Faculty Recognized with Awards at Agnes Scott Commencement

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss recognized outstanding faculty at the college’s 121st Commencement on May 8.

Myrtle Lewin, professor mathematics, was awarded the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. The Vulcan Award goes each year to the faculty member who has made “a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college in such areas as model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development and/or instructional support.”

Agnes Scott professors submit nominees for the award, and a committee of faculty members, a student, an alumna and a staff member selects the recipient for her or his ability to motivate and inspire students.

Lewin joined the faculty in 1983. She holds the B.Sc. and the B.Sc.Hons from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Waqas Khwaja was named the Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Lecturer for 2011-2012. Given every year to a faculty member whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy, this award was established by the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees to honor Joseph Gladden, who served as chair of the Agnes Scott Board for 10 years before stepping down in 2002.

Gladden Award recipients are asked to give a public lecture to the entire Agnes Scott community on a topic related to her or his scholarly work. A stipend and release from teaching one course during the semester in which the lecture is scheduled assists the lecturer in creating the presentation.

Khwaja joined the faculty in 1995. He holds the LL.B. degree from Punjab University Law School, Lahore; an M.A. from University of Punjab and from Emory University as well as a Ph.D. from Emory. An associate professor of English, he has been promoted to professor of English effective July 1.

Christine Cozzens, professor of English, was named the Charles A. Dana Professor of English. The Charles A. Dana Professorship was established for “the purpose of recognizing among fellow faculty members, professors dedicated to the college’s ideals of academic quality, [who are] devoted to teaching and concerned for students.”

Cozzens joined the faculty in 1987 and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

David S. Thompson, professor of theatre, was named the Annie Louise Harrison Waterman Professor of Theatre. The Annie Louise Harrison Waterman endowed chair was established in 1953 by this alumna of the Agnes Scott Institute with the intent to improve and make more effective “the work of the college in the subject of speech.”

Thompson joined the faculty in 1998 and holds a B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.