University College Awards

The awards ceremony for MTSU's University College was held virtually April 27th. You can view the ceremony and read more about the winners below. 

 

2022 Award Winners

Outstanding Full Time Tenure Faculty

Pamela Morris

Dr. Morris has been a leader since the beginning of her time in the college and just led the MPS program through a very successful review. The reviewer, which was from a very prestigious university, had nothing but good things to say about the program and Dr. Morris's leadership. For her work on that alone would qualify her for this nomination. However, in addition to her work as the coordinator of the MPS program, she has mentored faculty members teaching in the MPS program and the college as a whole. She is a team player and greatly contributes to the department's success.Lastly she is very student centered and goes above and beyond to help her students succeed.

Outstanding Full Time non-tenure Faculty

Joy Gray

She has been a tremendous asset to the department in fulfilling teaching responsibilities for students enrolled in the Summer Scholars Academy. She has a reputation for going to great lengths to help her students be successful. Students often come to me with requests to overload her full course sections! If they have had her for one course, they feel they must have her for another.

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

John Hall

John goes above and beyond to assist his students. He receives outstanding scores on his Student Evaluations (SETs) and positive comments. He attends all trainings and is always trying to improve his teaching. John has demonstrated a high quality of engagement in his online teaching as well as providing students with actionable feedback to improve their work in his classes. I think he is very worthy of this award.

Outstanding Online Faculty

Janet McCormick 

Over the past 20+ years, Dr. McCormick has designed and taught more than 20 fully online courses. All her courses are designated as EXL (experiential learning) with interactive and hands-on learning assignments incorporated into the online course. Her sections fill immediately due to the word of mouth from other students, and her student evaluations are always significantly above the department and university average.

Outstanding Alumni

Teresa Lynne Young

Lynne worked full-time while earning her Bachelor's degree and MPS degree at MTSU. She has been working for her organization for 40 years and has gone to school part time earning a 4.0 in her MPS program that she will complete in May 2022. Lynne has gone out of her way to support the MPS program and is the first one to reach out when information is needed for the program. She also participated in the MPS Program review.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Julie Witt

Julie came back to school after many years away. She is an exemplary student with a killer GPA and was recently accepted to participate in the Critical Language Scholarship Program sponsored by the US State Department. She earned 28 hours of PLA and has really shown how beneficial MTSU can be to the adult student. She pays close attention to details in all assignment submissions. She does not hesitate to clarify directions and proactively addresses questions. Additionally, she offers valuable suggestions to classmates in class discussions, and her discussion posts are exemplary.

Outstanding Graduate Student

Anna Flora

Having Anna in two very difficult courses has given me the opportunity to see her in a variety of situations. She is the kind of person who can take difficult assignments and make them successful with little or no supervision but knows when to ask questions. She communicates well and has the capacity to draw from assigned readings and other materials to offer insightful comments in both written work and verbal remarks. I consider her an outstanding person who is driven to excel.

Student Achievement

Ashely Cooper

Ashley is a dedicated student who is always prepared for class. She contributes to class discussion. She also submits work in a timely manner. She communicates when she cannot attend classes. All the things a faculty member wants in a student. She is married and raising a son while going to school full time. She served in the military after high school and then worked full time. She has shown resilience in completing the associates and then returning to earn her bachelors.

Outstanding Online Student

Joshua Schlee

Joshua submits well-written and thoughtful assignments. He participates in meaningful ways, such as furthering online discussions with other students. His discussion responses extend far beyond a basic response. These individualized focused responses make it possible for many students to benefit from Joshua's insightful responses. I believe his desire and eagerness to learn is the passion that causes him to excel in all that he does.

Dennis Bain Scholarship

Michael Butkevicius

For me, coming back to school is a way for me to improve my life and become a better person. I can take pride in my decision to be here and try my hardest every day. It certainly is not easy. However, it is particularly rewarding taking pride in my work after finishing up a stressful week or busy day. I am taking summer classes the next two years, so I can graduate early. I chose to give up a lot to pursue my education... I want to take advantage of all the resources available to me. Every day I wake up, I make a conscious decision to learn and make the most of my college experience.

Dean’s Staff Award

Betsy Taylor

Ms. Taylor is a quiet force in our department and college. Ms. Taylor is thoughtful, kind, and always helpful. She goes out of her way to find answers for you. She exceeds all of these qualifications: Responds positively to requests for assistance; goes above and beyond expectations when completing tasks; enhances customer service by acting promptly and efficiently even under stressful circumstances.

 

Student and Alumni Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student majoring in Integrated or Professional Studies who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Students are not required to be nominated and can be eligible by emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward the following semester

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed
  • Majoring in Integrated Studies or Professional Studies Degree programs.
  • Meet one of the following GPA requirements:
    1. Overall GPA 3.5 GPA
    2. Achieved Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) for two semesters out of the last 4 semesters of enrollment
    3. GPA of 3.5 for the last 24 credit hours

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement in coursework.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following criteria:

  • Explain your approach to learning that has yielded academic success.
  • How have you applied course content to life outside the classroom (work, community, volunteering, campus organizations, etc.)
  • Use recent accomplishments to demonstrate that you are a good candidate for this award (awards, honors, scholarships, promotions, etc.).

Outstanding Graduate Student

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Students are not required to be nominated and can be eligible by emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward the following semester

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 15 hours graduate coursework completed
  • Majoring in Master of Professional Studies Degree.
  • Meet one of the following GPA requirements
    1. Overall GPA 3.5 GPA
    2. GPA of 3.5 for the last 18 credit hours

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement in coursework.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following criteria:

  • Explain your approach to learning that has yielded academic success.
  • Describe how you have you applied course content to life outside the classroom (work, community, volunteering, campus organizations, etc.)
  • Use recent accomplishments to demonstrate that you are a good candidate for this award (awards, honors, scholarships, promotions, etc.).

Student Achievement Award

The Achievement Award recognizes a student who has shown resilience, had to make sacrifices, effectively balanced multiple priorities, and has shown recent academic success.

Students are not required to be nominated and can be eligible by emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward the following semester

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate and Undergraduate status applicable
  • Undergraduates must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed; Graduate students must have a minimum of 15 hours completed
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • Majoring in Integrated Studies or Professional Studies.

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member, employer, friend, or other acquaintance that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following:

  • Discuss how you have shown resilience.
  • Describe the sacrifices you’ve made personally and professionally to be at MTSU.
  • Explain your commitments and how you have balanced multiple priorities effectively.
  • Provide examples of recent academic success. Academic success is broadly defined and student may discuss anyclass or semester experience/assignment, etc. in which they have succeeded. Students may go beyond discussion of their GPA.

Outstanding Alumni Award

This award recognizes an MTSU graduate from a University College Major who has had outstanding achievement in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities.

Award: Technology gift basket (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have graduated with a Bachelors or Master’s degree offered in MTSU’s University College. 

Application Criteria:

In order to be considered for this award, distinguished Alumni must submit the following documentation:

  1. A letter that describes the way a University College education prepared the student to reach specific achievement in their career, public service, or volunteer activities (Maximum 2 pages).
  2. A resume that demonstrates outstanding achievement in one or more of these areas: public service, volunteer activities, or career achievement.
  3. One letter of support that addressed either public service, volunteer activities, or career achievement.

Outstanding Online Student Award

The Outstanding Online Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in an online course, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Students are not required to be nominated and can be eligible by emailing required documents, a letter from faculty and a short essay, to Hunter Patterson at hunter.patterson@mtsu.edu.

Award: $500 stipend or scholarship applied toward the following semester

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have been enrolled in at least one online course in Spring of 2022 or Fall of 2021.
  • Meet one of the following GPA requirements:
  1. Overall GPA 3.5 GPA
  2. GPA of 3.5 for the last 24 credit hours

Undergraduates must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed; Graduate students must have a minimum of 15 hours completed

Application Criteria:

  1. A letter of support from a faculty member that provides specific examples of outstanding achievement in coursework.
  2. A short essay by the given deadline.

Essay prompt:

The essay should be no less than 500 and no more than 750 words. The essay should address the following criteria:

  • Explain your approach to online learning that has yielded academic success.
  • How have you applied course content to life outside the classroom (work, community, volunteering, campus organizations, etc.)
  • Use recent accomplishments to demonstrate that you are a good candidate for this award (awards, honors, scholarships, promotions, etc.).

 

Available Scholarships

Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for the Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship, applicants must be a non-traditional student who is currently enrolled at MTSU and has taken at least 1 distance learning course. Apply here. Note: Student may see a pop-up on the scholarship website saying the deadling for appling is February 15. Please ignore that notification and apply for the scholarship. The deadline is April 15. 

Scholarship Award: $1,000 scholarship applied toward following semester

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum of 60 hours coursework completed
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

Criteria:

  • Preference shall be given to applicants who have financial need.
  • Student must be pursuing first bachelor's degree
  • Scholarship application will require the student's unofficial transcript as well as a short written statement 

 

 Faculty / Staff Awards

Dean's Staff Award (open to all non-faculty University College employees)

This award provides recognition to those who demonstrate a quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. The employee shows passion for their work while exemplifying professionalism and dedication to the mission of their department and the College.

The employee demonstrates a combination of the following:

  • Responds positively to requests for assistance
  • Routinely goes above and beyond expectations when completing tasks
  • Enhances customer service by acting promptly and efficiently in a professional and courteous manner even under stressful circumstances

Award: Funding for professional development or items and equipment that may support the work environment. (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees must be full-time classified, administrative or professional staff members in the University College with a minimum of two (2) years of continuous service as a full-time benefitted employee who has not received this award in the past three (3) years.
  • Must be rated as a successful contributor or per the performance evaluation metrics and has not had any disciplinary actions within the last 12 months
  • Must be nominated by a student or current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.
  • Submit the following application documents: 
  1. Current resumè (no more than 2 pages)
  2. Letter of support from direct supervisor (no more than 1 page)

Outstanding Faculty Award (Tenured / Tenure-Track)

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments in service, research, and teaching of a tenure-track and tenure faculty member teaching in the University College.

Award: Funding for professional development and/or materials and equipment that can be used for instructional enhancement. Items must be approved and adhere to university guidelines for purchasing (Approximate value $1,000)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be in a full time tenure track or tenured position and have been employed in the department for at least one year full time.
  • Must be nominated by a current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.
  • Has not received this award in the past three (3) years.

Application Criteria:

  1. Letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this award in relation to service, research, teaching (no more than 2 pages)
  2. Electronic OFD for August 1, 2019 to current
  3. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, engagement and mentoring of students, and course/curriculum development.
  4. 1-Page statement of support from a student enrolled in a class you taught who can speak to the effectiveness of your teaching.

Outstanding Faculty Award (Adjunct)

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an adjunct faculty member teaching in the University College.

Award: Funding for professional development and/or materials and equipment that can be used for instructional enhancement. Items must be approved and adhere to university guidelines for purchasing (Approximate value $500)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least two course sections at MTSU as an adjunct over at least two previous semesters.
  • Must be nominated by a current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.
  • Has not received this award in the past three (3) years.

Application Criteria:

  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least three courses at MTSU as an adjunct over at least two previous semesters.
  • Submit the following application documents:
  1. One-Page Teaching Philosophy statement.
  2. Samples of instructional or supplemental materials created by the faculty member (i.e., News feed posts, class wide emails, handouts, short instructional videos, etc.). Include a brief description of the need you saw and how the materials you developed addressed that need and aided student learning. (no more than 10 pages)
  3. One-Page summary of Quantative Student Evaluation of Teaching Results for the last 15 credit hours of instruction. 
  4. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, effectiveness of instructional materials, use of effective pedagogical practices, and/or engagement of students. (no more than 1 page)
  5. One-Page statement of support from a student enrolled in a class you taught who can speak to the effectiveness of your teaching.

Outstanding Faculty Award (Non-Tenured / Tenure-Track )

Description:

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time non-tenured / tenure-track faculty member teaching in the University College.

Award: Funding for professional development and/or materials and equipment that can be used for instructional enhancement. Items must be approved and adhere to university guidelines for purchasing (Approximate value $1,000)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be in a full time temporary (non-tenured track) position.
  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least for two semesters.
  • Must be nominated by a student or current member of the Faculty or Staff within the University College. Self-nominations are not considered.
  • Has not received this award in the past three (3) years.
  • Submit the following application documents:
    1. 1-Page Teaching Philosophy statement.
    2. Samples of instructional or supplemental materials created by the faculty member (i.e., News feed posts, class wide emails, handouts, short instructional videos, etc.) Include a brief description of the need you saw and how the materials you developed addressed that need and aided student learning. (No more than 10 pages)
    3. 1-Page summary of Quantative Student Evaluation of Teaching Results for the last 15 credit hours of instruction.
    4. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, effectiveness of instructional materials, use of effective pedagogical practices, and/or engagement of students. (no more than 1 page)
    5. 1-Page statement of support from a student enrolled in a class you taught who can speak to the effectiveness of your teaching.

Oustanding Online Faculty Award

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time faculty member teaching in the online format.

Award: Funding for professional development and/or materials and equipment that can be used for instructional enhancement. Items must be approved and adhere to university guidelines for purchasing (Approximate value $1,000)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be in a full time position and teaching an online course in either Fall of 2021 or Spring of 2022.
  • Applicant must have taught in the academic year of application and at least for two semesters.
  • Must be nominated by a student or current member of the Faculty or Staff. Self-nominations are not considered.
  • Has not received this award in the past three (3) years.

Application Criteria:

  1. 1-Page Teaching Philosophy statement.
  2. Samples of instructional or supplemental materials created by the faculty member (i.e., News feed posts, class wide emails, handouts, short instructional videos, etc.) Include a brief description of the need you saw and how the materials you developed addressed that need and aided student learning. (No more than 10 pages)
  3. 1-Page summary of Quantitative Student Evaluation of Teaching Results for the last 15 credit hours of instruction.
  4. Letter of support from one faculty member who can address the quality of your teaching, effectiveness of instructional materials, use of effective pedagogical practices, and/or engagement of students. (no more than 1 page)

 

 

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Past Award Winners

 

2020-2021 Award Winners

 

Student Achievement Award

Emily Hargrove

Her expedited success in her assigned role and her contributions in HR has solidified Emily as a key team member at the Coffee County Bank. What makes these contributions even more remarkable is the fact that Emily was holding down a few other full time positions, mother, caregiver, spouse, and student. I simply do not know how she has maintained the steady stamina it has taken to survive the last 2 years, much less achieve at the very high standard in a new industry while excelling educationally.

The Achievement Award recognizes a student who has shown resilience, has had to make sacrifices, has effectively balanced multiple priorities, and has shown recent academic success.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

JV Millner-Criss

His willingness to take feedback and make improvements was very impressive. He was also willing to put in extra effort to ensure he was producing quality work, including scheduling appointments with me to review his work and to review assignment requirements to ensure he was on the right track. He was able to maintain an overall 3.648 GPA while also being a starting player for the MTSU men’s basketball team and attending three schools. 

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Mary Ann Griffiths

Mary Ann is an exceptional graduate student and a joy to have in class. She not only has earned an outstanding average, but she embodies the excelling adult non-traditional learner. She takes her classroom learning and applies it to her workplace, and then she returns the content back to the classroom with stories and applications. She is an exceptional student and human. 

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Dennis Bain Scholarship

Jessie Allen

The Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who is currently enrolled at MTSU and has taken at least 1 distance learning course.

Outstanding Adjunct Award

Patsy Davis

She brings excellence to everything she does. She has been a long-time adjunct for univ 1010, providing exceptional instruction for years. never one to shy away from a challenge, Mrs. Davis moved to online teaching in the fall of 2019 and simply knocked it out of the park. She provided excellent feedback and encouragement to her students, she helped students be motivated towards their school work, and the results were a nearly 90% course completion rate amongst her students. 

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an adjunct faculty member teaching in the University College. 

Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Award

Jonell Hinsey

I loved how Professor Hinsey took the time to truly correct and talk to me on how i can strengthen my assignments. I felt comfortable asking questions and Professor Hinsey was extremely helpful when Imay have run across issues in the course. One of the best professors I have had at MTSU

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time non-tenured / tenure-track faculty member teaching in the University College.

Outstanding Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Award

Ryan Korstange

In relation to the requirements of service, research, and teaching, Ryan is outstanding in all three areas. His contributions to service on our campus are vast. lastly, in addition to receiving very positive evaluations and comments from students in his classes, he also serves as a mentor to many of his students who are completing honors thesis or other research. 

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments in service, research, and teaching of a tenure-track and tenure faculty member teaching in the University College.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Garri Shannon

His own personal struggles do not limit his drive and passion, which speaks highly of his character as well. He is devoted to service and volunteering to support those around him with greater needs. His commitment to bettering himself and his community is what we hope for in our students and alumni and he exemplifies these characteristics in his daily life 

This award recognizes an MTSU graduate from a University College Major who has had outstanding achievement in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities. 

Dean’s Staff Award

Marlene Lane

Marlene expresses enthusiasm, initiative, and devotion to her job in visible ways. she goes beyond the call of duty when planning faculty annual training events. She works with our food service vendor in planning the menu and arranging a time for set-up and pick-up. she always arrives early (even on a saturday) to make sure the room is accommodating. She is quick to note and respond to the needs of others. she will do whatever she can to address that need by sometimes suggesting non-conventional and out-of-the-box solutions to departmental concerns.  

This award provides recognition to employees who demonstrate a quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. The employee shows passion for their work while exemplifying professionalism and dedication to the mission of their department and the College.

 

 

2019-2020 Award Winners

Student Achievement Award

Clarissa Tucker

She continuously displays a great attitude, strong work ethic, and calming demeanor on a daily basis. She is a great team member, and truly an asset to our organization. I would recommend Clarissa without hesitation to receiveThe Student Achievement Award. 

The Achievement Award recognizes a student who has shown resilience, has had to make sacrifices, has effectively balanced multiple priorities, and has shown recent academic success.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Gina Fountain

Mrs. Fountain is committed to learning, to getting her research right, and to understanding the concepts that underly her research accurately. This commitment to excellence – not just expressed in receiving high scores on the assignments, but in understanding the underlying concepts well – is unique amongst undergraduate students.

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes a student who has achieved a high level of success in the classroom, has effectively applied their learning to life outside the classroom, and has made contributions outside the classroom.

Dennis Bain Scholarship

Juliet Hahn 

The Dennis Bain Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who is currently enrolled at MTSU and has taken at least 1 distance learning course.

Outstanding Adjunct Award

Layne Bryant

In the qualitative feedback, several students noted her responsiveness as a strength as well as stating she was helpful, provided examples, and showed how to apply the information to the real world. Students consistently note that she cares about students and was willing to answer questions outside of class.

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an adjunct faculty member teaching in the University College. 

Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Award

Pamela McCluney

Pam has been assigned new faculty to mentor for several years. She has also conducted observations of on ground and online courses providing valuable feedback to instructors. Although the online courses she teaches are already developed, Pam regularly creates supplemental materials for her courses and willingly shares those with others.

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time non-tenured / tenure-track faculty member teaching in the University College.

Outstanding Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Award

Dianna Rust

Dr. Rust goes above and beyond to ensure the success of her students. She has presented me with many opportunities to further develop myself as a student and professional. She makes sure her students are taken care of and have all of the tools they need. She has played a huge role in my success at MTSU.

This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments in service, research, and teaching of a tenure-track and tenure faculty member teaching in the University College.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Chloe Truitt

I can say without hesitation that she is truly an exemplary 'True Blue' member of the MTSU University College alumni and is most deserving of this award. It is evident from her current accomplishments that she is an excellent representative of the Master of Professional Studies program.

This award recognizes an MTSU graduate from a University College Major who has had outstanding achievement in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities. 

Dean’s Staff Award

Billie Jean Brown

Billie Jean takes it upon herself to provide exceptional support and service to not only the Dean of the college but also the staff in the University College. She is very detailed in her work and takes on tasks with a great deal of enthusiasm. She is helpful, caring, resourceful, and happy to offer service no matter the task.

This award provides recognition to employees who demonstrate a quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. The employee shows passion for their work while exemplifying professionalism and dedication to the mission of their department and the College.