FLORENCE---George E. (Eddy) Harding III has been selected the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 1998-99 year at Francis Marion University.
Announced at a campus dinner Tuesday night (April 27), this award has been given since the 1975-76 school year and is based upon a faculty member’s contribution to teaching, professional service and scholarly activities.
The award, named in honor of the former chairman of the FMU Board of Trustees, will be presented at FMU’s spring commencement Saturday, May 8, and carries a $1,500 cash prize, sponsored by the FMU Foundation.
As a result of his selection, Harding will be the Francis Marion University nominee for the Governor’s Professor of the Year Award next fall.
“Eddy Harding takes a personal interest in each student’s development,” said Fred Carter, president-elect of FMU. “He is respected by his students for his advice and counsel and by his colleagues for his dedication to the teaching profession. Through his energy and dedication, he has conducted himself with scholarly distinction in the classroom and through his involvement in campus activities.”
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Harding came to FMU in 1987 and is associate professor of German and coordinator of the German program at the university. He has taught German and French in the University of Kentucky Community College System, the Knoxville City Schools in Tennessee, the University of Tennessee and at Mississippi State University.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in German at Birmingham-Southern College in 1972, a master’s in modern languages at Mississippi State University in 1974, and a doctorate in Germanic languages and literature in 1985 from the University of Tennessee.
He is the author of several articles in professional journals, has conducted numerous presentations, and has served the Pee Dee region in translating numerous German and French documents for businesses and organizations, including serving as a translator for persons visiting the region.
Harding has served on numerous university committees and task forces. He chaired the Athletic Advisory Committee for eight years and has been the university’s faculty athletic representative since 1988. He has chaired the FMU’s Academic Council and served on the Faculty Senate.
He is a member of Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honor Society; Phi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society; the South Atlantic Modern Language Association; the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; the Philological Association of the Carolinas; and the South Carolina Conference on Foreign Language Teaching. He is active in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Florence.
On campus, he has been active with the International Student Association, the French/German Club and the Modern Language Club.
To assist in his knowledge and teaching of his subjects, he has traveled extensively to German- and French-speaking countries.