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Distinguished Recipients, 2010-11

Samuel R. Atcherson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department Audiology and Speech Pathology
College of Health Related Professions

Dr. Sam Atcherson received a Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Education in Audiology from the University of Georgia. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis.  In the five years since receiving his doctorate, Dr. Atcherson has distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher and scholar.

Dr. Atcherson describes his teaching philosophy:  

I believe that students need to use all of their senses in learning, and in particular auditory, visual, and somatosensory.  I also believe in teaching students to teach themselves.  I also believe in self-discovery and self-regulated learning….I am always learning, especially in teaching.

Colleagues in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology note Sam Atcherson’s considerable contributions to the students, department, and profession since he joined the department in 2008.  Dr. Atcherson has taught eleven different graduate level courses, mentored eleven students in their Capstone Research Projects, and serves as the academic advisor for approximately fifteen students each year.  One colleague described Sam as “one of those individuals in higher education who are ‘made for’ teaching.”  Students and colleagues cite Sam Atcherson’s compassion, responsiveness, commitment, concern for students, integrity, humility, organizational skills, and use of technology when describing his teaching style.  Dr. Atcherson has taught many difficult courses extremely well as evidenced by his very high student ratings and substantial support from current and former students. 

Samuel R. Atcherson