March 16, 1998
98-132

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Plumly wins in 1998 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards

A Valdosta State University educator has earned high praise from his colleagues across the state.

Dr. Wayne Plumly, a VSU professor of marketing and economics, was recently selected as a faculty winner in the 1998 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. Plumly is the winner of the faculty award for regional and state universities within Georgia. He will be honored at an awards ceremony in May.

A Valdosta State professor since 1980, Plumly was recognized for his contributions to his profession, his commitment to teaching and learning and his continuing efforts to learn and grow as a teacher.

"As teachers, we influence so much more than we ever realize," Plumly said. "In the past, I taught as I was taught. I now teach passionately with the desire to create processes that enable students to learn for themselves both in and out of the classroom, for that is the only way that they will truly learn."

Plumly is actively involved in the VSU community, serving as a mentor for College of Business Administration faculty preparing teaching portfolios; teaching the Post Secondary Option economics course over VSU's interactive distance learning network; and serving as a faculty adviser for VSU's chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).

"Wayne is a really exciting teacher," said Dr. Kenneth Stanley, dean of VSU's College of Business Administration. "He personifies all the attributes we associate with good and effective education. In my mind, this is a long overdue reward for an outstanding educator. Since VSU's primary mission involves teaching, we can all take a special pride in the recognition of Wayne's commitment to teaching excellence."

Plumly was also the first recipient of the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Council Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994.

Plumly graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1975 with a B.A. in Economics, from Georgia State University in 1978 with a M.A. in Economics and from GSU in 1983 with a Ph.D. in Economics.