Faculty Honored at Commencement

Monday, May 12, 2014


Several faculty members were honored at Agnes Scott's 125th Commencement on May 10.

Amy Lovell, professor of astronomy and physics, received the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. 

The Vulcan Award goes each year to a 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." Each year Agnes Scott professors are invited to submit nominees for the award, and a committee composed of faculty, a student, an alumna and a staff member selects the recipient for her or his ability to motivate and inspire students.  This student- and faculty-driven selection process makes the Vulcan Award especially meaningful.

Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish Rafael Ocasio, was the 2015-2016 recipient of The Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Public Lecture Award.

The Gladden Award is given every year to a member of the Agnes Scott faculty whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy.  This award was established by the Board of Trustees to honor Joseph Gladden, who served as chair of the Agnes Scott Board for 10 years before stepping down in 2002. Award recipients are asked to give a public lecture on a topic related to their 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. 

Professor of Psychology Jennifer Hughes was awarded the Charles Loridans Professorship. The Charles Loridans Professorship is a three-year term professorship awarded to an associate or full professor who exemplifies the ideal of a teacher-scholar so important to the liberal arts college tradition.  The first recipient of this chair was Professor Tracey Laird of the Music Department.

Also pictured on the left in the above photo is 2014 Commencement speaker Luma Mufleh.

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.