Faculty Honored at Commencement

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Several faculty members were honored at Agnes Scott's 124th Commencement on May 11.

Jennifer Hughes, professor of psychology and chair, received the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. 

The Vulcan Award goes each year to a faculty member who has made "a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college in such areas as model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development and/or instructional support." Each year Agnes Scott professors are invited to submit nominees for the award, and a committee composed of faculty, a student, an alumna and a staff member selects the recipient for her or his ability to motivate and inspire students.  This student- and faculty-driven selection process makes the Vulcan Award especially meaningful.

Lara Denis, professor of philosophy, chair and director of the ethics program, was the 2014-2015 recipient of The Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Public Lecture Award.

The Gladden Award is given every year to a member of the Agnes Scott faculty whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy.  This award was established by the Board of Trustees to honor Joseph Gladden, who served as chair of the Agnes Scott Board for 10 years before stepping down in 2002.

Award recipients are asked to give a public lecture on a topic related to their scholarly work. A stipend and release from teaching one course during the semester in which the lecture is scheduled assists the lecturer in creating the presentation. 

Christopher De Pree, professor of astronomy and chair, was awarded The Charles A. Dana Professorship.

The Dana Professorship was established for "the purpose of recognizing among faculty members, professors dedicated to the college's ideals of academic quality, devoted to teaching, and concerned for students."

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.