In 2000, Beth Roberts, PhD, pioneered a graduate degree program at Oglethorpe University. Upon her retirement this spring, she was honored with an award for excellence in teaching.
Roberts was presented with the Vulcan Materials Company Award for Teaching Excellence and Leadership at the university’s commencement ceremony in May 2012. Before retiring in May, she was the Vera A. Milner Professor of Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood Education Program at Oglethorpe.
The award is sponsored by the Vulcan Materials Company and presented annually to a member of the faculty who demonstrates a high level of commitment to teaching, student success, and campus life.
The award was presented by last year's winner, Karen Schmeichel, PhD, assistant professor of biology. During the presentation she commented that Roberts "works proactively, with the perfect combination of daring and grace, to define problems with the clearest of insight and to author the most elegant solutions."
Roberts received her B.A., M.A.T. and Ph.D. from Emory University. She joined Oglethorpe's faculty in 2000, when she pioneered the university's only graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Teaching. She served as the director of the program for the past 11 years.
Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is a leading liberal arts and sciences university which enrolls 1,100 students representing 34 states and 28 countries.