Alicia Powers, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Furman University, has been awarded a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) organization.
SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of its 20 member schools with the teaching awards. Each recipient is given a $3,000 professional development grant and honored at a special dinner.
Powers joined the Furman faculty in 2007. A specialist in nutrition and food systems, she has focused on conducting community-based research by partnering with communities and organizations interested in improving community health. She is collaborating with LiveWell Greenville, a county-wide effort to improve healthier living, and she co-wrote the $1.95 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control for the “LiveWell Greenville Healthy Schools and Out of School Initiative.”
Powers received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition and Food Science from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Systems from the University of Southern Mississippi.
“Dr. Powers’s ability to target professional quality research opportunities in the community and engaging students with those responsibilities creates the perfect blend of scholarship, teaching, and community enrichment for which Furman is known,” said Dr. John Beckford, Furman’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.
Previous Furman winners of the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award are Gil Einstein (Psychology), Elizabeth Smith (Political Science), Brannon Andersen (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Lloyd Benson (History), Scott Henderson (Education), Victoria Turgeon (Biology), Anne Leen (Classics) and Jim Guth (Political Science).