College of Science and Mathematics recognizes faculty teaching excellence

KENNESAW, Ga. | May 1, 2024

The College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State University recognized 25 faculty members across all five departments who have had a significant impact on teaching within the college on Monday, April 29.

“We're celebrating today because of the ways that you are helping to enhance teaching, learning, and the curriculum,” said Kadian Callahan, the associate dean for student success and community engagement in the College of Science and Mathematics, as she spoke to the faculty being recognized. “And in all those areas, you're making a difference for students.”

Faculty were selected by department chairs based on their success rates among their students; evidence of student and course learning outcomes; alignment of course components with curriculum and college outcomes; and how they create a sense of belonging and inclusion in the classroom.

“Thank you for your tireless efforts, innovative approaches, and genuine passion for teaching,” said Vishnu Suppiramaniam, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and professor of biology. “Please continue to inspire our students.”

Lori Lowder, the KSU associate vice provost for student success, also addressed the faculty, congratulating and thanking them for their positive impact on students throughout the university.

College of Science and Mathematics

Below is a list of faculty members recognized at the 2023 CSM Teaching Excellence Reception.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Heather Abbott-Lyon, Ph.D.

Thomas Leeper, Ph.D.

Carl Saint-Louis, Ph.D.

Animesh Aditya, Ph.D.

Rajnish Singh, Ph.D.


Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Karyn Alme, M.S.

Dovid Kozlovsky, Ph.D.

Monica Maddox, D.C.

Vennece Fowlkes, Ph.D.

Traci McGee, M.S.


Department of Mathematics

Asma Azizi Boroojeni, Ph.D.

Ashwini Bhat, Ph.D.

Susan Fuller, M.S. 

DeAnna McAleer, Ph.D.

Bridgette Puckett, M.S.


Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Joy Brookshire, M.S.

Elizabeth Harrison, Ph.D.

Kristina Mercer, Ph.D.

Farnaz Shoja-Taheri, Ph.D.

Sheila Schreiner, Ph.D.


Department of Physics

Mahmoud Asmar, Ph.D.

Ben Rybolt, Ph.D.

Ayao Sossah, Ph.D.

Jeremy Gulley, Ph.D.

Yao Yao, Ph.D.

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