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CHHS Names Annual Faculty and Staff Award Winners

Annually the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) recognizes faculty and staff for their contributions to Georgia Southern University, the College and the community. On August 9, 2017, Dean Barry Joyner, Ph.D., presented awards to two faculty members and two staff members during the College’s annual convocation. Awards are based upon the nominations and recommendations of both faculty and staff and award winners are selected by a committee of their peers. The following individuals were recognized:

  • Amy Jo Riggs-Deckard, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology was awarded the CHHS Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Gavin Colquitt, Ed.D., associate professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology was awarded the CHHS Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
  • Alishia Holmes, child development specialist in the Child Development Center (CDC), was awarded the CHHS Staff Service and Merit Award.
  • Renae Baker, advisor in the Student Services Center, was awarded the CHHS Staff Service and Merit Award.

Scott Selected as a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Ones to Watch Scholar

Angelita Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences, has been selected as a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Ones to Watch Scholar. Scott has worked in the interior design profession for nearly 15 years and currently teaches interior design courses in the School of Human Ecology.

The ASID Ones to Watch program seeks to identify and recognize individuals who are considered rising leaders in the interior design industry. To be considered for the program, the individual has to demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and have a willingness to push boundaries within the interior design profession.

Requirements for eligibility included the following:

  • Be actively employed in the interior design industry;
  • Have five to fifteen years of experience in the interior design industry;
  • Be on a path to a senior and/or executive-level position in the interior design industry;
  • Be employed by a firm with at least 25 employees;
  • Be part of an under-represented group in industry management roles including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ and persons with disabilities; and
  • Be fully committed to participate in the Ones to Watch scholars program if selected.

In addition to meeting a set of eligibility requirements, individuals had to submit a letter of recommendation, an essay on leadership, an essay on their impact in the interior design profession, a curriculum vitae and their teaching portfolio.
“I am especially honored to be one of the scholars for the inaugural Ones to Watch program. To be among the eight scholars is extremely humbling and exciting,” stated Scott.

During the two-year program, scholars will receive one-on-one and group leadership coaching, gain volunteer experiences to enhance their leadership potential, receive complimentary registrations and travel stipends to select ASID national programs, have access to mentors and peer networking and earn national media exposure. “Being in a position to have a seat at the table with national and international leaders in interior design and related professions is truly a gift. In addition to my personal growth, I am so proud to represent and bring further notoriety to Georgia Southern University.”

“I am proud to be a member of an organization that recognizes the importance and value of diversity in leadership positions. Creating a program to support leadership of individuals in under-represented groups expressly shows they are committed to equality in the workplace and the profession of interior design,” stated Scott.


Jennifer Zorotovich, Ph.D. Awarded Outstanding Scholarship Article

Jennifer Zorotovich, Ph.D., assistant professor of child and family development in the School of Human Ecology, is a recipient for Outstanding Scholarship Article in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 108th Annual Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas.

“I was extremely honored to be recognized in this way, especially by such a long standing organization that represents the foundation and cohesion for Georgia Southern University’s School of Human Ecology,” said Zorotovich. “It is rewarding to have my hard work and dedication acknowledged on a national platform.”

The JFCS is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the AAFCS, and the Outstanding Scholarship Article is a national award with the goal of advancing the profession through scholarship. A committee of seven AAFCS members was appointed to distinguish one article that has made a notable contribution to the field and is a reputable model for future submissions.

The committee awarded “Perceived Social Standing and Weight-Related Outcomes in Adolescents” co-authored by Zorotovich, Elizabeth I. Johnson, Ph.D., Carol A. Costello, Ph.D., Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Ph.D., Betty Greer, Ph.D., R.D., Eugene Fitzhugh, Ph.D., and Marsha Spence, Ph.D., who were all faculty members at the University of Tennessee when the article was submitted.

Zorotovich’s research focuses on how influential factors intersect with social status and manifest across developmental stages. The study, which Zorotovich considers the foundational component to her research agenda, examined the effect of social standing on adolescents’ weight and weight perceptions.

“The project was among the first I used to explore the multicontextuality and multidimensionality of human development and was the starting point for my journey into expanding my conceptualization of well-being,” stated Zorotovich.


School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health for an Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) project. ANEW aims to support innovative academic-practice partnerships that will prepare family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students for practice in rural and underserved communities in southeast Georgia.

With this grant, academic-practice partnerships between the School of Nursing Graduate Program and five federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) will be created to increase the number and readiness of FNPs and PMHNPs graduates to care for rural and underserved populations.

The five FQHCs are as follows:

  • East Georgia Healthcare Center to include its ten satellite clinics throughout SE GA;
  • Christ Community Health Services in Augusta, GA;
  • J.C. Lewis Primary Healthcare Center in Savannah, GA;
  • Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care in Savannah, GA; and
  • Appling Healthcare System/Southern Peaches in Baxley, GA.

In addition to providing primary care in fixed facilities, East Georgia Healthcare Center offers a mobile unit. J.C. Lewis Primary Healthcare Center and Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care also provide psychiatric-mental health and behavioral health services, in addition to primary care services.

“The partnership will also offer nurse practitioners employed at the FQHCs the opportunity to attend the yearly School of Nursing’s Graduate Intensive for professional updates and to learn about the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to further their education,” stated Ursula A. Pritham, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, SANE, associate professor and graduate program director in the School of Nursing, and the ANEW Grant Principal Investigator/Director. Grant co-authors included Kathryn Hoehn Anderson, Ph.D., ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT, professor and director of the Center for Nursing Scholarship & Research and Mr. Lee Broxton, scholarship and research specialist at the Center for Nursing Scholarship & Research.

ANEW will also provide traineeships to nurse practitioner students, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford the costs of attending graduate school. “Furthermore, ANEW will create a pipeline from nurse practitioner student practicums to nurse practitioner graduate employment in those settings. Such a partnership will assist FQHCs in their ability to access and hire additional primary care providers, particularly GS graduates familiar with their practice setting, culture and processes without an extensive start-up period,” noted Pritham.


Johnson Awarded the GAFCS Leader Award

L to R: Karen Jones, President, Dr. Johnson, Arlena Fitts Winfrey, VP Awards and Recognition

During the 2017 Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GAFCS) Annual Conference in Athens, GA, on March 31, Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D., was awarded the GAFCS Leader Award for her significant contributions to the field of family and consumer science (FCS) through her involvement in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Johnson has served as a professor of child and family development and school chair for the School of Human Ecology (SHE) in the College of Health and Human Sciences since 2012.

Johnson was recommended for the Leader Award due to her extensive background in program development and the leadership roles she has upheld throughout her career. “Former faculty, and other FCS administrators know of my dedication, commitment and contribution to the field, and those are the individuals who supported the recommendations,” stated Johnson.

In addition, Johnson was recognized nationally in 2016 as a FCS legend by AAFCS for establishing the first national doctoral program in medical family therapy and for her work in child and family relations.

The Leader Award was presented to Johnson by Karen Jones, GAFCS President, and Arlene Fitts Winfrey, VP Awards and Recognition.