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Averett Recognizes Faculty & Staff Member of the Year

May 3, 2012

Averett University is pleased to announce its 2011-12 Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Staff members of the year. Dr. Patricia Horne, assistant professor of education, was named the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. Stephanie Mullins, associate director of admissions and transfer counselor, was named the Outstanding Staff Member of the Year.

Horne has made a big impression on her co-workers and students in her relatively short time at Averett. She has been active in the local community by serving on the SMART Beginnings Committee and judging Gretna Elementary School's Science Fair. At Averett, she has served on a number of committees including academic assessment and evaluation, technology integration and student success. In addition to her work both on and off campus, Horne has made time for her own scholarly pursuits this year including involvement in VISTA (Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement) Science Education Faculty Academy; she has presented four sessions at VAST's Annual Conference (VA Association for Science Teachers); conducted ongoing research based on VISTA training; and co-authored a research article submitted to the Journal of Mathematics and Science. One student nomination noted "Dr. Horne has taught eight classes this semester and isn't even breaking a sweat. She is a phenomenal instructor, and I believe more professors should be like her — firm, fair and consistent!" Another student nomination stated "She is very open-minded and exemplifies what an instructor should be."

Mullins, a 1983 Averett graduate, has worked at the University for more than 20 years. During that time, she has worked in the admissions office in various capacities including as international student admissions counselor. Mullins was instrumental in establishing the PASSPORT Transfer programs with Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College. During her tenure, she has served on various committees including the student transition committee, the student transfer advisory committee, and she is currently the Phi Theta Kappa coordinator. Mullins is also very involved in the church choir at Christian Tabernacle. One nomination said "Stephanie is there to advise and guide the students through the admissions process and is wonderful with the older students as she helps them feel at ease after years of being away from the academic world. She is willing to lend a hand with any activities going on in the admissions office and gives many hours of her time to the University, always with a smile." Another nomination said "Her experience in financial aid and admissions is an invaluable resource for the transfer students that she helps through the admissions process."