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Associate professor inducted into honor society

January 14, 2002

Dr. Loretta Griffy, associate professor of mathematics in developmental studies, was inducted into the Austin Peay State University circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society.

The APSU circle chooses faculty inductees based on leadership in three areas: scholarship, teaching and community service.

"Each year the student members of ODK nominate faculty members for induction. Dr. Griffy was seen as student-oriented and a leader, and the students wanted her as part of their organization," said Dr. Nanci Woods, professor of psychology.

Griffy said, "I've been involved with the University for more than 10 years. I was shocked and pleased to be selected for this honor by students. It is a pleasure when students recognize what you're contributing."

Griffy, a third-generation APSU graduate, received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from APSU, her master's degree in mathematics from the University of Memphis and her doctorate in education from Tennessee State University.

She began teaching in the APSU department of mathematics in 1990 and was hired to teach developmental studies math in 1991.

In 1999, Griffy was nominated for the Socrates Teaching Award, which is given to tenure-track faculty who are viewed by faculty and students as outstanding teachers. Academic advising, research and creative activities are factors, but the primary award criterion is excellence in teaching.

At APSU, Griffy has served as faculty adviser and recruitment adviser for Chi Omega women's fraternity for 10 years. She also serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and was named the APSU faculty representative to the Tennessee Board of Regents. She is a former freshman adviser for the Academic Advisement Center.

Griffy has researched extensively students with math and calculator anxiety and has presented her results at a variety of professional meetings, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' National Conference. Her research also has been published in a number of journals, including "Centroid."

Griffy, along with Dr. Joe Luckey, assistant athletic director and academic coordinator in athletic enhancement, and Dr. Diane Berty, dean of student development, conducted a case study of student satisfaction of college athletes, which they presented at the American Association of Higher Education's National Assessment Conference. Their results will be published in 2002.

In addition, she has participated in new student orientation and graduate school workshops.

The national organization of Omicron Delta Kappa has circles on the campuses of 248 colleges and universities. ODK was founded in 1914, and the APSU circle was established in 1979.