Research Award-Winning Faculty

Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, Dr. Kathryn M. Floyd

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Established in 2012, the Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research mentoring recognizes faculty who demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate research and outstanding services to students, and whose efforts support Auburn students interested in careers in research and creative work.

Dr. Kathryn M. Floyd, associate professor of art history in the College of Liberal Arts, has served on Auburn’s faculty for 11 years. She is recognized for her research focused on the history of art in 20th century Germany—particularly the history and historiography of art exhibitions and their mediation in catalogues, installation photographs and film—and her mentorship to undergraduate researchers. Floyd holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and anthropology from Vanderbilt University, a master’s of art history from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in art history from the University of Iowa. Before coming to Auburn in 2008, Floyd worked at the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries and served as a visiting assistant professor of art history at Skidmore College. Her teaching at Auburn University has been recognized with an SGA Outstanding Faculty Member Award (2011) and a College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award (2017). Floyd believes in the importance of gaining real-world experience in learning and teaches her students the need for flexible thinking, the ability to adapt and recover, and the courage to fail productively when circumstances don't go as planned.

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