COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association has recognized faculty for their dedication to teaching and contributions to the student experience.
Recipients of the New Faculty Award and Faculty Enhancement Grants were Dr. Travis Hagey, assistant professor biology; Dr. Nora Corrigan, assistant professor of English; Dr. Mark Bean professor and chair of health and kinesiology; and Ashley Chisolm, assistant professor of legal studies.
The New Faculty Award of $1,000 rewards the hard work of a newer faculty member in supporting the academic mission of The W. The Faculty Enhancement Grant of $1,000 enhances educational and professional activities of faculty members.
In one semester at The W, Dr. Hagey has shown a passion for teaching, student research and community engagement. He has taught classes in biomechanics, evolution and introductory biology and has found creative ways to engage early career female scientists with practicing scientists. He also has become involved with a number of outreach programs at The W, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and the community. Three W students are engaged in his research that focuses on the sticky toes of geckos and other lizards. Dr. Hagey received his bachelor’s degree in cellular biology at Western Washington University, followed by his doctorate in evolutionary biology and a postdoctoral research position at the University of Idaho. He then moved to Michigan State University to work as a science communication postdoc at the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action before coming to
The W last fall. This grant will allow the purchase of imaging equipment to support continued undergraduate research.
Nothing compares to seeing actors bring to life a play that students have read in class. That’s especially true of the sometimes difficult language of Shakespeare. Dr. Corrigan used a Faculty Enhancement Grant to give 50 students in her literature classes the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” performed at The W by MUW’s Blue Line Shakespeare. She taught the play in her classes this spring. “Many of our students, especially in the general education courses, have never been to a play before, which makes it difficult to develop the kind of theatrical imagination they need to get the most out of reading one,” she said.
A vibrant and growing program, the department of health and kinesiology has seen most kinesiology classes increase by 20% in the two years since the university reinstated athletics under Dr. Bean. With that growth comes the need to expand laboratories that deal with the physiological and anatomical aspects of sport and physical activity. The Motion Analysis Laboratory, which does this, also supports teaching and learning skills associated with health-related fitness assessments, including cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Bean said this grant will support the purchase of specialized equipment that assesses force production in a wide variety of human physical activity, including walking, running and jumping.
In the six years since its founding, The W’s Mock Trial team has soared to success, winning a number of Outstanding Witness and Attorney awards at a variety of competitions. A courtroom learning space in Reneau Hall serves as a classroom for legal studies and a home to The W’s Mock Trial team. Chisolm said this grant will allow further enhancements of the space and support the Mock Trial program. Specifically, funds will be used to purchase courtroom needs such as robes for judges’ use during scrimmages hosted by the Mock Trial team; a state seal of Mississippi for the judge’s bench; a trophy case to showcase awards; and additional structural enhancements to the bench and jury box. The enhancements will go far in helping create an authentic courtroom atmosphere.