Hewit and Jones Recognized for Distinguished Service and Teaching

May 10, 2011

Three awards were established by the Board of Trustees in 2004 in honor of George D. (Class of 1935 ‘85H) and Harriet W. Cornell, whose generosity made the award possible. The awards recognize faculty members for outstanding teaching, research and/or service, and provide each recipient with a stipend.

Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award

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Cornell Distinguished Service Award

Interim Provost Laurie Joyner and Associate Professor of Education Scott Hewit
Photo by David Woods

Interim Provost Laurie Joyner presents the Cornell Distinguished Service Award to Associate Professor of Education Scott Hewit.

This College-wide award recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves and Rollins through outstanding service. This year’s recipient, Associate Professor of Education Scott Hewit has a strong record of service to the College, the local community and the greater world.

Since arriving at Rollins in 1994, he has served on numerous committees and advises a large number of students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. His areas of scholarly expertise include educational foundations, educational policy, service-learning, standards in teacher education and early childhood development. Hewit has been awarded multiple grants and was the recipient of the Hugh McKean Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1998.

In the local community, Hewit has worked closely with elementary schools to improve student learning through the use of technology. A proud member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, he supports their mission by trying to use education to create a more just society that is respectful of human diversity.

Hewit’s dedication to service extends off campus to the larger global community. He has led service trips for Rollins in the Bahamas, where he worked with a group of students who brought computers to the local schools. Last summer, he spent time in Africa, helping to educate teachers and refurbish schools. The highlight of his service mission was the daily 2-mile hike from the orphanage, where he stayed, to the school. Children would see the small group of teachers on their way to school and join the walking caravan, creating a parade of sorts each day. This year, he will return to Africa and hopes to take gently used laptops that have been donated by family and friends.

Hewit’s tireless leadership as an advocate for those less privileged has been an inspiration to his students and colleagues.

Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award

Associate Professor of English Jill Jones and Interim Provost Laurie Joyner
Photo by David Woods

Interim Provost Laurie Joyner presents the Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award to Associate Professor of English Jill Jones.

Rollins values teaching excellence and the Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award honors that excellence by recognizing Rollins faculty who have distinguished themselves and the College through outstanding teaching. This year, the honor was awarded to Associate Professor of English Jill Jones.

Known for her strength as a teacher and her willingness to try new pedagogical techniques, Jones has inspired both students and peers for more than a dozen years at Rollins, where she has taught a variety of courses, including courses in the Department of English as well as in RCC, honors and the Rollins Plan. Her teaching interests include 19th and 20th Century American literature, African American literature, women writers and autobiography. She is the former editor of The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature and participated in the Associated Colleges of the South’s Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop, for which she has also served as a program facilitator.

Her students admire her ability to draw students in to the course material and to get the whole class engaged in a discussion. One student commented on her teaching evaluation, “Dr. Jones is very effective at making even Puritan literature accessible and interesting to students.” By being accepting of student’s opinions, she makes them comfortable and willing to share their perspectives.

Jones’ enthusiasm combined with her demand of academic rigor and integrity continuously inspires her students to challenge themselves and produce their best work.

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