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Auburn University Faculty Awards

Auburn University Faculty Awards

Alumni Undergraduate Teaching

These awards are presented on the basis of outstanding teaching of undergraduates from nominations made by department heads, deans, alumni and students. A committee of retired faculty selects the recipients.

Kelly Bryant
Associate Professor - Industrial Design
College of Architecture, Design and Construction

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Kelly Bryant completed her undergraduate work in graphic design at Auburn University in 1985, and her master of art degree in illustration at Syracuse University in 1992. Bryant has been teaching for approximately 20 years with 12 years at Samford University in Birmingham. For the past eight years, she has been a graphic design professor at Auburn. She has worked professionally as a designer and art director for more than 25 years in the areas of publication and logo, book, and identity design. In addition, she works as a freelance illustrator and painter in the mediums of watercolor and acrylic. Bryant has created design work for clients such as AmSouth Bank; FitzMartin Design Partners; Southern Progress Corporation, which includes Health,HotDots, and Southern Living magazines; and the Auburn Economic Business and Historical Society. She has received awards in the areas of logo, identity, poster and book design, and her work has been published in several books and annuals including Print magazine'sRegional Design AnnualColor Management for Logos, American Corporate Identity 20 and21, and Creativity 34.

Joey Shaw
Professor - Agronomy and Soils
College of Agriculture

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Joey Shaw is a native of Virginia, where he received a bachelor of science degree from James Madison University in 1988. After working for a soil science consulting firm, he received a master of science degree from the University of Maryland in 1993 and a doctorate in soil classification (pedology) from the University of Georgia in 1998. He joined Auburn's faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2007. His responsibilities at Auburn have included instruction of soil classification, soil judging, soil mineralogy, and special topics in geospatial applications, as well as assisting with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. He is also an Alabama Professional Soil Classifier and Certified Crop Advisor and lectures at Alabama Crop Management seminars and workshops. He serves as the Alabama Agriculture Experiment Station liaison to the National Cooperative Soil Survey as well as on the advisory council of the ALPSC and an advisory group to the director of Soil Survey. He was elected chair of the Soil Science Society of America Soil Mineralogy Division and has served as associate editor of two society publications. His research has focused on basic pedology and application of geospatial technologies in soil science and agronomy. In particular, his program has worked on characterization of dynamic soil properties, soil hydromorphic features, and highly weathered minerals.

Ed Williams
Professor - Communications and Journalism
College of Liberal Arts

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Ed Williams joined the Auburn University faculty in the fall of 1983 after a career with weekly and daily newspapers in Alabama, including The South Alabamian in Jackson, Ala. (reporter), The Montgomery Advertiser (state editor), The Brewton Standard(editor), and The Andalusia Star-News (editor). In 1992, he was selected as the teacher of the year in the College of Liberal Arts, and in 2003 he was inducted as a charter member to the Academy of Teaching and Outstanding Teachers in the College of Liberal Arts. Williams served as faculty adviser to The Auburn Plainsman from 1985 to spring 2008. During those 23 years, Auburn University's campus newspaper earned 13 Pacemaker Awards—considered the Pulitzer Prize in college journalism. Only one other college newspaper in the United States has been awarded more Pacemakers thanThe Auburn Plainsman. When Williams stepped down as Plainsman adviser in spring 2008 and to celebrate completion of his 25th year on the Auburn journalism faculty, he announced the creation of The King Edsel (Ed) Williams Jr. Endowment for Scholarships to provide funds for journalism students who are members of The Auburn Plainsman staff. In 1997, Williams wrote a book, The Press of Alabama:  A History of the Alabama Press Association to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the APA.