Professor David Strickland was recently nominated for the leading national award for student success curricular development and program management sponsored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition located at the University of South Carolina. The award recognizes outstanding work with first-year students and his nomination attests to the respect and admiration that Professor Strickland has gained “while working in creative ways to enhance the academic success of first-year students”. Professor Strickland was a runner up for the award and is included on the “honor roll” of practitioners in the field. He will be recognized for his nomination during the 34th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Dallas, Texas, February 7-10, 2015.
Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the Social Sciences, commends the nomination of Professor Strickland, noting that "Strickland's scholarship in the field of student success and enhancement has now received the national recognition it deserves. East Georgia State College is blessed to be the recipient of his diligent academic labors on a daily basis--and not only has he received this high honor, he continues to serve our students and insure their academic success by engaging in research to advance his work."
Professor Strickland is Director of the Student Success Program and an Associate Professor of Sociology at East Georgia State College (EGSC). He is co-author of a freshman orientation course textbook at EGSC: College Success: A Concise Practical Guide (formerly Student Success), now going into its seventh edition. The first year experience textbook has been adopted at over 25 institutions in over 20 states and an adoption in Nigeria, Africa. He is also co-author of an introductory sociology textbook (My Sociology, now in its second edition). He has been a pioneer in the area of online instruction and served as co-author for the e-Core version of Introduction to Sociology, which has been used by the University of Georgia throughout its thirty-four institutions. In addition to writing, Professor Strickland has taught college courses full time for more than nineteen years. Regarding the topic of orientation to college, Professor Strickland credits some of his insights to the fact that he—like a large number of his students—was a first-generation college graduate.