During the Feb. 28, 2020 Faculty Development Day, four faculty members were honored with special awards. They are: Outstanding Adjunct Faculty: Carmen Bernal, Spanish, Alpharetta Campus; Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Barbara Robertson, political science, Newton Campus; Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, Polly Bouker, geology, Newton Campus; and Cole Fellow, Dr. Sheryl Shanholtzer, professor of biology at Dunwoody Campus and chair of the Department of Life and Earth Sciences Department.
Dr. Ursula Thomas is the author of the reference textbook “Cases on Strategic Partnerships for Resilient Communities and Schools,” which highlights topics of leadership, community-based outreach and school advocacy. The book is published by IGI Global. Thomas is an associate professor of education and the associate chair of the Department of Cultural and Behavioral Sciences, online.
Dr. Paul Hudson has written the review essay, “Illuminating Infographics: W.E.B. DuBois and his Sociology of African American Georgia, 1900,” for the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 4 (2019.) The article is a review of the book, “W.E.B. DuBois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America, The Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2018.) This is Hudson’s 15th article for the Georgia Historical Quarterly. Hudson is a professor of history on the Clarkston Campus.
Telmeko Ransom received a virtual exchange development grant from Georgia State’s Office of International Initiatives for her virtual project, “Promoting Intercultural Competence for Creating Culturally Inclusive K-12 Classrooms” with Education University of Hong Kong.” Ransom is an associate professor of education for online.
Barbara Hall has received a United States Fulbright Scholar Program award in Mexico for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language for the spring 2021 semester. Recipients of the Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Hall is an associate professor of English on the Clarkston Campus.
Tami Thomas, assistant professor of criminal justice, and Mary Beth Davison, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology, led a $117,500 grant from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Opioid Prevention and Education Initiative. Called “College Adopt a School,” the grant funds opioid education strategies for Newton Campus students, helping them lead an opioid education peer mentoring program with Newton High School students. (The program was disrupted by COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions in late March 2020 but has been renewed for the fall.) Thomas is an assistant professor of criminal justice, and Davison is an assistant professor of anatomy and physiology. They teach on the Newton Campus.
Slava Prudchenko and Vincente Della Tonia Jr.’s recording of Frances Poulenc’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano” will be part of the WABE-90.1 public broadcasting program, “The Atlanta Music Scene,” at 10 p.m. Sunday, May 31. The program was recorded Feb. 12 at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. Prudchenko is an associate professor, and Della Tonia is an assistant professor. They teach music in Perimeter College’s Fine Arts Department.
Perimeter Chemistry professors Drs. Antara Dutta, Maher Atteya, Ahmed Baosman and Michael Nelson have been awarded a $10,800 Textbook Transformation project grant from the University System of Georgia’s Affordable Learning Georgia Initiative to develop a supplementary digital textbook for students taking Survey of Chemistry II. Dr. Dutta teaches on the Dunwoody Campus; Drs. Atteya and Nelson teach on the Clarkston Campus and Dr. Baosman teaches on the Alpharetta Campus.
Dr. Julie LaCorte also has been awarded a $2,400 Textbook Transformation project grant from the USG’s Affordable Learning Georgia Initiative to create interactive applets for Calculus I students. LaCorte teaches mathematics on the Dunwoody Campus.