WINGATE – Eight members of the Wingate University faculty have been honored with awards announced during commencement weekend, from May 14 to 16.
The Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented annually for meritorious teaching to a professor who has been a member of the faculty for at least five years, went to Alison Brown for 2020-21.
Brown, a biology professor and an 18-year veteran of the department, was instrumental in establishing a $50,000 endowment from GlaxoSmithKline to provide scholarships for female biology and chemistry majors. She also led the effort to develop an articulation agreement between Wingate University and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, paving the way for graduates to pursue medical studies after graduation. Brown has mentored several students conducting research with her at the USDA Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho.
The Debra M. O’Neal Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes distinctive service in the classroom and is reserved for those who have been on the faculty for eight or fewer years, went to Christy Cobb.
Serving as assistant professor of religion at Wingate since 2016, Cobb’s engaging teaching and strong mentorship have enticed numerous students to pursue a major or minor in religious studies. Cobb published a book in 2019 titled “Slavery, Gender, Truth, and Power in Luke-Acts and Other Ancient Narratives.”
“Dr. Cobb is an inspiring instructor, always encouraging students to think beyond the surface level, be inclusive of all cultures and opinions, and get involved in research and other academic endeavors beyond the classroom,” wrote student Allison Barbee in nominating her professor.
Edwin Bagley, the C.C. Dickson Professor of Ethics, received The Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Excellence in Teaching for the previous year.
Bagley, who retired at the end of the spring 2020 semester, had taught at the university since 1981.
During his tenure at Wingate, he led students in W’International groups to South Korea, China, Cambodia, Russia, France, England and Germany. He supervised the semester-abroad program, Wingate-in-London, on two occasions and participated in a Fulbright Summer Seminar in India.
An ordained Baptist minister, Bagley served as interim pastor for several area churches.
“Dr. Bagley is an amazing professor who always allows students to express their points of view and appreciates and understands students’ perspectives,” said Gabrielle Slabaugh, a 2020 graduate who nominated him for the award.
Chelsea Kaufman, assistant professor of political science, won The Debra M. O’Neal Award for Excellence in Teaching for the previous year.
Kaufman, who joined the faculty in 2018, specializes in rural politics. She teaches courses in American government, global perspectives in political science and economics, and research methods.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she taught a W’Engage course focusing on voting rights that included a bus trip through the deep South with a stop at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
“She regularly brings current events into the classroom,” said Dr. Nancy Randall, vice provost for student engagement. “She employs a very diverse pedagogical style, including discussion, video clips with reflection, project-based learning, and of course her expertise delivered in part through lecture.”
Graduate faculty awards
Awards handed out specifically for faculty members serving graduate students went to George Schuppin, Sarah Nisly, Jacky Olin and Andrew Woods.
Schuppin was named Graduate Faculty Member of the Year for 2021. The award recognizes “outstanding graduate teaching, scholarship and service.”
Schuppin, who retired April 30, began his career in the biotech industry and transitioned to academia in 2001, joining the Wingate faculty in 2014 as an associate professor in the physical therapy department and director of the human anatomy lab.
Schuppin received the Student Impact Award in 2017.
“Dr. Schuppin is a lifelong educator who has made it his mission to not only provide his students with the best learning environment but has also done everything in his power to be extremely accommodating and supportive,” wrote student Jessica Knutelsky in support of his nomination.
Nisly, a pharmacy professor, was the Graduate Faculty Member of the Year for 2020.
A board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, she joined the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in 2016 as a clinical pharmacist and regional coordinator at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem.
During the past year, she precepted seven pharmacy students, re-established an online integrative medicine elective and established a postgraduate-education preparatory elective for third- and fourth-year student pharmacists.
Nisly also published 12 peer-reviewed original manuscripts and a book chapter. She presented 10 posters at state and national meetings and made two podium presentations.
Andrew Woods, associate professor of pharmacy and vice chair of the Faculty Senate, was awarded the Excellence in Research & Scholarship Award for 2021.
He joined the practice faculty at Wingate in 2009 and provides clinical pharmacist services at Atrium Health in Charlotte, precepting third- and fourth-year student pharmacists.
Woods received national recognition for his work in respiratory medicine in 2020. He provided a lecture on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to almost 1,300 pharmacists at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Midyear Clinical Meeting.
He is one of 60 clinicians and the only pharmacist in the U.S. retained as a speaker for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Speakers’ Bureau for 2021.
Jacqueline ‘Jacky’ Olin
Jacky Olin was awarded the Excellence in Research & Scholarship Award for 2020.
Olin is a certified diabetes educator and is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
A member of the Wingate faculty since 2007, she provides clinical pharmacist services at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, where she precepts third- and fourth-year student pharmacists.
Olin’s scholarly contributions earned two recognitions for outstanding work at the national level in 2020. Her work with a School of Pharmacy colleague on managing chemotherapy in patients living with HIV and malignancy was recognized by the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) with the Pharmacy Practice Literature Award. The same publication was also recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Adult Medicine PRN Outstanding Paper of the Year Award.