Columbia professor receives state award

Monday, February 7, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:07 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008

Graham Higgs, psychology professor at Columbia College, is not only the recipient of the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also knows the meaning of campus involvement.

Higgs, who came to Columbia College in 1996, is involved in a variety of academic programs, such as the Psychology Club and the Graduate Council, which creates and enforces policies for the Graduate Studies Program.

Higgs is also a faculty sponsor for Alpha Chi, a national honor society, and the Columbia College chapter of Psi Chi, a national honor society for psychology students.

He is also an adviser for the Fulbright Program, where he aids students with grant applications to support graduate study and research abroad.

“The ultimate goal of a liberal arts education is the creation of a sustainable and vibrant culture,” Higgs said. “Participation in societies that promote scholarship and service is one way that I can demonstrate my support for this goal.”

Being involved with activities such as these is one reason why Higgs was nominated by his peers for the award, but his effective teaching and advising were also taken into consideration.

“I feel honored to have been chosen from among a faculty of outstanding teachers,” Higgs said.

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