TROY, Ala.—Dr. Amanda K. Andrews Benson, chair of the Department of Athletic Training, is the recipient of the 2011 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Troy University.
Dr. Benson received the award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.
“Dr. Benson’s extensive practical experience enables her to provide excellent supervision and guidance for our students both in the classroom and in a clinical setting,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “That type of quality hands-on experience and instruction is invaluable to our students as they prepare to enter the career field. In addition, her work with regional and national professional organizations provides TROY students with tremendous networking opportunities in both the academic and professional realms.”
Dr. Benson joined Troy University in 2003 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. In 2010, Dr. Benson was selected to participate in the University’s Chancellor’s Fellows Program, which is designed to enable qualified faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University. Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and past service to the University.
Dr. Benson said she was humbled to receive the honor.
“Throughout my education and career I have had excellent mentors, and I have always strived to emulate them both inside and outside the classroom,” Dr. Benson said. “I am fortunate enough to work with outstanding, intelligent, motivated students on a daily basis; so to know that they nominated me for an award of this caliber is extremely humbling.”
An active contributor to the profession of athletic training, Dr. Benson serves as the District IX representative on the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) student committee, the NATA Research and Education Foundation scholarship committee, Planning committee for Student Southeast Athletic Trainers Association and as a national accreditation reviewer. She has also had the opportunity to work with athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and has served on the National Exam Writing Committee.
Dr. Benson earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance with an emphasis in Administration and Teaching in 2003 from the University of Southern Mississippi, her master’s degree in physical education in 2001 from Eastern Kentucky University and her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2000 from State University of New York in Buffalo.