FLORENCE---J. Tompkins (Tommy) Ramey Jr. of Florence has been selected the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2004-05 year at Francis Marion University.
Announced at a campus banquet April 21, this award has been given since the 1975-76 school year and is based upon a faculty member’s contributions to teaching, professional service and scholarly activities.
The award, named in honor of the former chairman of the FMU Board of Trustees, is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a faculty member. It will be presented at FMU’s spring commencement Saturday, May 7. The award carries a cash prize.
As a result of his selection, Ramey will be the Francis Marion University nominee for the Governor’s Professor of the Year Award competition next fall.
“Tommy Ramey is recognized for his superlative teaching and scholarship in mathematics,” said Fred Carter, FMU president. He also praised Ramey for his strong commitment to research and his service to the university and community.
“For more than 30 years, his students have held him in high regard as a caring and compassionate teacher, and his colleagues have respected his scholarship and leadership,” said Carter.
A native of Honea Path, Ramey earned his bachelor’s (1969) and doctoral (1974) degrees from Clemson University, where he was a research and teaching assistant.
He joined the FMU faculty in 1974 and has been promoted through the years to the rank of professor of mathematics. He designed and directed the computer science program from 1985 to 1996, and served as coordinator of mathematics from 1997 to 1998. He was the first FMU professor to teach many of the courses in the computer science and mathematics curricula.
He has numerous publications to his credit, including co-authoring a textbook on the self-paced math lab. He belongs to the Mathematical Association of America, the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, the S.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Ramey was awarded the 2001 FMU Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has served on many university committees, including the Faculty Senate and the Honors Program. He helps annually with the mathematics tournament for high school students and has served as a judge for many public school competitions in mathematics and science.
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