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Pombo receives Southern States Communication Association’s Outstanding Young Educator Award

Monica Pombo and Dwight Freshley.jpgBOONE—Dr. Monica Pombo, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication, has received the Dwight L. Freshley Outstanding Young Educator Award presented by the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA).

The award recognizes a professor who has been teaching between two and five years and has been outstanding in their teaching efforts. The SSCA judges select recepients based on their end- of-year student evaluations and teaching philosophy.

Dr. Monica Pombo and Dwight L. Freshley.jpgDr. Monica Pombo, left, has received the Dwight L. Freshley Outstanding Young Educator Award presented by the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). Pombo is an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication. Dwight L. Freshly, right, is a professor emeritus from the University of Georgia. (photo submitted)

The award was presented April 15 at the Southern States Conference in Savannah, Ga., by its namesake Dr. Dwight L. Freshley. Freshley is a professor emeritus from the University of Georgia where he taught for more than 35 years. He served as department chair for a number of years and was a mentor to many master’s degree and doctoral students while at UGA, including three faculty members from Appalachian.

“I have heard a lot of positive comments about her teaching,” said Dr. Jean Dehart who, along with fellow communication professor Terry Cole, nominated Pombo. “She is very committed to her students.”

“You think you are doing a good job, and your students think you are doing a good job, but it’s an honor when your colleagues validate your work,” Pombo said.

“What is great about this award is that it comes from the larger community of communication educators and scholars in recognition of her excellence,” said Dr. Janice Pope, interim chair of Appalachian’s Department of Communication. “We are proud of her for receiving this well-deserved honor.”

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