Citadel faculty recognized for excellence, innovation and service in 2015-16
Four Citadel faculty members were honored for their contributions to scholarship, teaching and service during the 2015-16 academic year at The Citadel Faculty Excellence and Spotlight Awards presentation. A committee of Citadel faculty annually chooses recipients who develop and demonstrate innovative teaching strategies and methods in the graduate and undergraduate colleges, as well as through creative scholarship and research projects, and service to The Citadel community. Recipients of the awards receive a monetary prize ranging from $500 - $2,500, provided by The Citadel Foundation. The awards were presented by Citadel President, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, in May.
Professor Iordanis Karagiannidis earns Excellence in Teaching Award
lordanis Karagiannidis, Ph.D., is a professor of finance for The Citadel School of Business and the director of the Rick and Mary Lee Bastin Financial Leadership lab. Karagiannidis has established himself as an outstanding and innovative educator. The award citation states that he was chosen for his impressive level of success at teaching and for his steady and concerted efforts to expand the curriculum in the area of finance.
According to the citation, Karagiannidis has made a very positive impression on the senior members of his department and his students, who rate him highly. In the finance curriculum at The Citadel, he created a new course, Financial Modeling, which is taught at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, the development of which required intensive mathematical and computational methods. He has become the director of the Financial Services Professional Pathway and enhanced that program by creating another course, Financial Markets and Institutions.
Karagiannidis’ devotion to students in that pathway is clear. He spends many hours outside of class helping students, especially in his capacity as faculty advisor to The Citadel Finance Club. Further innovations from Karagiannidis include a team-teaching approach for business finance course and the creation of two online courses for undergraduate and MBA students. One of these has been recognized as an Exemplary Online Course by the college’s ITS Department, as determined by course standards and student feedback.
Professor Livingston earns Excellence in Scholarship Award
Michael Livingston, Ph.D., is a professor of English for The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, specializing in Medieval Studies. According to the citation for the Excellence in Scholarship Award he earned the Excellence in Scholarship Award based on his impressive scholarly and literary output, which helps to raise the profile of The Citadel and also enhances student learning opportunities.
The award citation states that Livingston is an extraordinarily prolific and internationally recognized medievalist and author. During the past five years, he has become series editor of the Liverpool Historical Casebooks Series, and he has published four peer-reviewed books. Additionally, Livingston has produced ten peer-reviewed articles and given a total of 21 lectures, ten of which were invited. He has also authored a very well-received historical novel, The Shards of Heaven, which is the first of a series that is currently in progress. Livingston has published two short stories and two major book reviews. Finally, he has shared his expertise with a broad audience by appearing on a widely-distributed documentary program.
Professor Conway Saylor earns The Citadel Excellence in Service Award
Conway Saylor, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and a clinical child/pediatric psychologist who has been at The Citadel since 1991. The Citadel Excellence in Service Award citation states that she was chosen for her tireless efforts to create and sustain a culture of service at the college. It says Saylor’s would be the first name to come to mind if choosing a single Citadel faculty member who most personifies the concept of service. She has been the director of service learning and civic engagement for the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics since 2012. In this capacity in 2015-16, for example, she has overseen 2,375 individual volunteers providing 13,377 hours of community service.
Largely as a result of these efforts, she has been recognized with many awards, including the 2012 Governor’s Professor of the Year Award. The Citadel, under her direction, has received awards such as the 2013 Washington Center Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, the 2014 President’s Honor roll, and a Carnegie Elective Classification in Community Engagement for 2015 - 2020.
Additionally, Saylor serves as a thesis chair for graduate students, and mentors undergraduate students in research. She serves on multiple committees and advisory boards. She is also a mentor for Faculty and Staff Fellows in Service learning and Civic Engagement, a program she initiated, which supports faculty and staff members in their efforts to engage in service-learning projects for graduate and undergraduate students.
Professor Mary Katherine Watson earns New Faculty Excellence Award
Mary Katherine Watson, Ph.D., is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering for The Citadel School of Engineering. The Citadel New Faculty Excellence Award citation states that since joining the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Aug. of 2013, Watson has attained high achievements in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.
In her classes, Watson encourages engaged learning through the use of demonstrations, design projects, field trips and reflection activities. She has already earned multiple teaching awards including the
Harry C. Saxe Teaching Award, and The Citadel Navy ROTC’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Through the American Society for Engineering Education, Watson was awarded the Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Award and the Outstanding New Teacher Award.
Her commitment to excellence extends to her service activities. She is co-principal investigator of a $593,254 National Science Foundation STEM grant involving 20 civil engineering students at The Citadel. Watson remains highly engaged in student organizations, serving as the faculty mentor for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) concrete canoe team, which placed first for the first time, overall, in the 2015 competitions. Watson has also served as advisor or co-advisor for the ASCE Mead paper competition, the CEE Trebuchet Team, The Citadel Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and the School of Engineering’s study abroad experience.
Additionally, Watson is active in scholarship in the areas of sustainable engineering and education. She was recently awarded a $298,502 National Science Foundation grant with several other colleagues. She has multiple recent peer-reviewed publications, some of which have been highlighted in the ASCE SmartBrief and published in the World Sustainability Series.