The University System of Georgia (USG) continues to view diversity and inclusion as integral to institutional success. The underlying fundamental principle is of equal opportunity and equal treatment for all. To this end, the System strives to help USG institutions create an environment, which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity and inclusion through diversity summits.
The USG Diversity Summit 2014 keynote speaker was Dr. James “Jim” Johnson Jr., the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. See PowerPoint of his keynote presentation.
To learn more about Dr. Johnson, visit: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/faculty/directory/strategy-and-entrepreneurship/james-johnson-jr
For more information about the USG Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, visit http://www.usg.edu/diversity_summit/
Valdosta State University’s Dr. Ellice P. Martin is the recipient of the 2014 Gladys M. Thomason Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
“My whole 46-year career has been focused on teaching — and specifically teaching mathematics,” explained the Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education professor. “In my position at VSU, I get to work with students who want to teach mathematics, and I have to be even more focused on doing a good job because of the number of lives these students will eventually touch. This award is meaningful to me because it recognizes a full career, and it was so gratifying to have those accomplishments lifted up in the presence of mathematics teachers from all over Georgia.”
The Gladys M. Thomason Distinguished Service Award recognizes Martin’s service in the field of mathematics education at the local, regional, and state levels. To even be considered for the award, she had to demonstrate significant services rendered, including service beyond the normal job requirements, as well as services primarily for the improvement of mathematics instruction.Martin’s education career began in 1969 at Clinch County High School, shortly after she completed a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mathematics at the University of Georgia. She taught mathematics and served as chairwoman of the Homerville-based school’s Mathematics Department for 30 years. During that time she continued her studies at Valdosta State, earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in mathematics education, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in mathematics education, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in curriculum and instruction. Read More…
Article by Jessica Pope, Office of Communications
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