Faculty Awards

2021-2022 Excellence in Teaching Award

This years Excellence in Teaching award recipient is Dr. Elizabeth Amato, Associate Professor of Political Science and International relations.

The Excellence in Teaching award is presented each year to an exceptional faculty member who has shown academic rigor, effective course design, and dedication to students.  This faculty member must have at least five years of full-time teaching service at GWU.  Each faculty member selected for this prestigious award must be nominated by one of their peers and receive a recommendation from their Chair.  Faculty and Students are given the opportunity to score and leave comments and feedback to make the ultimate determination for the award.  This award also recognizes the faculty member who exemplifies through their life and teaching the motto and mission of Gardner-Webb.  The award is presented with a $1000 cash prize and the invitation to speak at Fall Convocation. 

This year’s award winner exemplifies the very nature of the mission and Motto of the University in her teaching and in her life.  She is said to have fully committed to providing interesting and thought-provoking course work for students, as well as mentoring and advising students in an out of her Major.  She demonstrates her love for teaching every day, in and out of the classroom. Here are a few quotes from some of her students describing their thoughts on this year’s winner:

  • “Her classroom is filled with positivity, and she always has a smile on her face.”
  • “What every student dreams of in a teacher.”
  • “A caring and thoughtful professor who chooses to include and push students to be the best.”
  • “As a first-year student I would not have been as successful as I was without her guidance.”
  • “No other professor has taught me more whether in life or classes than her.”
  • “She perfectly represents what makes Gardner-Webb great.”

She has made a commitment to the University and her students by developing professional skills in scholarship through involvement in several political science organizations.  She attends conferences regularly allowing her to keep her classes relevant and up to date.  Her commitment to being the highest quality professor and striving to learn more is part of her unique character.  In 2018 she completed her first book, “The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature.”  She has authored multiple articles and chapters and served as a go-to resource on elections in the local area.

She has been integral to her department rewriting the curriculum for Political Science, developing a political science club, and a Pre-Law Society.  She has designed and taught informative and interesting courses.  She brings a contagious enthusiasm to her classes and holds students to high standards out of a genuine desire to prepare them for professional success.

Her students are always first.  Most often you will find her involved in long conversations with her majors, not just answering questions, but truly engage in hearing their ideas and helping them formulate their thoughts into quality essays and papers.  She also mentors any student interested in pre-law helping them to formulate a plan for their success.

Her Colleagues quoted:

  • “Her commitment to students and her selfless mentoring of them, is outstanding and goes above and beyond what we expect.”
  • “She always helps me remember the purpose and pleasure of being an educator.”

Year Awarded Award Recipient
1976 Dr. Anthony Eastman
1977 Dr. Lonnie Proctor
1978 Dr. Charles Andrews
1979 Dr. Michael Harrelson
1981 Dr. Jim Taylor
1982 Dr. Gil Blackburn
1984 Dr. Dee Hunt
1985 Dr. Rick Wilson
1987 Dr. Charles Andrews
1988 Dr. Robert Morgan
1989 Dr. Ted Monroe
1990 Dr. Freida Brown
1991 Dr. Alice Cullinan
1992 Dr. Anthony Eastman
1993 Dr. Dee Hunt
1994 Dr. Barry Hambright
1995 Dr. Tom Jones
1996 Dr. Jack Partain
1997 Ms. Barbara Stansbury
1998 Dr. Anthony Negbenebor
1999 Dr. Carolyn Billings
2000 Dr. David Carscaddon
2001 Dr. Stephen Plate
2002 Dr. Gayle Price
2003 Dr. David Yelton
2004 Dr. Lucenda McKinney
2005 Dr. Tim Zehnder
2006 Dr. Sophia Steibel
2007 Dr. Tamara Cox
2008 Dr. Paula Qualls
2009 Dr. Matt Theado
2010 Dr. June Hobbs
2011 Dr. Janet Land
2012 Dr. Jim Morgan
2013 Dr. Ronald Williams
2014 Dr. Paul Etter
2015 Dr. Joseph Webb
2016 Dr. Benjamin Coates
2017 Mr. Robert Moore
2018 Mr. Jay Zimmer
2019 Dr. Bruce Moser
2020 Dr. Ben Brooks
2021 Dr. Abby Garlock
Eric Johnson

2021-2022 Rising Star Award

This years year’s Faculty Rising Star award winner is Dr. Eric Johnson, Assistant Professor of Music Education. 

This award is given to a full-time faculty member employed five or fewer years at Gardner-Webb. Eligible faculty demonstrate excellence, or promise of excellence, in scholarship, teaching, and service.

This year’s winner was nominated for his dedication, academic leadership and organizational expertise. Here are a few things he has done in the last academic year.

In service to his community, he held many leadership roles in NC music education.  He served as the Collegiate student activities chair and Interest Sessions Chair for the annual conference of the North Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He was also asked to present at the annual in-service conference of the North Carolina Music Educators Association in Winston-Salem in November ‘21.

In service to his campus community, he organized and hosted the 2-day Music Literacy workshop led by internationally renowned pedagogue in the field of Music Education Dr. Carol Kreuger.  This workshop was held on GWU’s campus free of charge to all Music Ed students and all Music Faculty.  In the spring he coordinated and hosted the Western North Carolina annual meeting of Middle School All State Chorus, bringing several hundred prospective students to Gardner-Webb’s campus.

As part of the General Education Committee, he played an integral role in the redesign of SLO’s for the General Education core restructure.  His creative vision, preparation and execution of all concerts presented by GWU choirs including the GWU Spring Concert Tour across the state of North Carolina are some of the many accomplishments that were mentioned in his nomination

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2010-2011 Jennifer Buckner
2011-2012 Scott Shauf
2012-2013 Heather Hartsell
2013-2014 Chris Nelson & Sue Fair
2014-2015 Joseph Moore
2015-2016 Bruce Moser
2016-2017 Elizabeth Amato
2017-2018 Jennifer Putnam
2018-2019 Morgan Soja
2019-2020 Meredith Rowe
2020-2021 Mitch Porter
2021- 2022 Eric Johnson
Stefka Eddins

2021-2022 Faculty Service Award

This years year’s Faculty Service Award winner is Dr. Stefka Eddins, Professor of Chemisty.  

This award encompasses any excellence in service to the University, a School, or a Department by a fulltime faculty member.

This year’s winner has been an asset to her colleagues across campus and in her department. She served as former faculty chair and former department chair.  She serves her campus community as a member of the committee on committees, the EPSC, and the Ged Ed Committee.  She also has given her time and expertise as part of the EPSC appeals subcommittee and the ad-hoc committee to review University Promotion and Tenure standards and processes.  She has served on several search committees including the Physics and Astronomy position and the ongoing PreAward Grant Specialist position.

She provided guidance and wisdom in the review of departmental minors and the creation of the new bio-chemistry major.  She is a team player and faithfully covers other departmental tasks.  Personally, she volunteers her time at her church and with the Prosphora Ministry.  Her attitude of service and expertise make her the ideal candidate for this award.

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2010-2011 Jeff Hartman
2011-2012 Freida Brown
2012-2013 Sharon Webb
2013-2014 Nancy Bottoms
2014-2015 Amanda Bridges
2016-2017 Sharon Webb
2017-2018 Natalie Bishop
2018-2019 Tracy Arnold
2019-2020 Elizabeth Amato
2020-2021 Dale Lamb
2021- 2022 Stefka Eddins

2021-2022 Mentoring and Academic Advising Award

This years year’s award winner is Ms. Tara Hayes, Instructor and RN-BSN Program Coordinator in the Hunt School of Nursing. 

This award encompass excellence in mentoring, advising, out-of-class support, encouragement, and collaboration on student research projects by a fulltime faculty member.

This year’s winner shows constant commitment to mentoring students and faculty. She serves on many committees ensuring that all students and faculty are advocated for at GWU. She has mentored many students in pursuing higher levels of education in the Hunt School of Nursing including RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs. She has created and presented at multiple conferences. She shares these projects and presentations with her peers in the Hunt School of Nursing helping them to continuously grow and ensure students are achieving the best quality of education.  She has become a partner and mentor to new faculty, helping them to transition into academia at GWU.  It was quoted by a new faculty member and fellow colleague, “She has ensured that my transition into academia was enriched in scholarship, evidence-based practice, and GWU pride! She is a role-model that we all can look up to, and she is doing wonderful things in the Hunt School of Nursing”

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2010-2011 Sophia Steibel
2011-2012 Stefka Eddins
2012-2013 Mary Alice Hodge
2013-2014 Bob Bass
2014-2015 Joseph Oyugi
2016-2017 Sandy Mankins
2017-2018 Tracy Arnold
2018-2019 Eddie Stepp
2019-2020 Casey Delehanty
2020-2021 Yvonne Smith
2021- 2022 Tara Hayes

2021-2022 Nancy Francis-Gregg Day-Adjunct Award

This years year’s Nancy Francis-Gregg Day-Adjunct award winner, Dr. Danny Stedman

This award recognizes a traditional undergraduate program adjunct, who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of Gardner-Webb University.

This year’s winner has faithfully served as an adjunct in the College of Education for the over 10 years.  He is the retired Assistant Superintendent and High School Principal of Robeson County Schools.  He currently serves as the Executive Director for Robeson County Communities in School Educational Foundation.

His colleagues have called him a dream to work with and that he provides excellent instruction for our doctoral candidates.  He is a fine Christian gentleman and embodies the mission of Gardner-Webb in his life and teaching.  Students have stated how caring and patient he is.  One student’s comment of his character, “He was always efficient and very quick to respond to any question I had. He graciously gives of his time to help guide his students to be successful. He does a phenomenal job!!”  He is the lead Instructor for MELS 601 Introductory Course and Clinical Team in the Masters of School Administration Program in the College of Education.

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2010-2011 Nan Francis
2013-2014 Nomine declined award
2014-2015 Russ Gribble
2016-2017 Betty Bennett
2017-2018 Lisa Cantrell
2018-2019 Jonathan Ahearn
2019-2020 Jennifer Bambrick
2020-2021 David Wulfeck
2021- 2022 Danny Stedman

2021-2022 Scholarship Award

Not presented this year. No nominees.

This award include excellence in research and/or scholarly contribution to a field by a fulltime faculty member.

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2010-2011 Don Caudill
2011-2012 Charles Moore
2012-2013 Tim Vanderburg
2013-2014 Rei Serafica
2014-2015 Joseph Webb
2016-2017 David Campbell
2017-2018 Gayle Casterline
2018-2019 Candice Rome
2019-2020 Tim Hudson
2020-2021 Aihua Zhang
2021- 2022 No nominations

2021-2022 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Awards

Graduate Full-Time Faculty Award

This years year’s Outstanding Graduate Full-Time Faculty award winner is, Dr. Laura Carscaddon

This award recognizes a full-time graduate program faculty, who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of Gardner-Webb University.

For full-time faculty, the runners-up are Dr. Dale Lamb from the College of Education and Dr. Yvonne Smith from the Hunt School of Nursing within the College of Health Sciences.

The winner of the Graduate Full-Time Faculty Award is Dr. Laura Carscaddon from the Counselor Education Program in the School of Psychological Science and Counselor Education within the College of Health Sciences.

One of the nominating students stated: “Dr. Carscaddon is the most attentive and caring professor I have ever met. She creates a very calm and comfortable environment for her students and goes the extra mile. She can take a subject that her students are dreading and turn it into their favorite class. I am beyond grateful for my time with her.”

Dr. Carscaddon’s presentation to faculty attending Online Faculty Learning Day and available to others in the CETL Classroom Strategies Blackboard area is titled: “Using Process in the Classroom to Promote Understanding of Content.” Her presentation shared methods for applying the concept of process as defined in counseling, psychotherapy, and communication theories into the educational experience in order to promote understanding and recall of content.

Graduate Adjunct Award

This years year’s Outstanding Graduate Adjunct Faculty award winner is, Dr. Sara Newell

This award recognizes a graduate program adjunct, who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of Gardner-Webb University.

The runners-up for the adjunct graduate faculty award are Dr. Joey Bullis, adjunct professor in the Master in School Administration program and Dr. Betsy Jones, adjunct professor in the EdD in Organizational Leadership program. The winner of the adjunct graduate faculty award is Dr. Sara Newell, a professor in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction program. Her presentation was titled, “Looking inside ourselves to build equitable and culturally responsive practices.”

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2005 Dr. David Carscaddon – Psychology and Counseling
2006 Dr. Vicky Ratchford – Education
2007 Dr. Laura Williams Smith –
2008 Dr. Kathy Lindsey – Nursing
2009 Dr. Faith Weathington – Psychology and Counseling
2010 Dr. Jane King – Education
2011 Dr. David Shellman – Education
2012 2012 – Dr. Frieda Brown – Psychology and Counseling
2013 Dr. Sydney Brown – Education
2014 Dr. Reimund Serafica – Nursing
2015 Dr. Linda Greene – Psychology and Counseling
2016 Dr. Earl Godfrey – Business
2017 Dr. Jennifer Buckner – English
2018 Dr. Nancy Winker – PA
2019 Dr. Yvonne Smith – Nursing
2020 Dr. Steve Stone – Education
2021 Dr. Kathy C. Williams – Nursing
2022 Dr. Laura Carscaddon – Counselor Education; Dr. Sara Newell – Adjunct, Educatio

2021-2022 Outstanding Degree Completion Program (DCP) Faculty Awards

DCP Full-Time Faculty Award

This years year’s Outstanding DCP Full-time Faculty award winner is, Joey Lord

This award recognizes a full-time DCP program faculty, who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of Gardner-Webb University.

Lord is an assistant professor in the College of Education. Her nominator said that she is loved by her students and is patient, caring and kind. The nominator continued that Lord is willing to take on any task with a positive disposition and is a joy to work with. Her students reported that her course is organized well, and she is available to help when needed.

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2002 Dr. Matt Theado, English
2003 Mike Schau, Business
2004 Dr. Jim Johnson, Mathematics
2005 Dr. Tony Eastman, Social Science
2006 Dr. Gene Carpenter, Psychology
2007 Dr. Ron Williams, Religious Studies
2008 Dr. Earl Godfrey, Business
2009 Bobbie Cox, Social Science
2010 Dr. Sue Camp, Business
2011 Dr. Van Graham, Business
2012 Tammy Hoyle, Math
2013 Dr. Joe Collins, Religion
2014 Dr. Robert J. Bass, Math
2015 Dr. Jason Willis, Math
2016 Dr. Tracy Arnold, Nursing
2017 Dr. Francis Kim, Business
2018 Dr. Lori Nanney, Education
2019 Nicole Beaver, Nursing
2020 Teralea Moore, Math
2021 Angelina Smith, Business

DCP Adjunct Award

This years year’s Outstanding DCP Adjunct Faculty award winner is, Ashleigh Church

This award recognizes an Adjunct DCP program faculty, who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of Gardner-Webb University.

Church’s nominator said that she was a valuable member of the Human Services team. The person noted that she consistently works to improve on her coursework and engagement with her students, and she utilizes her real world experience as a practitioner to bring depth of knowledge to the classroom. The students said that she is one of the best professors in the program, gives constructive feedback and has prepared them to start their career.

Year Awarded Award Recipient
2002 Jeff Penley, Business
2003 Allen Romeo, Psychology
2004 Russ Meade, Business
2005 Gene Richard, Business
2006 Virginia Morgan, Nat. Science/Math
2007 Dr. James Morgan, Psychology
2008 Jason Lineberger, English
2009 Homer Craig, Social Science
2010 Dick Carmichael, Business
2011 Nancy Boling, Psychology
2012 Van Morrow, Psychology
2013 Bill McCall, Religion
2014 Lewis W. Edwards, Social Science
2015 Rory P. Hefner, Math
2016 Steve Hearne, Religious Studies
2017 Kimberly Miller, Human Services
2018 “Bobby Brown, Criminal Justice
Darin Spencer, Business”
2019 Carol Zordano, Human Services
2020 Phil Slater, Business
2021 Andrew Bradshaw, Human Services