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Dr. Susan Lynn (right), Chair of the Division of Education, received the Professor of the Year Award during Thomas University’s Commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 5. Presenting the award is Dr. Andy Sheppard, TU’s President.

 

Lynn named 2018 Professor of the Year

During its 63rd Commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 5, Dr. Susan Lynn was named Thomas University’s 2018 Professor of the Year. Dr. Lynn has served as Professor and Chair of the Division of Education at TU since the fall of 2010.

Dr. Lynn, who lives in Tallahassee, “redefined the quality of education in both the Initial Teacher Certification and Advanced Graduate Programs through visionary leadership,” according to the nomination letter.

Through Dr. Lynn’s efforts, TU’s Division of Education began offering four new programs in 2015 – a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction along with a master’s degree, education specialist degree and endorsement all in Teacher Leadership. TU has received the highest Teacher Leadership pass rate in the state.

“Dr. Lynn doesn’t see her position as just a job,” said Dr. John Meis, TU Vice President for Academic Affairs. “For her, preparing future educators is a passion, and she’s willing to invest whatever time and effort it takes to make sure that her students become outstanding teachers.”

In recent years Dr. Lynn’s efforts have increased the Division of Education’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment to more than 400 students. This year 160 of those students graduated with bachelor’s, master’s or education specialist degrees.

Dr. Lynn worked with partners in Bainbridge, Georgia, and Nashville, Georgia, to create Saturday programs offering undergraduate classes at locations in those cities. She also extended TU’s graduate program in Education by collaborating with local school systems to offer classes at locations throughout Georgia. This move makes obtaining a master’s or education specialist degree more accessible to students in those areas.

Dr. Lynn was instrumental in the creation of TU’s Camp STEMtastic, a week-long summer camp for select low-income students with interest and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and math. The students begin attending in middle school and return each year through high school with their same group.

Because Dr. Lynn recognizes the need for student engagement, she makes sure TU Education students have the technology tools they need and the training for how to use those tools. She regularly encourages students and faculty to pursue professional development opportunities.

At the state level, Dr. Lynn was recently elected President of the Georgia Association of Independent Colleges of Teacher Education, serves as a Georgia Public Service Commission (GaPSC) Site Visitor Trainer/Chair, and is a GaPSC Task Force committee member. At the national level, Dr. Lynn is a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Association for College of Teachers Education.

Before joining TU, Dr. Lynn served 23 years as a faculty member in the College of Education at Florida State University. She previously spent eight years teaching grades kindergarten-12th in public schools.

Dr. Lynn holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina; a Master of Science Degree in Motor Learning from the University of Tennessee; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from Coker College.

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