Heidi Turlington, faculty of health and physical education, received the Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award at the annual University Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards. The event is a celebration of achievements of the university’s faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. Chancellor Kelli R. Brown presided over the event, along with Provost Richard Starnes.
“Dr. Turlington is an energetic, dedicated and creative instructor, and through her teaching, she demonstrates a deep commitment to bettering the lives of her students. Within the Liberal Studies program, her work focuses on helping students become aware of the physical, mental, social, emotional and environmental variables that affect their own health and wellness, so that they can make informed decisions about their future,” Provost Richard Starnes said. “The enthusiasm with which she dedicates herself to this task is truly infectious – and the selection committee was very impressed with all the methods she utilized to innovate her teaching, especially her use of interactive simulations and games to help students recognize the consequences of certain behaviors.”