Agnes Scott College Announces Dr. Lesley Coia as the Recipient of the 2019 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award

 Decatur, GA, May 21, 2019—On May 11, Agnes Scott College announced at its 130th commencement ceremony that Lesley Coia, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award.2019vulcanawardrecipient.jpg

The Vulcan Teaching Award was established in 1991, and is given annually by the Vulcan Materials Company, through the Georgia Independent College Association. The award is bestowed upon 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 Teaching Excellence Award especially meaningful.

Dr. Coia’s colleagues describe her instructional style as “incredible,” “inspiring,” “passionate,” and “dynamic.” One colleague said she is a professor who “makes it clear to students the importance of their thoughts.” Her impact on campus is felt at all levels, and students frequently praise her level of engagement.

Dr. Coia received her B.A. from University College London, England and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London. She began her Agnes Scott career as the director of teacher education programs in the summer of 2002.

Dr. Coia’s teaching and scholarly interests include refugee education, self-study practices in teacher education, and the philosophy of education. In her current role as chair of the Department of Education, she teaches a number of courses, including Comparative Education; Understanding Learners; and Diversity, Democracy and Education. She continually works to improve her teaching through innovative means, such as using a research method known as autoethnography.

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.