MSU, Alumni Association award faculty for exemplary performance

Three esteemed faculty members earned special recognition from the Alumni Association, as part of the university’s 2016 Faculty Awards and Recognition Program.

Kimberly C. Kelly was awarded the Alumni Association’s Graduate Teaching Excellence Award. Part of the university family since 2009, she is known for her passion and the support she shows her students. She is a great asset to the Department of Sociology as an associate professor and has made quite an impression on her peers within the department.

Veera Gnaneswar Gude added the Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award to the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor award he earned last year. He joined the Mississippi State faculty in 2012, and has become a valuable resource to the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. His commitment and teaching abilities help his students excel in their studies.

Brian S. Baldwin, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, not only received praise from his peers but from many of his students as well. He was honored for the encouragement he shows his students. As a professor for the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, he shows great passion and integrity. Most importantly, however, Baldwin proves to be a friend and a caring mentor to each of his students.

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. During the annual university awards program, additional faculty and staff were honored by Mississippi State:

Richard L. Brown and Alan I. Marcus formally were named William L. Giles Distinguished Professors;

Academic coordinator Krystle M. Dixon of the Adkerson School of Accountancy received the Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Staff Award;

Associate professor Lesley J. Strawderman of industrial and systems engineering received the Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Faculty Award; and

Associate professor of English Kelly A. Marsh officially was designated a John Grisham Master Teacher, the tribute to classroom instruction excellence named for the MSU alumnus and internationally recognized author.

2016 MSU Alumni Association faculty award recipients (from L-R) Libba Andrews, Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Kimberly C. Kelly and Brian S. Baldwin.


Executive associate vice president Julia Hodges (left) presented awards to honorees (from L-R) Alan I. Marcus, Krystle M. Dixon, Kelly A. Marsh, Lesley J. Strawderman and Richard L. Brown.