Dalton State's Christy Price named 2010 Georgia Professor of the Year


Dalton State College Professor of Psychology Christy Price has been named the 2010 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), College officials announced today.

Price, who has taught at Dalton State for more than 18 years, was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States who were nominated for recognition through the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program.

The Illinois native has received other statewide and local awards over the past few years. In 2009, Price was named one of the top ten “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates” nationwide by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious 2008 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents for two-year and state colleges, and in 2007, she received the DSC Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

“Research suggests that teachers should facilitate an educational experience in which learning is active, not passive,” says Price.

“I use a variety of methods and engage students with techniques such as brief digitized video clips, application exercises, case studies, group activities, demonstrations, role plays, computer simulations, online review games, and utilization of a classroom response system.

“I am grateful to work under impressive leadership and with esteemed colleagues, many of whom provided examples of teaching excellence that I have used in my presentations. And I am especially grateful for the support the DSC Foundation has provided for me over the years, and for the ongoing support of my students, my colleagues, and my family.”

On the Dalton State campus, Price has been heavily involved with the College’s “Retention, Progression, and Graduation” initiative. She has provided leadership in faculty development workshops within the USG and other schools, and she frequently presents at statewide and national conferences on the topic of “Motivating and Engaging Millennial Students.”

Price earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearny, and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“We are very proud of Christy’s accomplishments both in the classroom and with respect to her research into best practices for teaching millennial students,” says Dr. John Schwenn, President of Dalton State. “She continues to go above and beyond in her dedication to her students and to furthering her own professional development.”

CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. TIAA-CREF, one of America's leading financial services organizations and higher education's premier retirement system, became the principal sponsor for the awards ceremony in 2000. Additional support for the program is received from a number of higher education associations, including Phi Beta Kappa which sponsors an evening congressional reception.

This year, there are 38 state winners. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners. CASE and Carnegie select state winners from top entries resulting from the judging process. Price was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie “to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching.” The foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation. Its nonprofit research activities are conducted by a small group of distinguished scholars.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of education institutions, serving nearly 3,400 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 59 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.