Curtis receives Vulcan teaching award

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Richard Curtis, Thomas University’s Associate Professor of Art, received this year’s Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award during an online awards event held Friday, May 8.

For the past 25 years, Vulcan Materials, in conjunction with the Georgia Independent College Association, has been honoring an outstanding professor with the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award at select members of the Georgia Independent College Association. This award recognizes an outstanding faculty member who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom and provides leadership and support in the other areas of campus life.  The recipients are faculty who assist the institution in nurturing an academic climate which fosters teaching and who provide leadership to enhance the campus community.

Curtis, who resides in Thomasville, was commended for his work both in the classroom and in the community. Some of those efforts include teaching his students the value in helping others by creating tactile artwork for students at the Georgia Academy for the Blind, running mindfulness sessions for the TU community both in person and later online, and hosting virtual drawing classes during the time of social distancing.

“At Thomas University, we believe that our role as academics is to use our knowledge and skill for the betterment of those around us and to help lift others up so that they can achieve what they are striving for,” said Dr. John Meis, Vice President for Academic Affairs, in presenting the award. “Rich Curtis consistently embodies the values of Thomas University, and it is my pleasure to present him with the Vulcan Teaching Award in recognition of his service.”

Richard Curtis received the 2020 Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award for Thomas University.

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