys working to help achieve collective goals.
Faculty of Excellence Award - Dr. Jeanette Manders
Dr. Jeanette “Jenny” Manders consistently involves students in innovative and creative strategies to engage them in online learning and revises her teaching to improve student learning outcomes. She has most recently participated in Symbiosis Course Redesign through departmental collaboration with Symbiosis and the USA Innovation in Learning Center as well as the Association of College and University Educators Course Redesign. Manders' service includes involvement and significant community engagement in Baldwin County as evidenced by her recent selection by leadership in the Office of Community Engagement to be part of the 2020 Faculty Fellows Program in Service Learning and Community Engagement. Her most recent community service in Baldwin County includes: South Baldwin Literacy Council; South Baldwin Chamber Foundation Board; Coastal Alabama Business Chamber; and Education Council, Scholarship Committee, Business Development Committee. For the University of South Alabama, Manders most recently served on the Writing Committee and is the chair of the Prior Learning Assessment Committee. She has been instrumental in the development of time-intensive instructive and policy documents to initiate PLA by Portfolio. These include but are not limited to the PLA Policy Guide, PLA Faculty Reviewer 's Guide and rubric, PLA Student Contract, and the PLA Online Module.
Dean’s Award of Excellence - Dr. Paige Vitulli
Dr. Paige Vitulli is recognized for the Dean’s Award of Excellence for her leadership skills and efforts as chair of the Department of Integrative Studies and interim chair of the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, faculty athletic representative for the University, officer of the USA National Alumni Association Board, and for her involvement with various community organizations. She is recognized as an innovator and effective collaborator across the University community. Vitulli is acknowledged as supportive in creating and sharing ideas while working for the betterment of students, faculty and staff. “As someone who has enriched the lives of so many students through the excellence of her teaching and service to help every student, Vitulli richly deserves recognition through this award,” said Dr. John Kovaleski, interim dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.