AMERICUS (Dec. 20, 2013)—Jeffrey Waldrop, Ph.D., professor of English, received the Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award at Georgia Southwestern State University during the graduation awards breakfast Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Marshall Student Center.
“It's really sort of surreal to get such an award because it makes me think of all the great teachers I have known at GSW in my 20 years here…” said Waldrop. “I feel humbled to be a part of so many great teachers and so honored by this award here at this great teaching university, but I want to pay tribute to those great teachers who for whatever reason will not get recognized in this way.”
In addition to serving in the classroom, Waldrop is the director of the University Honors Program. He serves as president of the Americus-Blue Tide Swim Team Board of Directors, he is a Boy Scout and merit badge leader, and he is a member of GSW Foundation Board of Trustees. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Waldrop joined the faculty in 1994.
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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