Kinesiology professor wins award for leadership

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Hannah Bennett, professor of kinesiology, was recently presented with a Value of Leadership award by second-year students at Augusta University at the Half-Way There Celebration on April 11.

Leadership is one of several values held dear by Augusta University. The university defines leadership as qualities reflected in courage, honor, professionalism, transparency and vision. Second-year students promote leadership as their value. The other values are collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity and integrity

Bennett was nominated anonymously by one of her second year students.

“Dr. Hannah Bennett carries herself like a leader. She is very excited and peppy in the classroom and is a strong influencer to work hard,” the student said.

Dr. Elizabeth Huggins, director of first and second year experiences, started this awards program as a way for students to honor their professors in their first two years of school.

“Professors said to me that this award means more than recognition from a department chair or dean, because it comes from their students,” Huggins said.

In a student’s first two years, it is easy to not feel connected with your professors. However, Bennett makes it a point to get to know her students and influence them on a personal level.

“I think it means more coming from the students because to me it represents that I’m doing the right things for them, and that’s why we’re here as teachers, to be here for students,” Bennett said. “It’s always great to be recognized by your dean or department chair. However, when it comes from people that you’re actually impacting, it’s like this feeling of where you’re supposed to be.

For most professors, gratification comes at the end of a student’s career. These awards allow for the professors of underclassmen to see the impact they are having during the early years of higher education.

Bennett taught gender and sexuality in health for underclassmen, sport and exercise psychology, and also teaches an intro to kinesiology class.

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