Teaching Award Honors Professor

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Dr. Paul L. Phillips Exceptional Teacher Award has been established to recognize faculty who excel in teaching, are committed to the needs of students and are dedicated employees to the university.

"Dr. Phillips represents exactly what makes West Georgia so unique," said Dr. Kim Metcalf, dean of the College of Education. "He has spent his entire career here and has seen the university grow and develop in nearly every facet. His love for the institution is evident in everything he does."

Phillips, associate professor of counseling and educational psychology emeritus, began teaching at what was then West Georgia College in 1974. In addition to serving as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology for over 34 years, Phillips has also served as the director of the Ed.D. in school improvement and led the department in developing the new doctoral program in professional counseling and supervision.

According to Phillips' colleagues, Phillips' interest in teaching individuals and groups how to engage change in the process of improving themselves and the organizations they serve are standards that remain constant in all areas of his life.

"Phillips is an example of a fine community member," said Woody Cole, past trustee for the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. "Because of his dedication to education and the university, it was decided that a teaching award would be very fitting."

The Dr. Paul L. Phillips Exceptional Teacher Award will be awarded to a faculty member who has been nominated by colleagues, meets high criteria including a commitment to service and needs of students, the department and the university. Nominees must also extend teaching beyond the boundaries of the classroom, bringing cutting-edge knowledge and excitement of learning to their classes.

For more information about this award, contact the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at 678-839-6554.