Faculty Service Awards

The Outstanding Professional Service Award is designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellent contributions in professional service by members of the University’s faculty. The award recognizes exceptional professional service within the university through departmental, college, and institutional service or leadership, or a record of substantial external service at the state, regional, or national, level, state leadership positions or a combination of university and external service.

This year’s recipient of the KSU Outstanding Professional Service Award has truly distinguished him/herself through 25 years of active engagement that has included service to our local and national communities. S/he stated that “I’ve found that professional service is inherent in (my discipline) as well as in academia; and now it is so intermingled in my practice, teaching, and research that it is hard to sometimes isolate it as a separate entity.” This person has held numerous positions within his/her professional associations and at KSU. This person has inspired both colleagues and students to deepen their commitment to the larger community.

Our recipient identified a William Arthur Ward quote that truly demonstrates a sentiment that truly encapsulates the essence of this award. The quote states “Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!” our recipient continued “I find professional service abundantly rewarding and maintain involvement in the community, professional organizations, and in varied levels at Kennesaw State University.”

It is with great pleasure we present the 2017 Outstanding Professional Service Award to Dr. V. Doreen Wagner, Associate Professor of Nursing.

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The Outstanding Community Engagement Award serves as recognition for engagement with local, regional, national, or international communities. The award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to and leadership in advancing KSU’s commitment to community engagement. The award recognizes exemplary contributions that reflect KSU’s commitment to community engagement, service to local, regional, national, or international communities, or effectiveness as teacher or researcher in the area of community engagement.

The recipient of this award has devoted much of her/his career in building stronger global connection that have earned the praise of both the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and Asian American Heritage Foundation. This person founded the Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), which has become the largest Asia Business Conference in the United States. SAUPO serves as a global platform for information exchange, network building, branding and visibility, cross border investment, and source of internship/jobs for KSU students. SAUPO boosts a five-way dialogue among educators, business professionals, federal and Southern states government officials, non-profit activists, and diplomats.

As the Asian Studies Coordinator from 2008-2016 and as the SAUPO Chair since 2011, she led both programs and was named one of the "25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia” in both 2013 and 2016. It is my pleasure to present the 2017 Outstanding Community Engagement Award to Dr. May Hongmei Gao, Professor of Communication & Asian Studies; SAUPO Chair

May Gao