Student and Faculty Awards
University of Memphis Student Award Winners:
Student of the Year Award from the Tennessee Association on Higher Education and Disability
2012: Brittany Carter
2010: Kristy Millican
DRS Outstanding Faculty Award, the "See Me" Award:
University of Memphis faculty member Dr. Sandra Sarkela, Associate Professor of Communication, in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, is the recipient of the 2014 DRS Outstanding Faculty Award.
The "See Me" Award honors a University of Memphis faculty member who has been nominated by a student with a disability who is registered with Disability Resources for Students. Because many people are uncomfortable openly discussing issues of disability, the award is titled the "See Me" Award and the student nominee must write an essay detailing ways that the faculty member has shown understanding of disability and willingness to learn about disability. The student nominator must also give examples of how the faculty member has demonstrated their willingness to assist the student as a learner. Most importantly, the faculty member must show respect in seeing the student and his or her abilities, while acknowledging issues of disability.
Past "See Me" Award recipients:
2013: Dr. Jeff Wilson and Ms. Michelle Bliss
2012: Dr. Sally Ross
2011: Ms. Rachel Martin
2010: Dr. Sarah Clark Miller
2009: Dr. Charles Hall
2008: Dr. Anna Bess Sorin
DRS Staff Awards:
Disability Resources for Students (DRS) and Career Services received the 2011 Robert Greenberg Award for Innovation at the Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) conference in November 2011. Heather Wagner Dannison, Career GA for Disability Resources for Students, and Susan Te Paske, Director of Disability Resources for Students, received the award for creating innovative career programs for students with disabilities at the University of Memphis, in collaboration with Career Services at the University of Memphis.