Gardner-Webb University bestows academic achievement awards to GOAL Faculty
A 21st Century Forum – Impacting Teaching and Learning with Technology Integration
The annual GOAL faculty meeting and orientation was held on August 4, 2012 at Gardner-Webb University. During the Technology Forum luncheon program the following professors were honored for their outstanding commitment to the GOAL program. DAWG Awards were awarded to GOAL faculty who were recognized in different areas of expertise.
Jason Lineberger was awarded the “2012 TOP DAWG AWARD” for Excellence in Technology Integration.Mr. Lineberger is Professor of English. He graduated with a B. A. from UNC – Chapel Hill and a M. A. from Gardner-Webb University.
His student made the following remarks:
“I was really dreading taking this class; but the Professor made it fun an educational.” “Great instructor, very interactive, and provided a variety of learning methods.” “Students were required to navigate several section of the course outline for links to required assignments.” “The Professor asked students to access numerous social media to post assignments.” “This class was wonderful; I learned so much and it renewed my love of literature, very creative and engaging.” “The Professor is one of the best that I have had the opportunity to work with.”
“I believe this Professor has a passion for the subject matter.”
Other Dawg Award winners included:
Ghassan Dibb, Instructor of Accounting and recipient of the “2012 TOP DAWG AWARD” for Excellence in Technology Integration, is highly respected by his students and colleagues as well. When faculty speak about this individual, they usually remark about his technology skills and innovation in the classroom.
Van Graham, Associate Dean of the Godbold School of Business and recipient of the “2012 TOP DAWG AWARD” for Hardest Working, chaired a sub-committee of the GOAL Council for the review of the Business curriculum. The process of committee work, reviewing curriculum, presenting recommendations to the School of Business, GOAL Council, Curriculum Committee, and to the full faculty evolved over the full academic year of 2011-12. The leadership of Dr. Graham resulted in a change to the GOAL Business Program requirements, which was the first time the business curriculum experienced such major changes since the inception of the program. The result of the new curriculum will produce more qualified graduates, who will be more competitive in the job market. The work of this committee under the leadership of Dr. Graham has changed the footprint of the GOAL Business curriculum.
Mary Roby, Dean of Libraries and recipient of the “2012 LEADER OF THE PACK AWARD for Excellence in Group Work, chaired a sub-committee of the GOAL Council for Information Literacy. The process of committee work, reviewing curriculum, presenting recommendations to the GOAL Council, Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee and to the full faculty evolved over the full academic year of 2011-12. The leadership of Dean Roby resulted in a change to the General Education requirements, which was one of the first curriculum changes in the history of the program. The result of this effort is the requirement of an Information Literacy Course for every student who enters the GOAL Program. The Beyond the Call of Duty Award is among the GOAL program’s highest honors.
John Karriker, Associate Dean and Regional Director and recipient of the “BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD,” is the Director of the Statesville Campus and is responsible for three additional GOAL satellite campuses. Dr. Karriker has a long history with the Department of Community Colleges where he worked in college administration at Isothermal, Mayland and Mitchell Community Colleges.
Due to his continued effective relationship with the community colleges, he has been instrumental in negotiating classroom space and developing additional partnerships. His active community association is with both the Statesville and Greater Statesville-Iredell Chambers of Commerce, where he represents Gardner-Webb University well.
The result of this recipient’s efforts affects the image university in a very positive way. Besides becoming the “standing master of ceremonies for GOAL Academics,” he has a passion for teaching and a love for Gardner-Webb University. The work of Dr. Karriker will have an impact for many years to come.
The Outstanding Scholar Award was awarded to GOAL faculty who has contributed to the scholarship of the university by authoring books or major publications.
Richard (Dick) Carmichael, Instructor of Business and recipient of the “2012 OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR AWARD,” published a new book: American Economic History, 2012 Edition. He says: “The purpose of this book is to examine the evolution of economic thought and the historical events that affected the economic growth of the world’s industrialized countries, with particular emphasis on the United States.”
June Hobbs, Professor of English, Immediate past Chair of the Department of English, Language and Literature and current Chair of the faculty, was also a recipient of the “2012 OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR AWARD.” She published a new book, which she co-authored with C. Michael Hawn, Thy love… Hath Broken Every Barrier Down: The Rhetoric of Intimacy in 19th Century British and American Women’s Hymns in Music and Theology in 19th Century Britain, edited by Martin Clarke, Ashgate Publishing. Dr. Hobbs is a respected professor and leader among the faculty.
The Outstanding Alumnus Award was awarded to two GOAL professors who consistently and selflessly demonstrate his or her support of their Alma Mater in and out of the classroom.
Ray Hardee, Instructor in Human Services and recipient of the “2012 OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD,” has maintained a close association with Gardner-Webb University since graduating in 1984. After graduation, he was employed by GWU and began his career in recruiting and retention. In 1986, Mr. Hardee was promoted to the position of Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management and served in that position from 2001 to 2008. Also, in 2001, he became the founding and lead pastor of a church in the greater Charlotte area.
His passion for teaching is evident in the comments received from students. Here is one from a recent student evaluation:
“I appreciate Professor Hardee’s way of teaching. He was very down to earth and taught in a way that I will be able to take what I learned this semester and use it the rest of my life, my personal life as well as my business life. He definite has a wonderful way of helping people. He will be a professor that I probably will never forget; he had a profound effect on my life!”
The result of this Mr. Hardee’s interaction with students, staff and faculty affects the university in a very positive way.
Tim Vanderburg, Professor of History and Social Science and Chair of the Social Science Department, also a recipient of the “2012 OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD,” is a 1981 graduate of Gardner-Webb College. During this time, he was awarded the Political Science Award from his alma mater. Since 2000, this recipient has been a full-time faculty member of our Social Sciences Department. He currently serves as Department Chair. While at Gardner-Webb University, he has remained active with the GOAL Program and has taught many History courses over the years. Not only has he kept his association with GWU close, in a way he has kept it in the family. His lovely wife, Marsha, graduated from GWU in 2008 with her degree in Human Services.
Tim has only received two complaints from students over the years:
“This professor always makes us read to be able to answer questions, and his exams are very hard.” “This professor always keeps us the full length of time for the class.”
The Outstanding GOAL Professor Award is awarded to both a full-time faculty member and adjunct professor.
Van Morrow, Instructor in Human Services and recipient of the “2012 OUTSTANDING GOAL PROFESSOR AWARD,” received his Associate’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University, when Gardner-Webb was a junior college. He became a Licensed Practicing Psychologist in 1982. He is the co-founder and past president of Cleveland County’s Abuse Prevention Council. He has taught GOAL classes for many years at multiple centers across the state. Mr. Morrow has a passion for the profession of teaching and has always been a loyal supporter of GWU since his days as a college student.
Among the many positive evaluations that the recipient has received over the years, there a few that stand out:
“I really enjoyed this Professor. He has a great attitude and is a wealth of knowledge. I look forward to taking more of his classes in the future.” “I enjoyed his wit and personality. The knowledge I obtain will help me in future ventures.”
Tammy Hoyle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Mathematics Department, also received the “2012 OUTSTANDING GOAL PROFESSOR AWARD.” Mrs. Hoyle is a 1988 graduate of Gardner-Webb College and began teaching for her alma mater in 1990. She has consistently taught statistics and math courses in the GOAL Program over the years.
Mrs. Hoyle was successful in developing a new math course for the GOAL Curriculum, MATH 320, Math for the Liberal Arts, that was adopted in the fall, 2012 curriculum. She and members of her academic department worked tirelessly over the past academic year to present this proposal to the GOAL Council, Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee, and to the full faculty for approval. The adoption of this course changed the face of the GOAL Curriculum, and will have a positive impact for future students and faculty.
Additionally, she has served as a faculty representative to the GOAL Council for the past two academic years. She also serves as the current GOAL Program Coordinator for the Department of Mathematics.
She has passion for the development of Mathematics’ education, and for the profession of teaching.
One of her students was Elizabeth Pack, Assistant Dean, who said:
“In 1992, she taught me probability and statistics. I am forever grateful, as are all of the GOAL students who had the privilege of being in her classroom.”
The GOAL Program (Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners), began in 1978 as an effort to meet the ever-increasing demands for adult education in north Carolina. The GOAL program provides opportunities for students to continue their studies culminating in a baccalaureate degree. Courses in the GOAL Program are scheduled on weekday evenings and some weekends in sixteen GOAL centers. Some majors are offered online. In addition to the Gardner-Webb campus in Boiling Springs, GOAL centers are provided in the following locations: Anson, Brunswick, Burke, Gaston, Isothermal, McDowell, Montgomery, Richmond, Surry, and Wilkes Counties; Mayland Community College; Charlotte, Hickory, Statesville, and Winston-Salem.
Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).