HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 21, 2020 – Three special awards were given to High Point University faculty members at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.
HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein commissioned the establishment of these three annual faculty awards in 2018: Extraordinary Leadership Award, Innovation and Creativity Teaching Award and Spirit of High Point University Award.
The provost appointed a task force to develop the criteria for each award. The Awards Committee consisted of faculty members from each of the colleges and schools, appointed by the dean of that school. The committee reviewed all submissions and forwarded nominations to the president and the provost’s office.
The winner of each award receives a recognition during a future Convocation ceremony and a $5,000 award.
Extraordinary Leadership Award
The Extraordinary Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Hayden Carron, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Spanish Program. This award recognizes an HPU faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself through providing extraordinary leadership contributions that advance the excellence of the university. Extraordinary leadership contributions may be evidenced through innovative programs, university service, scholarly work and creative expression.
Carron joined the HPU family in the fall 2007. He has left a lasting mark on students and faculty in his department, colleagues in other schools with whom he has collaborated, faculty who have benefitted from his mentorship, and HPU’s broader campus community as a result of the energy and leadership he brought to his work on key university committees. Carron has created or redesigned more than 14 courses, expanding the offerings of diverse programs on campus. These include ones that tie into the broader institutional objectives, such as First-Year Seminars and Study Abroad experiences. He has found creative ways to engage students with his specialization of Caribbean studies, as well as to promote the study of Spanish in general. He has also taught a number of courses that reach beyond departmental boundaries.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award and thank the HPU faculty and administration for choosing me this year, among the many great leaders who work at HPU,” said Carron.
Since 2017, Carron has served as the director of the Spanish Program, overseeing all aspects of Spanish instruction on campus. Since March, Carron has worked closely with his department on the transition to online courses. He assisted his chair and created guidelines for online instructions, communicated with Spanish faculty, and worked with parents in addressing their concerns promptly. He has served with integrity and efficiency.
“Dr. Carron has served as an exceptional mentor to both students and faculty here at HPU,” said Dr. Angela Bauer, vice president of Academic Affairs. “He easily engages his students in critical conversations about their work and ideas that lead them to new ways of thinking, even as he builds up their confidence and excitement. I’ve been humbled by the extent of his caring and consideration for his students. The university has been extremely fortunate to have Dr. Carron as a faculty member.”
Innovation and Creativity Teaching Award
The Innovation and Creativity Teaching Award was given to Dr. Courtney Bradley, assistant professor of clinical sciences and applied laboratory coordinator in HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. This award recognizes an individual who exhibits traits and characteristics such as the creation of a unique body of research using divergent thinking, imagination and risk taking. This person models innovation in the classroom by putting curiosity, problem solving, critical thinking, deep understanding and creative brainstorming at the center of the course curriculum and classroom practice.
Bradley joined the faculty of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy in July 2015. She demonstrates excellence across all standards and leads in the academy as a teaching mentor and scholar of teaching and learning.
Bradley builds instructional content beginning with clinical guidelines, layered with primary literature and brought to life in practical application of the knowledge through skills training reinforced through practice opportunities. Her commitment to liberal learning is in evidence with the wide range of collaborations she has established in her introduction to pharmacy practice course, where she cultivates a breadth of intellectual perspectives and thoughtfulness across the boundaries of the profession.
“This recognition is a true honor,” said Bradley. “I feel so blessed to be recognized by my students and fellow faculty members. It is a gift to spend each day training future pharmacists in clinical pharmacy skills so that they will be able to practice at the top of their license. I am also very appreciative of the team of fellow faculty members who I am able to teach with each day as they inspire innovative teaching practices in the classroom and set an example of the teamwork that is necessary in pharmacy practice.”
Bradley’s academic curiosity is seen in her peer-reviewed publications and the external funding she has received from the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. Students recognize Bradley as a model of professionalism and trust her instruction and organization as a key element on delivering HPU’s promise to prepare them to be exceptional pharmacists.
“Dr. Bradley’s accomplishments in the five years she has been on faculty here at HPU are remarkable and define excellence in pharmacy education,” said Bauer. “Her letters of nomination reflect the many ways in which her thoughtful work and dedication in the laboratory have impacted her students and fellow colleagues. This award is well-deserved.”
Spirit of High Point University Award
The Spirit of High Point University Award was presented to Dr. Allie Blosser, assistant professor in HPU’s Stout School of Education and program coordinator for Education Studies. This award is intended for a faculty member who exemplifies and aligns his or her value and belief system in accordance with the university and its historic relationship with the church. This faculty member leads by example and encourages colleagues and students to have a deeper understanding and expression of his or her faith.
“My faith and values are what drive my commitment to teaching, the focus of my research, and my service to the greater High Point community,” says Blosser. “To be recognized for the ways my work at HPU exemplifies those things is such an incredible honor.”
Blosser has been an assistant professor of leadership studies since 2016, and before that, she was an adjunct instructor since 2011. She is also part of the newest cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows, where she will teach courses in the Honors Scholar Program for the next three years.
Since joining HPU, Blosser’s work to bring together research on diversity, religion, social justice, education policy and sociology distinguishes her for this award. Blosser’s commitment to understanding Christian values as they relate to the topics of diversity and inclusivity are evident in a major scholarly project, a book titled “Faith, Diversity, and Education: An Ethnography of a Conservative Christian School.” This book is based on a year-long study and analyzes how a Christian K-12 school thinks about and acts on diversity.
Additionally, her work within the community, specifically at local public schools in the city of High Point, hasn’t gone unnoticed. Blosser partnered with educators in several schools to develop a service learning class, in which her student scholars collected and presented empirical data to the schools that helped them build on their assets and strengthen their communities. And in the process, students in these classes learned about social justice, the city of High Point and the power of research to effect change. Noted in her nomination letter, Blosser’s impact through her students’ research for the local community schools has been profound and inspiring for the students.
“Dr. Blosser’s hard work exemplifies the Spirit of High Point through her scholarship, mentoring and community partnerships,” said Bauer. “Her commitment to diversity and inclusivity are infectious, and she has had an amazing influence both at HPU and in the community at large.”