October 24, 2019
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John Stephen
Communications Specialist

VSU’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Awards Honor Distinguished Faculty and Staff

The 2019 VSU Presidential Excellence Award recipients, who were recognized at fall convocation and are pictured here with President Richard A. Carvajal, are (from left to right) Dr. Zhiguang Xu, Dr. Alicja Rieger, Dr. Anne Greenfield, Dr. Grazyna Walczak, Keisha Roberts, and Lisa Long. (Not pictured: Dr. Emily Cantonwine)

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University recently recognized its 2019 Presidential Excellence Award recipients.

Each year, VSU continues its tradition of honoring faculty and staff excellence with awards recognizing the diverse talents and contributions of its innovative and active employees. Awards are given for excellence in teaching, research, service, online teaching, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Zhiguang Xu is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching. The Presidential Excellence Award for Teaching recognizes a faculty member who employs innovative teaching strategies and demonstrates a strong commitment to student success. Xu, professor of computer science, was chosen for ensuring his courses remain at the forefront of computer science education and for his extensive efforts to engage students both in and out of the classroom. (read full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/10/dr.-zhiguang-xu-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-teaching.php

Dr. Alicja Rieger is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Research. The Presidential Excellence Award for Research recognizes a faculty member with a strong record of creative scholarship. Rieger, professor of special education, was chosen for her extensive research in using humor for various educational purposes and in teacher education preparation; her dedication to sharing her research around the world; and her efforts to encourage graduate and undergraduate research. (read full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/10/dr.-alicja-rieger-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-research.php)

Dr. Emily Cantonwine is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Service. The Presidential Excellence Award for Service recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a strong and consistent commitment to service at VSU and to the local community. Cantonwine, professor of biology, was chosen for her prolific and pioneering service efforts at the university, community, state, national, and international level. (read full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/09/dr.-emily-cantonwine-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-service.php)

Dr. Grazyna Walczak is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning recognizes a faculty member who produces innovative scholarly work on the science of teaching and learning and regularly contributes new questions and knowledge on the subject. Walczak, an associate professor of Spanish, was chosen for continually researching and implementing advanced technologies and teaching strategies to help overcome barriers in foreign language education, and then sharing what she’s learned with fellow colleagues at VSU and beyond. (ready full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/10/dr.-gra%C5%BCyna-walczak-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-scholarship-of-teaching-and-learning.php)

Dr. Anne Greenfield is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Online Teaching. The Presidential Excellence Award for Online Teaching recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates a strong commitment to quality online teaching and learning; employs innovative online teaching practices; and develops rapport with individual learners in and beyond the virtual classroom. (read full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/10/dr.-anne-greenfield-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-online-teaching.php)

Lisa Long is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Service: Classified Staff. The Presidential Excellence Award for Service: Classified Staff recognizes a staff member who exhibits high standards of service and an exemplary and innovative job performance. Long, associate director of admissions, was chosen for her more than three decades of unwavering excellence, passion, and leadership in the Office of Admissions. (read full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/10/lisa-long-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-service-classified-staff.php)

Keisha Roberts is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 Presidential Excellence Award for Service: Classified Staff. The Presidential Excellence Award for Service: Classified Staff recognizes a staff member who exhibits high standards of service and an exemplary and innovative job performance. Roberts, a data warehouse information analyst in the Division of Information Technology, was chosen for her untiring work ethic, her pioneering software development, and her involvement in the majority of VSU’s successes regarding student retention and access to data in the last decade. (read full story at https://www.valdosta.edu/about/news/releases/2019/10/keisha-roberts-honored-with-presidential-excellence-award-for-service-classified-staff.php)

The 2019-2020 recipients were publicly recognized at the fall convocation and received a monetary prize of $1,000.

On the Web:
https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/academic-affairs/presidential-excellence-awards.php
https://www.valdosta.edu/administration/council-on-staff-affairs/staff-excellence-awards.php
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