Dr. Paul Cerpovicz, associate professor of Chemistry at East Georgia State College, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for faculty in two-year and state colleges. The vote was unanimous among the panel of faculty and administrators on the review committee from across the University System of Georgia to present the award to Dr. Cerpovicz.
Dr. Cerpovicz received his BS in Biology in 1986 from Westfield State College in Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kansas State University in 1991. He has been teaching since 1995, and in 2002 joined the faculty at East Georgia State College. Over the years he has primarily taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Integrated Science, and Science in Society, as well as mentored students in undergraduate research related to applied chemistry. In addition, Dr. Cerpovicz has been actively involved in community science outreach activities with elementary, middle, and high school students.
Dr. Tim Goodman, vice president for academic affairs at EGSC, commented, “Dr. Cerpovicz’ enthusiasm for chemistry, education, and quality instruction is contagious. We see it in his students and in the faculty with whom he interacts. It is apparent on his student evaluations and in his reputation with faculty. Students in his classes talk about how he cares about them and their issues and how he takes time with them. They talk about the experiences they gain from his classes and how those experiences will be valuable later on in their academic career.”