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Math teacher named top professor at GSU
Lisa Yocco earns 2009 Wells/Warren Professor of the Year Award
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Lisa Yocco
     Lisa Yocco was presented with the Wells/Warren Professor of the Year Award at the Georgia Southern University 2009 Honors Day Convocation held at the Performing Arts Center earlier this month. Yocco is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
     "Yocco receives outstanding feedback from her students," said Martha L. Abell, chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.    "They appreciate her willingness to help them, her enthusiasm for mathematics and her organized lectures. In addition, she incorporates study skills into her classes and has produced handbooks to assist her students. Due to her success in the classroom, Yocco was selected last summer to teach in the Eagle Incentive Program."
     In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Yocco is co-author of the book "College Algebra in Context with Applications to the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences," published by Pearson Addison Wesley. She has authored several manuals in mathematics and graphing calculators and has presented numerous workshops and papers at international, national, regional, and state conferences.
     Yocco received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Augusta College and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education from Florida State University. She has completed additional graduate work at Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, and Armstrong Atlantic State University. She has been teaching at Georgia Southern since 1989.
     The winner of the Wells/Warren Professor of the Year Award is selected annually by the University's students. Members of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society interview the department heads of the finalists and look at student evaluations of the professors.
     The group then conducts a blind interview of the finalists before selecting the winner of the award, which is endowed by former Gamma Beta Phi advisors J. Norman and Rosalyn Wells. The award is named in honor of their parents, Nolan and Audrey Wells and Hartwell and Lucile Warren.