Faculty & Staff Awards 2022

January 13, 2022

Baton Rouge, LA - The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education 2021-2022 Awards recognize outstanding contributions from our faculty and staff. These deserving colleagues made a significant contribution in one of our mission areas - or in providing leadership and support to make this work possible. Our college is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan. Our students, faculty, and staff are leaders in their fields, helping solve complex human, social, and information issues.

The Advocate for Diversity Award recognizes a faculty member who exhibits exceptional work that has brought about lasting impact on the importance of understanding diverse cultures at LSU and beyond. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a sustained record of excellence in research and scholarly productivity. The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated superior teaching and related activities. The Early Career Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary performance in teaching, research or service within eight years after receipt of their doctoral degree. The Engagement Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has established collaboration with individuals, nonprofit agencies or government institutions for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources that address significant social issues in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The Outstanding Faculty Service Award recognizes a faculty member who has a proven record of exceptional service to the profession, school, college or university and has been a CHSE employee for a minimum of three years. The Outstanding Staff Service Award recognizes a staff member who has a proven record of exceptional service to the profession, school, college or university and has been a CHSE employee for a minimum of three years.

Recipients will be recognized for their awards at the College of Human Sciences & Education Faculty/Staff Assembly on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 9 a.m.

This year's honorees are: 

  • Missy Korduner | Advocate for Diversity Award (School of Leadership & Human Resource Development)
  • Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell | Distinguished Research Award (School of Education)
  • Erin Richard | Distinguished Teaching Award (School of Leadership & Human Resource Development)
  • Jennifer Scott | Early Career Award (School of Social Work)
  • Edward A. Gibbons, III | Engagement Award (School of Leadership & Human Resource Development)
  • Pamela A. Monroe | Outstanding Faculty Service Award (School of Social Work)
  • Melissa Turnage | Outstanding Staff Service Award (School of Leadership & Human Resource Development)

Photo of Missy Korduner

 Advocate for Diversity Award

Missy Korduner is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Coordinator for the Online MS/LHRD program in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. Her areas of expertise include extended orientation and transition programs; first year student initiatives; program planning and implementation; program assessment and evaluation; student leader training and development; and student advising. Through her work, Dr. Korduner has established herself as an invaluable resource and advocate for both undergraduate and graduate students. She has a passion for elevating all voices. When it comes to advocating for the rights, interests, and perspectives of diverse individuals, Missy is persistent, self-reflective, and fully committed to giving action to voice.

Dr. Korduner excels in building strong relationships with LHRD students who are among the most diverse in age, race, ethnicity, and nationality on campus. She cultivates interpersonal trust with students so that they feel comfortable sharing their personal challenges with her and look to her for advice in navigating their educational journeys. Dr. Korduner advocates for diversity by educating herself, educating others, and putting her passion into action. She is a National Coalition Building Institute facilitator, national professional association presenter on the DEI movement, and coordinated a diversity series at the local level for the Association for Talent Development Baton Rouge on the topic of oppression, racism, and discrimination in the workplace. Dr. Korduner was selected to participate in Changemakers with the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students which focuses on creating equitable access to excellent schools and education in the Baton Rouge community.

As noted in one of her support letters, Dr. Korduner is a “key factor in our program’s success because she consistently goes above and beyond to connect with each student as a valued and unique individual.”

Photo of Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell Distinguished Research Award

Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell is the Cecil "Pete" Taylor Professor of Literacy, Leadership and Urban Education in the School of Education and is also Director of the LSU Writing project. Dr. Sulentic Dowell’s scholarship centered on literacy in urban settings reflects excellence for her rank. She has contributed outstanding research to her field, and as a full professor, she has maintained excellence as she continues to contribute to the education field in meaningful ways.

As one colleague states, “Sulentic Dowell’s research contributions to the literacy field are significant, sustained, and speak to both the breadth and depth of her body of scholarly work. She has both published in top tier journals and presented at top tier research venues including the Literacy Research Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Literacy Association, the International Association of Research of Service Learning and Community Engagement, and the University Council of Educational Administration.”

During her time at LSU, she has published 24 journal articles, three books (with her 4th being published this year), 17 book chapters, and has had proposals accepted at 62 national/international conferences, sharing her literacy scholarship widely. In addition to her journal publications, Dr. Sulentic Dowell has served in an editing capacity on numerous journals, including terms as editor, associate editor, guest editor, and membership on editorial boards. Additionally, Dr. Sulentic Dowell has served as principal investigator or co-PI on grants totaling approximately $1.5 million dollars. 

As noted in one of her support letters, “Her research has addressed a wide range of literacy topics and issues of equity and effectiveness.  She has informed policy at the national level as well as here in Louisiana.  Her extensive background in education as a classroom teacher and at the district level has given her insights into issues that are at the center of debates regarding literacy education in the US.  Her ability to collaborate and engage students and colleagues in her research is truly remarkable and makes her a highly valued colleague.  She is not only a productive colleague, but one that has a positive impact on the scholarly productivity of others.”

Photo of Erin RichardDistinguished Teaching Award

Erin Richard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. She teaches courses on work stress and health, organizational needs assessment, program evaluation, and quantitative research methods. Dr. Richard has expanded the LHRD curricula with new courses on occupational health science and advanced quantitative research methods, based on her background in psychology and multivariate statistics. The undergraduate course that she created, “Work Stress and Health” is now a required course in the Bachelor of Science program, and her “Advanced Quantitative Methods” course is now part of the required research methods curriculum in the doctoral program in the school. 

In the classroom, Dr. Richard engages students in developing their skills in facilitation, communication, and leadership through group assignments, discussion, reflection, and projects. She fosters a positive learning climate, encourages critical reflection, and develops students’ understanding and growing awareness of the contents. Dr. Richard has increasingly integrated project-based learning and service-learning into her courses, providing opportunities for students to simultaneously gain practical experience and engage in service to the community.

A substantial part of Dr. Richard’s impact as a teacher and scholar stems from her mentorship of graduate students. Over her career, she has conferred 16 master’s degrees and 7 doctoral degrees, and she has served on an additional 26 master’s thesis committees and 29 doctoral committees. The impact she has had on future scientist-practitioners is indicated by her students’ continued contributions to organizational science. Most of her graduate advisees have gone on to applied research positions with government agencies such as the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and NASA.

Photo of Jennifer ScottEarly Career Award

Jennifer Scott is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Since joining the college in 2016, Dr. Scott has established a remarkable scholarship record. With a research focus on immigrant rights and health disparities, she has amassed a stellar scholarship publication and presentation record in social work and allied health scopes, highlighted by 16 peer reviewed publications and one book chapter as well as 32 international, national, and regional refereed, scholarly conference presentations. Her funding activity parallels her stellar publication and presentation record, including 11 proposals submitted for research and pedagogy related funding, eight of which have been successfully funded – a 0.73 funding success rate. Dr. Scott has secured a wide array of funding sources, external and internal to LSU; public and private sectors; regional and national, including National Institutes of Health. She has held leadership roles as solo investigator and co-investigator and is individually and collaboratively responsible for over $900,000 in secured research funding.

Dr. Scott is an effective, engaging teacher who conveys current knowledge and skills, including critical thinking, with her students. She teaches requisite Social Work Policy courses for the MSW Program and created the LSU MSW Policy & Macro Practice Specialization with increased internship opportunities in policy related settings. Additionally, she developed a Chilean study-abroad program for LSU MSW students to bring students face-to-face with health and well-being challenges faced daily by impoverished Latin American families.

Dr. Scott has been nationally recognized via funding support by the Council on Social Work Education. Her commitment to social work policy advocacy has also been demonstrated via her work with the National Association of Social Workers as an official Policy Delegate, advocating for rights and quality healthcare policies for immigrants. All this policy work has strengthened Jen’s instructional knowledge and skills that have translated to productive, meaningful education in her Policy courses. 

As stated by one of Dr. Scott’s collaborators, she is an “outstanding scholar with a very compelling, promising, and relevant research agenda. When combined with her dedication to service, excellent communication skills, collaborative nature and demonstrated initiative, she is most deserving of this recognition by LSU's College of Human Sciences and Education. She has been a joy to work with these past few years and I look forward to our continued collaboration on vital work to address some of the most pressing issues our constituents face.”

Photo of Edward GibbonsEngagement Award

Edward Gibbons is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. Dr. Gibbons makes a meaningful impact by preparing LHRD students for competitive and meaningful learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. He knows what it takes to be successful and seeks to help each student thrive. 

Dr. Gibbons was instrumental in making the LHRD program a Society of Human Resource Management academically aligned program, allowing students to sit for the SHRM-CP exam during their senior year. This not only prepares students for a strong academic experience, but also provides the students with more employable skills, making them great assets to employers. 

Dr. Gibbons understands the importance for students to be engaged in the community and build toward vibrant and fulfilling careers. Building on his own experience as an LHRD practitioner and consultant, he has a keen understanding of what it takes to be successful in the field and works to great lengths to create win-win-win circumstances for our students, organizations in our community, and the university. Students have the conundrum of needing experience to gain experience and to help identify and secure appropriate opportunities, Dr. Gibbons designed, developed, and implemented LHRD Networking Night, now in its third year. Networking Night connects dozens of Baton Rouge-area organizational leaders to LHRD students seeking internships and meaningful work upon graduation. 

Additionally, he is a consultant with Success Labs, a Louisiana based management consulting firm that offers guidance on leadership development, executive coaching, organizational development, and strategic & succession planning to companies positioned in the industrial sector. He has collaborated with numerous Fortune 500 & 1000 companies such as Fluor Federal Petroleum, CF Industries, Genesis Energy, Albemarle Corporation, and Axiall Corporation, successfully developing their leadership teams and high potential talent. 

One of his organizational collaborators stated, “His ability to collaborate with students and university stakeholders to reform and build upon the internship program with LHRD is truly only the beginning to his successes. I, for one, can’t wait to see what else he has in store.”

Photo of Pamela MonroeOutstanding Faculty Service Award

Pamela Monroe is the Lois Canulette & W.A. “Buster” Baker Alumni Professor of Child & Family Studies and Director of the School of Social Work. Dr. Monroe has dedicated the past 31 years of her life to serving the University. The thousands of students, staff, and faculty she has touched over the years are all the better for her dedication and sacrifice.

Dr. Monroe first came to LSU in 1990 as an Assistant Professor in Family, Child, & Consumer Sciences, where she later earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and eventually Professor. Between 2002 and 2006, she served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and in 2006 transitioned to Interim Dean of the School of Social Work, where she later returned to her faculty role. In 2012, Dr. Monroe was instrumental in helping her former Family, Child, & Consumer Sciences colleagues find a new home within the School of Social Work and in 2019, Dr. Monroe once again stepped up and reprised her role as Director of the School of Social Work. 

Dr. Monroe has a substantial publication record with more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, dozens of reports and technical reports, and nearly 100 conference presentations and keynote speeches delivered. Her research focuses on public policy issues, primarily related to poverty and welfare reform.

Throughout her entire career at LSU, she has served, sometimes more than once, on nearly 50 committees, subcommittees, councils, and task forces, several on which she continues to serve. The reach of her service has extended from the School of Social Work and School of Human Ecology Outstanding Faculty Service Award to the College of Human Sciences and Education and College of Agriculture to the Faculty Senate and several University bodies, including the Budget Committee and the Roadmap to Diversity Committee. Her generosity of time and talent extends into the community, where she volunteers for the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program and Boys Hope/Girls Hope, provided professional expertise for the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Louisiana Child Poverty Prevention Council, served as President of the National Council on Family Relations, and gave selflessly to countless other state and local organizations, primarily serving vulnerable children and families. She has also guided 24 master’s and doctoral students through the thesis and dissertation processes and worked with another 45 master’s and doctoral students as a member of their committees.

A colleague wrote, “I am a successful researcher, teacher, and leader because of her example. Dr. Monroe represents everything an excellent faculty member and school leader should be. She wants to leave LSU, the School of Social Work, and the lives that she touches better than she found them.”

Photo of Melissa TurnageOutstanding Staff Service Award

Melissa Turnage serves as an Academic Program Specialist in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development. She joined LSU in 2015 as an administrative coordinator in the School of Library and Information Science. In November 2016, she worked for both SLIS and the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development. In 2017, she shifted to SHREWD and was an integral part of the school’s transition to the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. 

As Academic Program Specialist, Melissa directly manages scholarships, student data, graduate admissions, and course management for over 350 undergraduate and graduate students and 50 faculty members, adjuncts, and graduate assistants. Melissa has the responsibility for creating the LHRD curriculum carousel that ensures all students get access to the courses they need to graduate on time and all faculty maintain their desired course loads and preferences. One colleague wrote, “this task is an analytic logistical Rubik’s cube of conflicts and contingencies with consequence to students’ lives and LHRD health.” 

Melissa was instrumental in researching enrollment and registration trends to help modify timing of courses to maximize access for our students. She also took the initiative to track the progress of each online graduate student, currently tracking over 200 online students. Through her tracking, the school can identify course completion and cadence. This has improved the school’s ability to track student progress towards graduation, identify issues before they become extreme, and address student’s needs proactively – all which positively impact retention.

As her nominator wrote, “She regularly goes above and beyond to support faculty and students with any questions, concerns, or challenges they may encounter. She is detail-oriented and organized, seeing the big picture of major processes and procedures for the school. She provides invaluable insight as the school continues to improve services. Melissa considers the impact - positive or negative –decisions will have for faculty, students, and the school as a whole. Melissa is truly irreplaceable and gives 110% each and every day.”

About CHSE:
As a college within Louisiana’s flagship university, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) impacts the lives of individuals in our state, nation, and the world through our research, service, teaching, and scholarship. We offer programs through our five schools: School of Education, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, School of Kinesiology, School of Library & Information Science, and School of Social Work. The University Laboratory School (ULS) is also under the college umbrella, enrolling approximately 1,400 K-12 students. ULS was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Fall 2015. The college is home to the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) which enrolls 175 children ages six weeks to four years old. The ECELP is a NAEYC accredited institution.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse.

Contact: Mary P. Woods
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