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HEHD Awards of Excellence 2012

The College of Health, Education and Human Development is pleased to announce five Awards of Excellence this year recognizing outstanding faculty and staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate exemplary contributions to students, the College, and its mission. The five awards reflect the varied dimensions of the faculty and staff roles and the potential to excel in teaching; research, scholarship, and creative accomplishment; advising and mentoring; and service and outreach.

Our awardees received a framed certificate, $250 in faculty development funds, and the awardees names will be placed on a permanent plaque in the first floor lobby of Edwards Hall. Congratulations to all of the award winners and thanks to all those who participated in this “Celebration of Excellence” process. Congratulations to all of the award winners and thanks to all those who participated in this “Celebration of Excellence” process.


Award of Excellence in Research - Jeffery C. Hallo, Ph.D.

Jeffrey HalloJeff Hallo is an Assistant Professor in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Development. Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Research are faculty members who demonstrate excellence in asking questions of importance, systematically obtain answers to the questions, and share the results of this process in appropriate public forums. Some quotes about this year’s award winner:

  • “He is one of the department’s youngest faculty members, but he has had a huge impact on the level of scholarship in our department that has been quite impressive.”
  • “He has successfully translated his work into action. For example, he has taught a seminar in Africa designed to help park managers develop ways to manage national parks in Tanzania.”
  • “Local, state and national parks frequently seek him out for projects in his area of expertise and this increased recognition of his abilities has multi-faceted benefits for not only him but also for his students, the PRTM Department, as well as Clemson University.”

Award of Excellence in Service and Outreach - Rebecca Coffey, Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership

Rebecca CoffeyRebecca Coffey is an Administrative Specialist in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Nominees were faculty or staff members who have demonstrated that they share with others and facilitate collaborative efforts to solve problems. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “She is a natural leader in outreach activities, and others often appreciate her ability to take initiative and provide direction. She was appointed to the Pendleton Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC), a state-mandated panel, in 2009. She was subsequently elected twice to chair the council.”
  • “She has made substantial contributions in the School of Education through her work on the GoalPOST intervention, a collaborative project among Clemson University and Anderson School Districts 1 and 4.”
  • “She has also developed a grant proposal to seek foundation funding to supplement the primary grant on the GoalPOST project.”

Award of Excellence in Teaching - Catherine Murton, MS, RN-BC, CNE

Catherine MurtonCatherine Murton is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing. Nominees were faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in sharing knowledge with, eliciting insight of, and promoting informed action by learners. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “She employs innovative teaching strategies by creating and implementing simulation scenarios; creates realistic environments in the learning laboratory; and incorporates games into classroom learning.”
  • “She served on the Second Degree Task Force and the Student Transfer Evaluation Committee. She has served on the School of Nursing Faculty Search Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum, Simulation Subcommittee and the Workload Subcommittee.”
  • “She promotes enthusiasm in students. Students frequently comment that it is apparent that “she thoroughly enjoys working with students.”
  • “She exhibits fairness with students. “Firm, fair, and consistent” is her motto.”

Award of Excellence for Innovation - GoalPOST (Goal – oriented Performance in Out of School Time)

GoalPOSTFaculty Leaders:

  • Bob Barcelona, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Development;
  • David Fleming, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Teacher Education, Eugene T. Moore School of Education; and
  • William Quinn, Ph.D., Professor in Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human and Organizational Performance, Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

Nominees are faculty or staff members who have shared expertise through creating innovative practices, policies, or procedures which deliver outstanding benefit to teaching, research, and/or service/outreach. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “The team has secured over $1.8 million in external grant support for the GoalPOST (Goal-oriented Performance in Out of School Time) program.”
  • “The program has integrated students and faculty from various units within the College of CBSHS. Faculty members from TE, LCH and PRTM have served direct roles in the program. In total, over 150 CBSHS students have served significant roles within the program over the past 3 years.”
  • “I am proud that the GoalPOST program is housed within the School of Education. The GoalPOST team has built a model university partnership that is unique to the field of out-of-school-time education.”

Award of Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring - Tony Cawthon, Ph.D.

Tony CawthonTony Cawthon is a Professor in Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human and Organizational Performance, Eugene T. Moore School of Education. Nominees are faculty or staff members who demonstrate that they advise, counsel, and mentor students in developing their personal goals and professional careers. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “He commits an extraordinary amount of his professional, as well as personal time, to mentoring students and alumni in the Masters and PhD programs.”
  • · “He has exceptional rapport with students. He spends hours assisting a student in clarifying career and life goals. Students trust his professionalism, wisdom and confidentiality.”
  • “I am in a unique position to write this letter as I was once a graduate student who was advised and mentored by him and who now has the privilege of working alongside him.”
  • “The Dr. Tony W. Cawthon Professional Development Fund is another realization of the effect he has had as a mentor and student-centered faculty member.”