KENNESAW, Ga. | Aug 11, 2017
KSU Foundation recognizes excellence in annual ceremony
Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens recognized more than three dozen individuals Thursday during Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony at which the Kennesaw State University Foundation awarded more than $141,000.
“I am honored to be the president of Kennesaw State University, and I am excited to be a part of this ceremony that rewards deserving members of KSU’s faculty and staff for their work and commitment to making KSU the world-class university that it has become,” said Olens.
The Foundation awarded $120,000 in funds recognizing faculty excellence in research, teaching and professional service. The Foundation also awarded $21,000 in funds for staff and administrator awards.
Philosophy Professor David Jones took top honors as winner of the University’s Distinguished Professor Award.
Jones said he was honored to be recognized by the KSU Foundation for his teaching and research.
“We have one of the most unique philosophy programs in the nation with an impressively talented faculty serving our students,” Jones said, “and I believe one or two others in the history and philosophy department will be recipients of this award in the future.”
In making the presentation, Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the KSU Foundation selected Jones, who has taught at Kennesaw State since 1994, from among a group of three finalists.
“The selected recipient of this award has not only been distinguished in his excellence in teaching but has also held leading roles nationally and internationally,” Harmon said of Jones. “His service has distinguished our university as an educational leader with prominence in research and service.”
Harmon noted that Jones has been the founding editor of a prominent journal and held leadership roles over many years, and has provided active service to a number of academic communities at the local, regional, national and international levels. He has served as the philosophy student association faculty advisor for the last 22 years, and originated several programs such as Asian Studies and Peace Studies.
The award, which recognizes achievement and excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and professional service – and the integration of all three of these disciplines into a coherent career thread at Kennesaw State University. It comes with a $20,000 award.
The other two Distinguished Professor Award finalists, physics professor Nikolaos
Kidonakis and computer science professor Chih-Cheng Hung, each received $2,500 from
the KSU Foundation.
Other faculty awards included:
- College of the Arts: Natashya Armer-Giardina
- Bagwell College of Education: William Beeland
- Coles College of Business: Robert Gnuse
- College of Computing and Software Engineering: David Stabler
- Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering And Engineering Technology:Hal McClain
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Mandy McGrew
- College of Science and Mathematics: Horace (Price) Webb
- University College: Kecia Le’mae Jones
- WellStar College of Health and Human Services: David Martinez
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 45,000 students. Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia with 11 academic colleges. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.