Roberts, Branscombe Win Faculty Awards

Athens State University

Dateline: June 13, 2019

Athens State University recently honored two outstanding faculty members at the 2019 Honors Convocation. Over the last eight years, the University has recognized contributions of exceptional faculty through the Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Works Award. These awards are sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation, and nominations are received from students, faculty, and administrators who recognize faculty members who go above and beyond in their teaching and scholarly work.

Dr. Kim Roberts received the 2019 Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who is distinguished by truly outstanding performance in the classroom. Students and faculty members praised Dr. Roberts’ ability to engage students in the classroom and her tendency to go above and beyond for them. She began working at Athens State in 2012 as an assistant professor and has recently been promoted to associate professor. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in Instructional Leadership.

Dr. Amanda Branscombe received the 2019 Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Works Award. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member whose University career is distinguished by truly outstanding scholarly or creative works. Dr. Branscombe began working at Athens State in 2005. She is now an associate professor who has produced 20 publications, received 14 grants, and delivered over 70 professional presentations of her scholarly work. Dr. Branscombe describes her overarching research theme as social justice, and within the past six years, her research has shifted to focus on Critical Race Theory and helping classroom teachers and teacher educators with their classroom research.