MSU Alumni Association awards exemplary faculty

The Mississippi State University Alumni Association recognized three faculty members in April as part of the university’s 2015 Faculty Awards and Recognition Program.

Two faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences were selected for awards. Jared W. Keeley of the Department of Psychology received the Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award, and Lindsey P. Peterson of the Department of Sociology was presented the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award. Rounding out the honorees was V. Gnaneswar Gude of the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award.

An assistant professor, Keeley is known for investing in his students and inspiring them to become successful MSU graduates. He came to MSU six years ago after earning his doctorate at Auburn University. While at MSU, he has been honored with a State Pride Faculty Award and the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award. Among his greatest accomplishments, Keeley includes the praises he has received from his students and colleagues in his department.

Peterson, an assistant professor of sociology, was recognized for her outstanding teaching methods and dedication to MSU. She has made a career of helping individuals succeed in the social world. By emphasizing the importance of keeping instructional materials current and always trying new techniques, Peterson ensures that her students are prepared for life after graduation. She came to MSU in 2011 after receiving her doctorate at The Ohio State University.

Gude has impressed his students and colleagues with the motivation and pride he takes in his work as an academic adviser, part of his role as an assistant professor in the Bagley College. He encourages his students, and his positive influence supports their growth and professionalism. Gude’s impact reaches far beyond the classroom, and several students attributed his assistance as influential in their lives. He has been a faculty member since 2012 after he received his doctoral degree from New Mexico State University.

The Alumni Association is honored to partner with the university to recognize meritorious teachers and researchers for the impact they make on students each day.


L-R: Keeley, Gude, and Peterson with Jeff Davis, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association