University College/General Education Annual Awards

Appalachian State’s University College and General Education Teaching Awards Ceremony is held each year to honor faculty and staff who excel in innovative teaching, advising, student advocacy, mentoring, and community engagement. In early January, a call for nominations is shared with divisions across campus requesting recommendations for the most influential faculty and staff in nine award categories. The 2019 award winners include:

•    Leah R. Hamilton, Social Work – Wayne D. Duncan Appalachian State University Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship

•    Lillian Nave, First Year Seminar – The Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in First Year Seminar

•    Martha McCaughey, First Year Seminar – Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award

•    Shannon Shanely, Recreation Management and Physical Education (RMPE) – The Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching, Non-Tenure Track 

•    J. Joy James, Recreation Management and Physical Education (RMPE) – The University College Aportfolio Award for Excellence in Teaching

•    Keith Martin, Department of Theatre and Dance – The University College Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

•    Laura Newmark, Advising and Orientation – The University College Award for Excellence in Student Advising

•    Steve Hageman, Geological & Environmental Sciences – The Transfer Champion Award for significant contributions to the improvement of transfer student access, persistence, and success

•    No nominations received – Excellence in General Education Student Mentoring

Mark Ginn, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Educations, and Ted Zerucha, Director of General Education, honored seven faculty members during the 2019 awards ceremony, held in the solarium on April 16, 2019. The recipient of the Harvey R. Durham Award was honored during a separate ceremony.

By Terri Lockwood

About University College

Formed in 2007, University College consists of the university’s general education program, faculty and staff support, and co-curricular programming and support – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom. All students at Appalachian begin their education in University College and benefit from its programs until they graduate. Learn more at

Pictured are Dr. Leah R. Hamilton and Dr. Mark Ginn
Published: May 22, 2019 3:07pm