Eugenia P. Bryan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, received the Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) during the graduation awards breakfast Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Marshall Student Center.
"To really know if I'm good at the most important thing we do at GSW, you would have to ask my students,” said Bryan. “And if I am, I think it is because I love what I do. My time in the classroom is the most fun part of my work day! I also believe that students are individuals, not numbers, who deserve to learn; they are not a potential statistic to assess. My research and service activities are a small contribution to life of the university and the quality of education for our students at GSW."
Outside of the classroom, Bryan serves as director of the Women’s Studies Certificate Program and administrator of “Sirocco,” GSW’s magazine of the arts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Bryan and her husband, Brian Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, joined the GSW faculty in 2007.
Formerly known as the Teacher of the Year Award, the Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award was initiated in 1998. It is sponsored by the GSW National Alumni Association and presented during the fall commencement activities to a faculty member and is based on service during the previous academic year. The recipient is nominated and selected by peers, and criteria for selection include excellence in teaching and other categories used for consideration in granting promotion and tenure.
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