Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, associate professor in the College of Education at Troy University’s Covington, Ga., site, has been awarded the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dr. Rosser-Mims, who joined the TROY faculty first as an adjunct professor in 2005 and then as a full-time faculty member in 2007, was presented the award by Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University’s annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Friday at the Troy Campus.
The award consists of a $1,500 cash prize and medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.
Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand, Dean of TROY’s College of Education, said Dr. Rosser-Mims’ commitment to students fits with TROY’s student-centered philosophy.
“Dr. Rosser-Mims is a highly respected faculty member among her peers and works very hard to represent Troy University with integrity,” Dr. Hildebrand said. “She does not hesitate to serve both faculty and students in her capacity as faculty and leader. Students appreciate Dr. Rosser-Mims’ assistance with any situation and her commitment to present a solution.”
Dr. Barbara Toner, lecturer in psychology at the Covington Site, said Dr. Rosser-Mims’ work ethic and dedication truly exemplify the qualities represented through the Malone Award.
“Dr. Rosser-Mims demonstrates her commitment to Troy University not only through her continuous scholarly productivity but also through her willingness to step into the breach when needed such as serving as interim director of the TROY Atlanta Site and, currently, serving as Interim Associate Director of Academics for TROY’s Southeast Region,” Dr. Toner said. “TROY’s innovative Parent Degree Program, a part of the University’s outreach program, manifests both Dr. Rosser-Mims’ visionary skill and her mentoring philosophy.”
“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award,” Dr. Rosser-Mims said. “As a proud member of the Troy University faculty, I look forward to continuing to support the institution’s mission to develop and foster the growth of future leaders.”
Dr. Rosser-Mims teaches graduate level courses in post-secondary and adult education. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, she served as Leadership Development Associate for the Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia and research coordinator at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. In addition, she served as chief executive officer of Team One Associates, which provides training and facilitation services for community-based and for-profit organizations in the areas of team-building, group dynamics, leadership assessments, conflict management, communication, board development, strategic planning and experiential learning.
Dr. Rosser-Mims received the Troy University Global Campus World Class Leader Award in 2010, the Global Campus Hector Award in 2008, the Piedmont College Pace Setter Award in 2006 and the Piedmont College Alumni Award in 1999. She authored the book, How and Why Black Women are Elected to Political Office: A Narrative Analysis of Nine Cases in the State of Georgia, and co-edited the forthcoming sourcebook, African American Males in Adult Education: Pathways to Work and Higher Education. She has published in scholarly journals such as “Advancing Women in Leadership Journal” and “Adult Education Quarterly.”
Dr. Rosser-Mims has also presented at numerous international and national conferences, including the Adult Education Research Conference, the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference and the annual International Leadership Association Global Conference.
Dr. Rosser-Mims holds a doctorate in adult education and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, psychology and sociology from Piedmont College.