TROY - Ellis M. Bush, Jr., instructor of leadership studies in Troy University's Institute for Leadership Development, is the recipient of the University's 2015 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.
Bush 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.
"Receiving the Ingalls Award is special because it comes from the students," Bush said. "My favorite part of the job is being in the classroom with the students. I love the discussion and debate. I love the 'aha moments' when you can see in a student's eyes or smile that they 'get it.' I tell my students that I don't teach for information exchange, I teach for life change. My goal and purpose is to change their lives for the better."
Bush holds a Master of Business Administration from Penn State University and a bachelor's degree from Messiah College. In addition to teaching at TROY, Bush has previously taught at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Messiah College and Eastern College.
An ordained minister, Bush served as college pastor at Troy's Bush Memorial Baptist Church from 2002 to 2011. He also has previously served as a marketing representative for IBM and a corporate trainer for Microsoft Office Training.
At TROY, Bush teaches Freshman Honors Colloquium, Introduction to Leadership, and Leadership Theory. In addition to his work in the classroom, he serves as advisor to student organizations such as Baptist Campus Ministries, Stella's Voice and the Swing Dance Club.
Ellis Bush, instructor in Troy University's Institute for Leadership Development, receives the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor (left), and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University's annual Honors Convocation. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.