“Michele Olson is an amazing woman.  From an exercise point of view, she doesn’t just give you exercises, she explains them to you. It’s so much more enjoyable and gratifying to know exactly why you are doing what you are doing.” - Virginia Whitfield of 2012 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner
Michele Olson
Outreach Expertise

Auburn Montgomery Outreach Awards

Each year the Vice Chancellor for Outreach & Strategic Initiatives offers members of Auburn Montgomery's faculty and staff the opportunity to apply for funding through awards created to recognize and advance outstanding faculty research and other scholarly activity that positively impacts the community. 

Each year University Outreach announces an application period for the Auburn Montgomery Outreach Grant awards and a nomination period for the Auburn Montgomery Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award. The Outreach Grant is available to encourage Auburn Montgomery faculty and staff to develop and implement programs of outreach to people in the community. Applications are reviewed by a committee of Auburn Montgomery faculty and Outreach consultants, and one or more grants may be awarded annually. 

The Auburn Montgomery Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award is presented to one exceptional AUM faculty member in recognition of that individual’s distinguished outreach contributions. A $5,000 honorarium is presented with the award. Nominations are reviewed by a committee of Auburn Montgomery faculty and Outreach consultants to identify a worthy candidate to receive the award. All academic deans and department heads are encouraged to nominate faculty who meet the criteria and would be considered a good candidate for this award. Past winners are featured on a plaque in the Office of University Outreach and include:

2013 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner Lee Farrow
Lee Farrow, 2013 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner
Associate Dean and Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts

Farrow serves the School of Liberal Arts as associate dean and associate professor. She joined the Department of History in the fall of 1999 and is both the AUM College Bowl Coach and the faculty advisor for the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta. Farrow is a published author, whose first book, Between Clan and Crown: The Struggle to Define Noble Property Rights in Imperial Russia, was published by University of Delaware Press in 2005. A native of Louisiana, Farrow spent a number of years in New Orleans where she earned her degrees in Russian History.
Michele Olson
Michele Olson, 2012 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner
Professor, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Olson is a professor of physical education and exercise science in the School of Education. Her expertise is in the area of energy cost, body image, and validation of secular exercise activities. Dr. Olson's research and service to the discipline of exercise science has rendered her the title of Distinguished Research Professor and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Henry N. Williford
Hank Williford, 2011 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner
Professor and Department Head, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Williford is a faculty member and Department Head in the Department of Physical Education & Exercise Science. His area of study relates to research methods and measurement and evaluation. He has conducted and published numerous research articles related to exercise science, education, and human performance. Dr. Williford is also the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory.
Nancy G. Anderson
Nancy Anderson, 2011 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner
Associate Professor, English and Philosophy

A native of Mississippi, Anderson lived and taught in Mississippi, Virginia, California, Germany, and South Carolina before settling in Montgomery. At AUM, she has served as Director of Composition and taught courses in writing, research, literature (American, Southern, English), and editing. She has published works about Lella Warren, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, Richard Marius, and Clifton Taulbert. With Blair Gaines, she directed publications by AUM students on Montgomery's street names and the historical markers in Montgomery County. Anderson created the partnership with Clifton Taulbert and directs the activities of that partnership -- Actions Build Community: The AUM-Taulbert Initiative.
Carolyn Thomas
Carolyn Thomas, 2010 Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award winner*
Professor and Coordinator of Counselor Education, Counselor, Leadership & Special Education

Thomas is Professor and Coordinator of Counselor Education. Her counseling and research interests include group counseling, career development, supervision, adult development and aging, and working with victims of family abuse. She is a licensed counselor, marriage and family therapist, and social worker, as well as a certified counselor supervisor. She has been a counselor educator for 36 years and is a Fellow in both the Association for Specialists in Group Work and the National Career Development Association.

*Thomas is the winner of the inaugural Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award.