Faculty, staff and students were honored in a ceremony April 25 when East Carolina University celebrated its heritage with the annual Founders Day University Awards Celebration. The top teaching award, the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, went to Dr. Ravi Paul from the Department of Management Information Systems, ECU College of Business.(Photos by Cliff Hollis)
RISING TO HIGH EXPECTATIONS
ECU recognizes achievement, accomplishment at annual awards day
April 25, 2012
By Doug Boyd
ECU News Services
A business professor received the top teaching award at East Carolina University during the annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on Wednesday.
Dr. Ravi Paul received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Paul is an associate professor in the Department of Management Information Systems in the ECU College of Business.
“I have high expectations for learning, and I believe students rise to the expectations we set for them,” he said after receiving the award.
Also recognized was Dr. Tom Irons, associate vice chancellor for health sciences and professor of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Last fall, he received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Public Service. (Related story at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/irons.cfm)
“I feel very deeply in the principle of servant leadership,” Irons said. “Ego is a terrible enemy. It’s a terrible mortal enemy, and it gets in the way of serving effectively.” When people don’t care who gets the credit, he said, they can accomplish great things.
“We’ve got to keep the focus on service above self,” Irons said.
Dr. Susan McCammon received the James R. Talton Jr. Leadership Award. She is professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Jeannie Golden, an associate professor of psychology, received the Scholarship of Engagement Award. It recognizes a sustained commitment to partnering with communities.
Other awards presented during the ceremony were the following: