by Claire Miller
Joyce Many, College of Education associate dean for academic programs, was named the 2012 recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award, given annually by Georgia State University’s Center for Instructional Innovation.
The award honors a GSU faculty member who exemplifies the balance between being a teacher and a scholar.
“Throughout my career, I have been passionate about both of these aspects,” Many said. “To be honored in this way validates the way I have shaped my professional life and what I have tried to accomplish.”
Many joined the language and literacy education faculty at GSU in 1994, and served as chair of the Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology (MSIT) before becoming an associate dean. Prior to her time at Georgia State, she served as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and a research scholar at Northern University in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Many has published more than 60 journal articles and authored and contributed to multiple books on reading and literacy education, including “Reader Stance and Literacy Understanding” and the “Handbook of Instructional Practices for Literacy Teacher Educators.” She served as center director for the University System of Georgia Reading Consortium for 10 years and has received multiple awards for her work, including the National Reading Conference Early Career Achievement Award and the COE’s Faculty Research Award.
In addition to her research and scholarship, Many has served as a dissertation chair for more than 35 COE doctoral students and works with current and former students on her publications and presentations. She also works with undergraduate students enrolled in the college’s research internship course, which gives participants the chance to work with COE faculty on their research and gain a better understanding of research methodologies and outcomes.
Many found out in March that she’d won and she said her nomination from Dana Fox, MSIT department chair, meant about as much as the award itself.
“Just to have a respected colleague think so highly of me that she went out of her way to make the nomination was an honor in itself,” she said.
For more information about the award, visit http://www.gsu.edu/cii/awards.html.