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Armstrong Campus biology professor earns Judge Ron Ginsberg Faculty Excellence Award

Georgia Southern Biology Lecturer Geneva DeMars, Ph.D., accepts the Judge Ron Ginsberg Faculty Excellence Award from University President Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University Biology Lecturer Geneva DeMars, Ph.D., has been awarded the Judge Ron Ginsberg Faculty Excellence Award.

This award recognizes the overall outstanding teaching (face-to-face, online or blended) of one full-time Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus faculty member in the 2017-18 calendar year. Nominations were accepted from all departments.

“Dr. DeMars is the epitome of a scholarly educator,” said Associate Chair of the Biology Department Scott Mateer. “She teaches gateway courses that are predominantly freshman and sophomore students who are often first-generation, underprepared, ‘at-risk’ students. Not only is she a challenging instructor who cares for her students, but Dr. DeMars is also constantly assessing and challenging herself to improve as an educator.”

DeMars joined the Armstrong Campus’ biology faculty in 2010 as an instructor, and became a lecturer in 2013. Previously a Mercer University postdoctoral associate, she holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Georgia, as well as a B.S. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.

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