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School of Education honors faculty, staff at annual end of year luncheon

With the spring semester entering its final days, the School of Education held its 2015-16 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon in the Commonwealth Ballroom of VCU’s University Student Commons. The annual ceremony brings together the faculty and staff from the school and its centers to reflect on and celebrate their achievements during the academic year.

Twelve individual awards were presented at the event, designed to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the school, the university and the community. Long-serving members of the School of Education were recognized as well, a list topped this year by Dr. Jim McMillan, now in his 37th year with VCU.

The school also celebrated the career of Dr. Paul Gerber, who will retire after a remarkable 38-year career in the field of learning disabilities — 28 of which have come here at the School of Education. Gerber, who received a clock as a gift at the luncheon, has served as the Ruth Harris Professor in Dyslexia Studies since it was endowed in 2010: the first such professorship of its kind at the School of Education.

View and download photos from the event or visit YouTube to watch the year-in-review slideshow.

Full list of 2015-16 award winners

  • Education Alumni Council Distinguished Junior Faculty Award: Dr. Katherine Mansfield
  • McLeod Faculty Development Award: Dr. Michael Broda
  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award: Dr. Willis Miller
  • Outstanding Professional Faculty Award: Diana Burkett
  • Outstanding Community Engagement Award: ​Dr. ​Abigail ​Conley and Dr. Kevin Sutherland
  • Distinguished Service Award: Dr. LaRon ​Scott
  • Distinguished Teaching Award: Dr. Donna Gibson
  • Distinguished Scholarship Award: Dr. Greg Greenhalgh
  • Award of Excellence: Dr. Mary Hermann and Dr. Carrie LeCrom
  • Staff Award for Outstanding Achievement Award (more than six years of service): June Jones
  • Staff Award for Outstanding Achievement Award (six or less years of service): Lauren Mortensen
  • Patricia Pleasant Award of Excellence: Roberta Martin