Faculty Awards Presented at Agnes Scott Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss recognized outstanding faculty at the college’s 122nd Commencement on May 14.

William Tolliver, associate professor of English, was awarded the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. The 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 nominate their peers for the award. Then 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.

Tolliver, who also directs the college’s Africana studies and film and media studies programs, joined Agnes Scott in 1996. He received his B.A. in English from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago.

Christopher De Pree, a professor of astronomy, was named the Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Lecturer for 2012-2013. The award is given annually to a faculty member whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy. The award honors Joseph Gladden, who served as chair of the Agnes Scott Board of Trustees for 10 years before stepping down in 2002.

Gladden Award recipients are asked to give a public lecture to the 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.

De Pree, director of the Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott, joined the college in 1996. He received his B.S. in physics from Duke University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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.