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Reich College of Education Faculty honored for excellence

AleciaJackson_t.jpgBOONE—Three Appalachian State University faculty members in the Reich College of Education have received the college’s 2007-08 Outstanding Faculty Awards.

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They are Dr. Alecia Youngblood Jackson, an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies; Dr. Heather Clark, an associate professor in the Department of Language, Reading, and Exceptionalities; and Betty Dishman, an instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The awards are presented annually at the college’s end-of-year luncheon reception for faculty and staff.

Jackson received the college’s Outstanding Scholarship/Creative Achievement Award. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Since coming to Appalachian in 2003, Jackson has generated an outstanding record of scholarly work. Her publication and presentation record includes 26 presentations at international, national and state or local conferences, 13 refereed articles and chapters, many in highly competitive research journals, and two books.

She also has an extensive record of successful grant funding including both the Appalachian Foundation Fellows Grant, and an Appalachian Faculty International Travel Grant.

Clark received the college’s Outstanding Teaching Award. She is a faculty member in the college’s Communication Disorders Program. In her 12 years at Appalachian, Clark has taught 17 courses covering a range of topics. She also has maintained a clinical teaching presence by supervising graduate student clinicians in various medical settings.

Clark has been the recipient of past teaching awards, including the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Appalachian State University School/College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.

Dishman received the Adjunct Teaching/Supervision Award. In her philosophy of teaching, Dishman said, “Many students want to know how I handled teaching at the elementary level for 32 years and still have a passion for teaching. I am more than happy to share with them and point out how what they are learning at Appalachian meshes with the ‘real world’ of teaching.”

The college’s faculty development committee cited the quality of Dishman’s teaching as evidenced through syllabi and lessons, through positive peer reviews and student evaluations, and through many positive letters and e-mails from students.

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