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Faculty members honored at SGA’s recognition ceremony

The Student Government Association recognized the work of 10 faculty members at its annual Professor Recognition Ceremony March 4 at the Georgia Center.

Faculty members, their disciplines, schools and colleges are: Keith Dougherty, political science, School of Public and International Affairs; Brian Leffler, communication sciences and disorders, College of Education; Derrick Lemons, religion, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Douglas Lister, special forces, Army ROTC; Henry Schaefer, chemistry, Franklin College; Janice Simon, art history, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Franklin College; Jace Weaver, Native American studies, Franklin College; Kacy Welsh, psychology, Franklin College; Zachary Wood, biochemistry and molecular biology, Franklin College; and Michael Yoder, engineering, College of Engineering.

The faculty members were selected from 33 nominations submitted by students.

From the initial pool of nominations, the students of SGA’s academic affairs committee selected the honorees based on numerous criteria, including clear articulation of impact and evidence of dedication to the education of UGA students both in and out of the classroom.

Recognizing professors who go above and beyond to make an impact on students’ lives is a great way to improve the classroom experience for both faculty and students, according to Lesley Rios, SGA director of programming and coordinator for the ceremony.

“I was happy to see the variety of professors nominated from all parts of campus, and it was exciting to see that some professors were nominated by multiple students,” she said.

Rios said that faculty members are especially proud to know that the recognition is based solely on student nominations.

The Student Government Association is a registered organization within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs.