Faculty Award Winner Honored for Excellent Classroom Instruction

May 18, 2012

At the start of every quarter, Professor Damaris Garrett inspires her students by reminding them, “You can learn too little, but you can never learn too much.” She continues to incorporate this ideology into the classroom by designing hands-on activities that help students better understand the information they read in the textbook.

In recognition of Professor Garrett’s excellent teaching methods, she was presented with the University’s prestigious Donald R. Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence. Professor Garrett accepted the award at Strayer University’s regional commencement ceremony on May 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Professor Garrett uses the real-world experience she has gained from working in human resources, law and public administration for more than 15 years to teach courses in both human resources and law at the Morrow and Lithonia Campuses in Georgia.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Garrett is the director of human resources for Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia. In this role, she is responsible for hiring, recruiting and maintaining legal compliance. She also volunteers as a judge in teen court for Clayton County.

A certified mediator and Senior Professional in Human Resources, Professor Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication/political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in public administration and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a juris doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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