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Motlow announces faculty excellence awards
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Gregg Garrison, associate professor of biology and full-time faculty member, and Jean Williams, adjunct professor of psychology and sociology, were awarded the 2014-2015 Motlow College Foundation’s Faculty Excellence Awards during a recent ceremony in the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus.
Nominees were selected by a committee comprised of Motlow College faculty and staff.
Originally from Nashville, Garrison attended MTSU where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology. Before joining the Motlow family in 2003, Garrison served as a medical corpsman for the United States Navy and Marine Corp and also worked for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as an interpretive specialist.
Now a full-time faculty member at Motlow, Garrison’s subjects include anatomy, physiology, microbiology and genetics. He is the lead advisor for the Motlow Alpha Xi Pi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, and also serves as the Tennessee regional coordinator for PTK and oversees 14 chapters across the state.
Outside of the college, Garrison enjoys spending time with his wife Theresa and two children, Kyra and Vincent. He enjoys teaching martial arts, camping, hiking, cycling and kayaking.
Williams graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1976 and was dually enrolled at Vanderbilt University, where she received a graduate degree in 1978. She has completed post-graduate work from MTSU, TTU and Oxford University.
Williams joined Motlow’s staff as a librarian in 1980 and eventually reached the level of associate dean of administration. After 13 years serving as a member of the staff and administration, she joined the Motlow faculty in 1993.
Outside of teaching, Williams enjoys volunteering, and in 2009 she retired from Motlow and volunteered in India for three years. In 2010, she became a board member of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institution, which supports a school in Kolhapur, India. She also served as the director of Avani School in Kolhapur after being invited by members of the Gandhi family.
Williams returned home in 2011 to take care of elderly family members and began teaching again at Motlow soon after her return.