Winthrop University: COE Faculty/Staff Awards

COE Faculty/Staff Awards


Nomination Information

Nominations are now closed for the 2020-2021 COE Award Ceremony. 

  • To view descriptions for our eight award categories, please click the drop down menus below for "COE Faculty and Staff Awards."
  • Students, staff, and faculty can nominate someone. Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • Nominators will be asked to list 7-10 reasons why the person should win the award.
  • A selection committee will determine award winners. Typically only one individual per category will be awarded.
  • Click here to go to the nomination page.


Congratulations to our 2020-2021

College of Education retirees and awardees!


COE Retirees

    Ruth Gaylor

    Ruth Gaylor is retiring after serving 11 years in her role of Advisement Coordinator in the Student Academic Services office in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. She came to Winthrop from Montreat College School of Professional and Adult Studies in Charlotte where she served as the Charlotte Regional Campus Director and adjunct faculty. She came to us with a wealth of experience, including higher education advisement, recruitment, orientation, accreditation, and articulation agreements. She had also had experience engaging in campus-wide collaborations and was already familiar with Banner and LiveText. Just our luck!

    A native of Indiana, Ruth earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Marion College, an M.A. in Education from Ball State University, and completed MBA coursework at Indiana Wesleyan University. Starting out as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in Marion Community Schools, she continued to gain invaluable experience through various positions in the Indiana education system and eventually at Wingate, DeVry, and Montreat in North Carolina. Ruth’s previous roles included enrollment counselor; supervisor for the Center for Scholarship Management; assistant to the VP of Corporate and International Programs; regional re-entry pilot program manager; director of enrollment; director of adult and continuing education; and Associate Dean of Business & Management and Graduate Studies.

    Since coming to Winthrop, Ruth has established herself as one of the most beloved colleagues and has endeared herself to countless students through her work in SAS and teaching multiple sections of EDUC 101 over the years. Ruth has also been recognized by the Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society for Transfer Students as an honorary member for her support of transfer students. In 2015, not only was she recognized with the COE’s award for Support Staff Excellence in Service, she also received a Winthrop presidential citation for her tireless efforts throughout the debut of the College’s new Education Core curriculum. The Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies department has recognized her with their Service Award for outstanding service to faculty, staff, and students in the department. Just to name a few!

    A fierce advocate for her students, a safe place for faculty and staff to stop in for encouragement and support, and with her office door and ears always open for a quick chat or good story—we will greatly miss Ruth’s guidance and especially her laughter.


COE Nominees for University Awards


COE Faculty and Staff Awards

    The Adjunct Faculty Award highlights a faculty member who has demonstrated excellent teaching skills, works well with colleagues in the COE, and challenges students to do their best work. She/he is someone who provides plenty of academic learning time in the classroom, effective assignments, and works well with students outside the classroom. An adjunct faculty is a person teaching at least three hours per year, but less than ten hours per term.

    As the College of Education extends its vision to include direct emphasis on collaboration with other colleges, the community, and schools/organizations, this award distinguishes a faculty member for extensive efforts in outreach. Results of such efforts can include, but are not limited to, increased opportunities for WU students to engage in authentic learning experiences, positive impact on community members, opportunities for faculty engagement in the workplace, and more.

    This award recognizes a full-time faculty member for unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and the scholarship of teaching which enhances the effectiveness of instruction.

    The Research and Scholarship Award distinguishes a faculty member who has engaged in original research and/or writing characterized by a significant contribution to the field. State, regional, or national peers know the awardee as a leader in his/her field of inquiry. Through dissemination of his /her original work, the public recognizes the awardee as an expert in the field of applicable research.

    The Spirit and Collaboration Award recognizes a member of the college who consistently demonstrates enthusiasm and a positive attitude, thereby creating an environment more conducive to the success of the college.

    The Stewardship and Service Award recognizes contributions that go above and beyond the scope of faculty responsibilities. Identified as someone who cares deeply about the well-being and continued growth of the department, college, and university, this faculty member emulates devotion and forward thinking. This faculty member spends significant time on activities regardless of compensation or self-satisfaction.

    The Student Engagement and Development Award signifies a considerable and sustained effort to actively engage students in the learning process. This faculty member builds positive relationships with students, extending educational opportunities beyond the classroom. As a skilled educator, the faculty member utilizes diverse and innovative teaching strategies and provides opportunities for students to develop as responsible, engaged citizens.

    The Support Staff Excellence in Service Award recognizes a support staff member for exceptional service to the unit, college, and university. This person facilitates the efficient and effective operation of their unit. 



Last Updated: 10/4/21