KSU College of the Arts announces faculty, staff awards

Recipients honored for teaching, service and creative activity

For media inquiries: Scott Singleton
770-794-7776 or ssingle6@kennesaw.edu


KENNESAW, Ga. (August 28, 2012) — On Aug. 15, the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University announced the recipients of its distinguished faculty awards in the areas of teaching, service and research and creative activity. The college also presented its annual outstanding staff member award.

The 2011-2012 award recipients with the
dean of the College of the Arts. (From left) Jane Barnette, Diana Gregory, Chris Dziejowski,
Dean Joseph Meeks and Harrison Long.

Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant

Associate Professor of Art Education Diana Gregory, who lives in Cherokee, received the Distinguished Service Award. Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Harrison Long, who lives in Marietta, received the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award. Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Jane Barnette, who lives in Kennesaw, received the Distinguished Teaching Award. The Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award was presented to Chris Dziejowski, who lives in Kennesaw; Dziejowski is the studio technician and coordinator in the School of Art and Design.

Diana Gregory has not only served on committees at all levels within the university but has also served on state-wide arts organizations as coordinator and board director; these include service as the co-chair of Teacher Education Council, the President of Georgia Art Therapy Association, and the High Education Division Chair of Georgia Art Education Association. In addition, Gregory has played leadership roles in a wide array of service projects. These include, but are not limited to: service as coordinator of the self-study report that led to the School of Art and Design’s accreditation by the National Associate of Schools of Art and Design; and her service as coordinator of Online Collaborative Report and a juror for Istanbul Annual Art & Essay Contest. The significance of her professional service is also demonstrated through her sustained contribution to organizational improvement. For instance, she made significant contributions to revitalize the statewide exhibition named All State Art Symposium. Because of the quality of her service to the Art Education Association, Gregory was approached by the Georgia Art Education Association to first serve as the Professional Learning Unit evaluator and then was elected to the Board of Director, serving as Higher Education Division Elect 2007-2009 and then Division Chair 2009-2011.

Harrison Long is the coordinator of the acting concentration in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies. He has been on the faculty since 2005. While working full time at KSU, Long has managed to continue his acting career by performing in professional theatres around metro Atlanta and has received significant awards and recognition as well as rave reviews in newspapers and magazines for his work.
In addition to acting at professional theatres, Long has demonstrated excellence as a director. All four of his directing works at Kennesaw State received certificates of merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The most recent, "Splittin’ the Raft," was invited to perform at the regional KCACTF festival, from which his student actor, John Stewart, was selected to receive one of only three national acting awards. Furthermore, Long published the lyrics for the musical "Chaps" through Samuel French, and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the touring performances of "Splittin’ the Raft" and a grant from KSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for a faculty/student research project on Chekhov’s plays.

Jane Barnette is the resident dramaturg in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies.

Students, colleagues and administrators are impressed with the depth and richness of her teaching. One student wrote, “She made the most complex materials easy to comprehend because every class with her was intriguing, refreshing and so much fun! I still remember all the materials discussed in her classes because of the collaborative class discussions and individual group project.” Another wrote that he wished the class were longer “so as to partake of her breadth of knowledge on the subject.” Her departmental colleagues identify her as instrumental in the expansion of the theater curriculum, especially in the areas of theater history/criticism, essay writing and oral presentation. Barnette also seeks opportunities to share her teaching expertise through her prolific dramaturgical work, workshops, paper presentations at professional conferences and publications, including articles in refereed journals and book chapters. This summer, she organized the international conference of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Chris Dziejowski is the studio technician and coordinator in the School of Art and Design. As one nominator wrote, he “goes the extra mile to make sure students and faculty are taken care of… His reliability is second to none. Dziejowski is highly ingenious in coming up with solutions ranging from stunning feats of engineering to reorganization of space.”  Another nominator wrote, “From the first day he arrived, Chris has exhibited a passion for his job with the highest of skills and professionalism. Through rapid growth and changes he has never wavered from what he feels is the ultimate goal of making Visual Arts a top notch program.” 

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 130 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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