Augusta, Ga.- Awards for excellence in service, research, and teaching were presented to three members of Augusta State University’s faculty during the annual Retirement and Employee Recognition Ceremony on May 3.
President William A. Bloodworth, Jr. received the Richard S. Wallace Distinguished Service Award; Wendy Turner, professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy, received the Louis K. Bell Research Award; and Linda Crawford, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, received the Outstanding Teaching Award.
During Dr. Bloodworth’s tenure, he spearheaded over $103 million in new construction and renovations that have enhanced the learning environment for ASU students. He has overseen the transition from a college to a state university, the development of new programs, new program accreditations, and an entry into online class offerings, while keeping the needs and opportunities of ASU’s students, challenges, and mission in mind.
An active member of the community, he has served on many local civic boards, including the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, CSRA Business Lending, Communities in Schools, and the chamber. Bloodworth has served as president of the Peach Belt Conference and the Georgia Association of Colleges as well as the national president of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
He previously received the Lester S. Moody Award of Excellence, the Leadership Augusta’s Community Service Award, and the ASU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He also was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater, Texas Lutheran University.
Turner joined the ASU faculty in 2001. Turner’s specialization in Medieval England History has brought her nationwide attention, as she has presented at numerous colleges in the United States. One of those presentations was in fall 2010 when she spoke before Cornell University on The Mentally Disabled in Medieval England, after having received the Quodlibet Scholar Award.
Turner extensively writes literary works about medieval history. She is a contributing writer for multiple books including, The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe, Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays, and The Hundred Years War, Part II: Different Vistas.
Turner received her bachelor and master degrees in history from California State University Sacramento and her doctorate in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In 1988, Crawford began her tenure at ASU as a math instructor. Her area of expertise is in teacher training and teaching mathematics courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. She also is a two-time recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award.
Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, a master’s degree from ASU, and a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.
For more information, call Tunisia Williams, assistant director in ASU’s Office of Public Relations and Publications, at 706-737-1877.