Busby, Babcock Receive Teaching Excellence Awards

November 6, 2020

Leah Busby
Leah Busby receives the Professional Excellence Award from Faculty Senate President George Scarborough, President Johnson, and Provost/EVP Elmore

Two LSCO faculty members were recognized by their peers for their efforts in the classroom.

Leah Busby was honored with the Professional Excellence Award and Dorraine Babcock was honored with the President’s Faculty Merit Award.

Busby, who is the Program Director for Business, and Babcock, who recently retired from the college’s Education program, were presented their awards by Faculty Senate President, George Scarborough, LSCO President, Dr. Thomas Johnson, and LSCO Provost/EVP, Dr. Wendy Elmore.

Elmore said the LSCO faculty makes nominations for the awards in the spring and the winners are chosen by a faculty-vote.

“It’s a very prestigious honor,” she said to the honorees. “It takes a lot to be recognized by your peers and they’ve identified outstanding qualities and attributes of you as a faculty member among them.”

The Professional Excellence Award focuses on involvement in activities that promote professional growth, including publishing, presenting, undertaking special studies and attending professional meetings.

Dorraine Babcock
Dorraine Babcock receives the President’s Faculty Merit Award from Faculty Senate President George Scarborough, President Johnson, and Provost/EVP Elmore

The President's Merit Service Award focuses on leadership and service at LSCO and service to the community as a representative of LSCO, such as committee work, and special work with students or the community.

Babcock, who retired in August after teaching for 50 years, said knowing the award was voted on by faculty peers made it that much more special.


Johnson said the best kind of award comes from being chosen by a group of peers.

“No doubt about it – it’s got to feel great,” he said.

Johnson called Busby a “trailblazer” and said she’s “knocked it out of the park” leading the Business program.

“This is the end result of your work – people recognize it,” he said.

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