West Receives 2022 Lee University Excellence In Teaching Award

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - by Merritt Jenkins, Lee University
Dr. Lori West is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award, considered to be the highest of Lee University’s faculty excellence awards.
Dr. Lori West is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award, considered to be the highest of Lee University’s faculty excellence awards.

Dr. Lori West, professor of biology and assistant chair in the Department of Natural Sciences, has been selected as the winner of Lee University’s 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award. Lee President Dr. Mark L. Walker recognized Dr. West for this honor during spring commencement.

The Excellence Awards are the highest honors presented to Lee faculty members and recognize advising, scholarship, and teaching. The Excellence in Teaching is the oldest award and considered to be superior among the three. The winner of this award is chosen by a special committee which includes representatives of six different academic departments.

“Teaching excellence is one of the highest honors a Lee University faculty member can receive, because it is what we value most from our faculty,” said Dr. Walker. “Dr. Lori West has demonstrated that value at the highest level. She is well-deserving of this recognition.”

Dr. West joined Lee’s faculty in 2006 and teaches courses in molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics, among others. She has served as program director for four recently-funded Tennessee Higher Education Committee (THEC) grants and as a mentor for many student research projects at Lee. Dr. West has served on multiple committees, including serving as the chair of the Faculty Council. She is also the faculty sponsor of the Women’s Track and Field Team. In 2017, West was the recipient of the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Dr. West coordinated the annual local Science Olympiad tournaments for three years, a competition for middle and high school students, and will continue to assist in the future. Prior to her arrival at Lee, Dr. West conducted post-doctoral research in the nutrition department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as a visiting lecturer at Maryville College.

“I have the pleasure of teaching alongside outstanding faculty,” said Dr. West. “I am very honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.”


GNTC Student Places 5th In PBL National Competition

Cempa Community Care, City Of Chattanooga, And The Lighthouse Collective Present No Smoke Sundays For Middle And High Schoolers

Tech Goes Home Offers New Work Ready And Teacher Training Course Options, Applications Open For July


A Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student has placed fifth in thenation for Small Business Management Plan at a national competition. Aixa Rodriguez, who was born and raised ... (click for more)

The Lighthouse Collective is set to host No Smoke Sundays events for middle and high school students, every Sunday in July, from 6-8 p.m. at Miller Park. No Smoke Sundays will provide an ... (click for more)

Anyone in Hamilton County looking to improve their office technology skills for job readiness can benefit from free courses through Tech Goes Home – including the option to get a new device for ... (click for more)



Student Scene

GNTC Student Places 5th In PBL National Competition

A Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student has placed fifth in thenation for Small Business Management Plan at a national competition. Aixa Rodriguez, who was born and raised in Chicago, was among three GNTC students whose placement in their competitions earlier this year at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Competition in Atlanta qualified them to compete in the ... (click for more)

Cempa Community Care, City Of Chattanooga, And The Lighthouse Collective Present No Smoke Sundays For Middle And High Schoolers

The Lighthouse Collective is set to host No Smoke Sundays events for middle and high school students, every Sunday in July, from 6-8 p.m. at Miller Park. No Smoke Sundays will provide an alternative, safe gathering event, for youth to have activities during some of the peak times of gun violence in the city. There will be fun and engaging activities for middle and high school ... (click for more)

Breaking News

EPA Awarding Brownfield Grant At Site Of Planned Lookouts Stadium

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe on Wednesday is set to present the city of Chattanooga with Brownfield program cleanup and assessment grants at the site of a planned new $79.5 million stadium to be used by the Lookouts. The press conference will be at the U.S. Pipe/Wheland site. The grant is "to help spur economic revitalization ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Couple Describes Frightening Home Invasion

A Chattanooga couple on Friday morning described a frightening home invasion that a Memphis pair are accused of committing. Charges were bound to the Grand Jury against Darion Merriweather and William Edward Farmer IV. Judge Gerald Webb increased the bond for their aggravated burglary charges to $75,000. Farmer and Merriweather are facing two counts of kidnapping, aggravated ... (click for more)

Opinion

22 Questions And Concerns About A New $79.5 Million Lookouts Stadium

The proposal for the Lookouts stadium brings forth several questions that I have not gotten good answers yet from anyone. 1. If the 10 acres Gary Chazen is donating is worth $10,000,000, why doesn’t he and his partners just sell the 140 acres and go to the bank with over $100,000,000? 2. There has been over a billion dollars of new construction in downtown Chattanooga ... (click for more)

New Stadium Does Not Pass The Smell Test - And Response

I can't find any logical reasons that the new Lookout stadium is being placed where it is other than to think it's a combination of favoritism and eliminating an eyesore. All statistics point to an illogical decision coupled with questionable tax breaks/support. Lookouts average attendance in 2018 (all that I could quickly find) was 3,206 per game and ranked 74th among ... (click for more)