SMC Professor Receives Exemplary Teaching Award
As you can guess from his title, Dr. Adam Siegfried, professor of chemistry, chairperson of science and health, and the associate of science program coordinator, has a lot of responsibilities at Spartanburg Methodist College. But he never lets his administrative duties interfere with his dedication to his students. His fellow faculty members recognize and admire his dedication, which is why they selected Siegfried as the 2020 recipient of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM) Exemplary Teaching Award. The award is given to a SMC faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching, civility, and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, institution, and the community.
“Dr. Siegfried is the epitome of hard work and dedication. He often is the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. Despite his administrative and teaching responsibilities, he always finds the time to answer questions and offer advice and guidance as needed, for both his colleagues and his students,” says Dr. Kim Duckett, professor of biology. “I truly appreciate his leadership of our department and for helping to make my transition seamless as a new faculty member at SMC. I am thrilled that Dr. Siegfried is the recipient of this year’s GBHEM Exemplary Teaching Award as he is certainly deserving of it.”
This year marks Siegfried’s fifth year at SMC, where in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served as a student advisor, a mentor to research students, a member of numerous faculty committees, and continued to conduct his own research in the field of chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. and his Master of Science in chemistry from Clemson University and his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Coker College.
Along with the award, Siegfried will receive an $500 stipend.