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FMU professors recognized for teaching, research and service

Best,Keith2012-lgWarters,Alissa2011-2Wittmann-Price-12Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 18.  

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the McNair Center for Government and History Dr. T. Alissa Warters was given the Award of Excellence in Teaching; Chair of the Nursing Department Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price was presented the Award for Excellence in Research; and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Peter D. Hyman Professor of Fine Arts Dr. Keith Best received the Award for Excellence in Service. Each award carries a cash prize.  

“Exemplary teaching, public service and scholarship are essential characteristics of a good faculty member, and these awards recognize the importance of each in our mission of educating students,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “The accomplishments of Alissa, Ruth and Keith have earned the respect of this entire campus. We are all very proud of them and applaud their achievements.” 

Wittmann-Price earned an associate’s degree in applied science and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Felician College in Lodi, N.J. in 1978 and 1981, respectively. She received a master’s degree as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist from Columbia University in New York in 1983. Wittmann-Price completed her doctorate in nursing science at Widener University in Chester, Pa. in 2006.

She is author of Fundamentals of Nursing Test Success: An Unfolding Case Study Review and co-editor and chapter contributor of three books, “Nursing Education: Foundations for Practice Excellence” (2007) (American Journal of Nursing {AJN} Book of the Year Award winner), “The Certified Nurse Examination (CNE) Review Manual” (2009), and “NCLEX-RN EXCEL Test Success through Unfolding Case Study Review” (2010).

She has also published Fast facts for Developing a Nursing Academic Portfolio (2012), Nursing Concept Care Maps for Safe Patient Care (Oct. 2012) and Maternal-Child Nursing Test Success: An Unfolding Case Study Review (with Francis H. Cornelius) (2011). Her chapter, The role of the educator,” in “Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice” (Dreher, M. & Glasgow, M. E. S., Eds.) contributed to the book winning the AJN Book of the Year Award, 2011. Wittmann-Price has also published numerous articles and presents nationally on nursing educational topics.

A native of Valdosta, Ga., Best arrived at FMU in 1993 upon earning the master of fine arts in theatre at the University of Louisville in 1993 and the bachelor of fine arts in theatre from Valdosta State University in 1986. For four years he served as chair of the faculty and was a member of the faculty senate for 11 years prior to serving as secretary and vice-chairman of the senate.

As associate dean, Best’s responsibilities include working with department chairs and assisting the Dean in overseeing the College’s academic programs. Professor Best will also assist in the development and coordination of initiatives originating in the Dean’s Office. 

Warters, a native of Rock Hill has been a member of the FMU faculty since 2004. Warters received the B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. She received the Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. 

Her primary research and teaching interests are the American presidency and public law. She was recently recognized for her role as co-chair of the United Nations Symposium. Warters has given numerous professional presentations on various topics. Her work has been published in several scholarly journals and magazines, all of which focus on the president of the United States and civil liberties.

Her professional memberships include the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, South Carolina Political Science Association and Popular Culture and American Culture Association in the South.

Warters was also presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance between the faculty, administration and the board of trustees.



Last Published: August 5, 2013 8:23 AM
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