Columbia College congratulates Dr. Sharon Jones, Associate Professor Political Science, for being recognized by South Carolina’s Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) with its Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Jones received the award at the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner held on April 4, 2017. Nominated by Dr. Hyman Rubin, III, the nomination was supported by a student recommendation prepared by Nebal Abu Abdo.
Dr. Sharon Jones has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2006. She holds a PhD and an MA in Comparative Politics from Syracuse University. Dr. Jones also received an MA and BA, both in International Relations, as well as a BS in Business Administration, all from the University of South Florida.
The hallmark of South Carolina’s private non-profit colleges and universities is the emphasis on individualized learning and student achievement. This can only be accomplished by a faculty of the highest quality working in a supportive environment that encourages and fosters serious inquiry, critical thinking, and a broader understanding of the world in which we live.
Each year, SCICU recognizes and celebrates the best of the best with its Excellence in Teaching Awards. A faculty member from each of SCICU’s twenty member institutions is nominated for the award according to rigorous guidelines. The award recipients are honored at a special dinner in April and are each awarded a $3,000 professional development grant.
2017 marks the 12th year that SCICU has honored the Best of the Best at its twenty member colleges and universities. This group of teacher-scholars represents many different academic disciplines and brings a rich diversity of education, experience, and interests to our campuses.
There are common threads, however, that weave their way through this distinguished group of academicians. First and foremost, they are educators who come to our liberal arts institutions to work one-on-one with students whom they also serve as advisers, mentors, and friends. They are dedicated and committed professionals who work long and hard to be the best in their particular academic disciple in order to instruct and guide future generations as their life’s work. These professionals are value-centered, passionate, creative, and caring.
Learn more about Dr. Jones and the award: http://www.scicu.org/about-scicu/excellence-in-teaching-awards/columbia-college/