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Regent University Honors Excellent Faculty Members

Several Regent University faculty members were honored earlier in May for their service to their students and the excellence they exhibit in their classrooms.

Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for academic affairs, presented the Spring 2016 Faculty Excellence Awards at the quarterly all-staff meeting. Twice each year, Regent faculty are recognized for their outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.


Associate professor Kathleen McKee from the School of Law received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of teaching. Moreno-Riaño noted that McKee holds her students accountable to master their material and the skills they need when they enter the field of law.

“She is a vital contributor to the curriculum due to the time-intensive, clinical courses she teaches,” said Moreno-Riaño. “Professor McKee's teaching produces students who posses strong analytical and writing skills, and she works tirelessly to accommodate students…including providing intensive one-on-one sessions with students in an already demanding skills context.”

Dr. Young Choi, associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of scholarship. Moreno-Riaño said that since Choi came to Regent in 2010, he’s published more than 20 academic articles on the topics of information systems and networking. He’s also presented at numerous conferences around the world.

“Dr. Choi is a scholar himself,” said Moreno-Riaño. “And, he is a mentor of scholars, choosing to spend significant time researching and publishing with students.”

School of Psychology & Counseling lecturer Dr. Merrill Reese received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. As co-director for Regent’s Center for Trauma Studies, Reese has had the opportunity to provide training and counsel to students at an international capacity.

“Dr. Reese has been essential to the training and development of students to work in a variety of locations and situations where people have been traumatized due to natural or humanly cause disasters,” said Moreno-Riaño.

Moreno-Riaño also announced professors awarded initial tenure, continued tenure; or who have been promoted to positions such as senior lecturer, principal lecturer and professor emeritus. Learn more about faculty promotions.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law, School of Divinity, and School of Psychology & Counseling.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs

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