Student Success Begins with Dedicated Faculty
As I have often said, the center of the Kennesaw State universe should always be our students. Their achievements both inside and outside the classroom are a crucial part of our success as an institution of higher learning.
But it should also be emphasized that behind every successful student is a faculty member who has been dedicated to helping them succeed. I wish everyone reading this blog could have as many opportunities as I do to witness the way our faculty members' faces light up when they talk about interactions with their students. There are many members of our faculty who demonstrate every day KSU’s commitment to being a student-centric university.
For example, Margaret Baldwin Pendergrass is a senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, an active playwright, and recipient of the 2016 USG Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Pendergrass challenges students to use their passion for theatre to make a positive impact in the community. She secures student internships each year at the Global Village Project, a school for refugee girls in Decatur, and at the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theatre. This fall, she will be piloting a service learning course in applied theatre working with incarcerated adults and teens in the metro Atlanta area.
And then there is Alice Gooding, assistant professor of anthropology. Working in the KSU Skeletal Variation Lab, Dr. Gooding is focused on giving her students hands-on experiences by providing concrete examples of the process involved in working in the field. Through her work helping the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Dr. Gooding recommends talented students for internship and job opportunities. Her goal is to help as many students as possible realize their passion for anthropology and give them the tools to excel in research.
Another example of a professor going above and beyond is Hoseon Lee, assistant professor of electrical engineering. In the few years he has been on the faculty of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Dr. Lee has designed his courses in a way that allows students to participate in his research projects. This approach has given electrical engineering students invaluable research experience that they can then use to start careers at industry-leading companies. Dozens of students have worked with Lee to find solutions to real-world problems.
These members of our faculty are just a sampling of the vast pool of educational talent we have at Kennesaw State. They, and their dedicated colleagues, are the ones who will keep KSU on the path to success as a student-centric university now and well into the future.