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Recognizing Faculty, Staff & Students for Outstanding Achievement

Walking through Coastal Carolina University's exquisite campus, one may become too entranced by its forested beauty to recognize the amazing community of faculty, staff and students that continue to uphold the school's latin motto, Ex Libertate Veritas – From Liberty, Truth.  Every group at Coastal is special.  Our faculty go the extra mile to ensure that students are capable professionals; students take initiative to gain practical skillsets and achieve academic prestige. Our staff members are the buttresses of the university, augmenting it for future generations. Without these three key groups, Coastal would not be the thriving university that it is. This page has been designed to recognize our wonderful Coastal community, and ensure that its achievements are known.

2022 Faculty Innovation and Excellence Awards

The Faculty Innovation and Excellence Awards highlight accomplishments across all areas of university life, spanning teaching excellence and innovation; research, scholarly, and creative accomplishments; and outreach and service, to celebrate the distinctive manifestations of our teacher-scholar model.


The Teaching Innovation and Excellence Awards recognize faculty members who have achieved excellence in undergraduate teaching. This year’s awardees are:

  • Kathy Fazekas Englehardt, Teaching Associate, in the Department of Philosophy 
  • Matthew McDonoughSenior Lecturer, in the Department of History,
  • Jennifer SchlosserAssistant Professor, in the Department of Sociology
  • Elizabeth BaltesAssociate Professor, in the Department of Visual Arts

The Graduate Teaching Award is awarded annually to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to graduate education. This year’s awardee is:

  • Tiffany Hollis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Foundations, Curriculum, and Instruction

The Student Success Award winner is given to a faculty member who has worked to support student academic success, as evidenced by improved student performance, persistence, and outcomes. This year’s recipient is:

  • Nyeita Irish, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Inclusive Pedagogy awardees are faculty members who have adopted inclusive teaching practices to create equitable learning environments.  This year’s awardees are:

  • Amanda Masterpaul, Lecturer, from Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Eric Schultz, Assistant Professor of Music in Woodwinds, in the Department of Music
  • Tripthi Pillai, Associate Professor of English

The Research Excellence Award is given to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in research, scholarly, or creative activity that advance a body of disciplinary or interdisciplinary knowledge.  This year’s awardees are:

  • Hongxia Wang, Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Economics
  • Sara Rich, Assistant Professor, HTC Honors College
  • Ina Seethaler, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies

The winner of the award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is

  • Clayton Whitesides, Associate Professor, in the Department of Anthropology and Geography

The Public Engagement, Outreach, and Service Award is granted to faculty who have made outstanding professional contributions in the form of public or community scholarly engagement or outreach, and/or service to the community.  Our joint awardees are:

  • Sara Brallier, ProfessorDepartment of Sociology
  • Stephanie Southworth, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

The University Service Award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the life of the university.  Our awardees are:

  • Fredanna McGough, Chair of the Department of Health Sciences
  • Paul Richardson, Chair of the Department of Chemistry


Congratulations to all our awardees!


Faculty Recognition

Special Awards from the Honors Convocation

Recognizing Our Incredible Students

Honors Convocation »

CCU's student body is capable of amazing feats. Accordingly, we have designated a myriad of success programs to enable students to achieve their goals, expand their professional portfolios, and become capable leaders both during and after their time at Coastal. For more information, see our student success page.