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Dr. Johnson Wins Duffy Award
At the award presentation on April 19, 2013: USCL Academic and Student Affairs Associate Dean Dr. Ron Cox, USC Vice Provost and Executive Dean Dr. Chris Plyler, Dr. Johnson, and USCL Dean Dr. Walt Collins.

Professor Bettie Obi Johnson
Wins Duffy Teaching Award

Dr. Bettie Obi Johnson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at USC Lancaster, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching award, the USC Regional Campuses’ highest teaching recognition. 

Dr. Johnson earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of West Florida and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She began teaching chemistry at USC Lancaster in 2004 as adjunct and then instructor and entered the tenure track as assistant professor in Fall 2006.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications and has presented at several professional conferences including SC Academy of Sciences and the Association of Southeastern Biologists. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and SC Academy of Sciences and is also committed to community service: for five years she has worked with other faculty to coordinate visits to local high schools during National Chemistry Week in October.  She has also worked to help coordinate the Lancaster County School District Science Fair, where she has served as a judge.  On campus, she has served on numerous committees, including assessment, Honors Day, and Academic Success Center.

But the Duffy Award recognizes outstanding teaching, and in this area that she truly excels.  As she noted in her most recent self evaluation, despite her many activities in other areas, she has never lost sight of the fact that teaching is her primary responsibility.  “I am firmly committed,” she writes, “to providing excellent teaching to all my students” in both major and non-major courses.

Teaching evaluation scores illustrate her success in this endeavor, as she consistently earns scores of 4.5 and higher from her students (on a 5.0 scale).  Some selected student comments from course evaluations are:

  • “She goes out of her way to meet with her students to make sure they understand the material. Her worksheets and written homework help a lot. I would recommend her to another student! Very respectful and sweet – one of my favorites.”(CHEM 111 spring 2012)

  • “Great teacher. Always willing to help us during office hours. Always explained the lab and class material very thoroughly.” (CHEM 112 spring 2012)

  • “It has been a pleasure being in Professor Johnson’s class. She has taken time to get to know each one of her students and has helped greatly throughout the entire semester.” (CHEM 107 fall 2012)

  • “You did an excellent job and I felt honored being instructed by you. I don’t normally give perfect evaluations. I’m most happy to have you again next semester. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, Dr. Johnson!” (CHEM 111 fall 2012)

  • “She clearly cares about our success in chemistry and reaching our professional goals. I have taken this course at another university and learned so much more from Dr. Johnson than my previous university instructor. The class size is also great for learning this subject. Thanks!! ☺” (CHEM 333 fall 2012)

Congratulations Dr. Johnson!

 

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