February 21, 2024

SEC Honors Outstanding Educators with Faculty Achievement Awards

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Representing the pinnacle of scholarly achievement, the Southeastern Conference announced the recipients of the 2024 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards.

The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards highlight the vital role educators play in advancing the mission of the SEC and its institutions, as well as their dedication to fostering academic excellence through teaching, innovation and service.

“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards provide an annual opportunity to recognize and encourage the work of outstanding faculty members on our campuses,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Although we honor 14 individuals for their contributions, we know they are representative of all SEC faculty.”

First presented in 2012 and selected by the SEC provosts, these awards honor one individual from each SEC member university who has excelled in teaching, research and service. With their selection, each winner will become their campus nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award, which will be announced later in the spring.

The 2024 SEC Faculty Achievement Award Winners include:

  • University of Alabama: Dr. Claire Major, Professor of Higher Education Administration
  • University of Arkansas: Dr. Mary C. Lacity, David D. Glass Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Systems
  • Auburn University: Dr. Frank F. Bartol, Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
  • University of Florida: Dr. Kristen Stoner, Professor of Flute
  • University of Georgia: Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Regents Professor and Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • University of Kentucky: Dr. Sherali Zeadally, University Research Professor & University of Kentucky Alumni Association Endowed Professor, Information Communication Technology
  • Louisiana State University: Dr. Kenneth J. Schafer, Boyd Professor of Physics
  • University of Mississippi: Dr. Michael E. Hall, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine and Patrick H. Lehan Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Mississippi State University: Dr. Mark Lawrence, Professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Director of Global Center for Aquatic Food/Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish
  • University of Missouri: Dr. Jay Sexton, Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair of Constitutional Democracy, Professor of History, and Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
  • University of South Carolina: Dr. Tammi Richardson, Professor of Biological Sciences
  • University of Tennessee: Dr. Elbio Dagotto, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Texas A&M University: Dr. Leonard L. Berry, University Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Regents Professor, and M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership
  • Vanderbilt University: Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Professor of Fine Arts and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts


Since 2011, the Southeastern Conference has supported the missions of its member universities through a variety of programs and activities. Learn more at TheSECU.com.