Luff Receives Friedl Award for 2005-2006
Athens, W.Va. - Each year Concord University’s Student Government Association (SGA) accepts nominations for the Friedl Award, an award honoring the memory of Joseph Friedl, former coach and faculty member. The award recognizes teachers for their involvement with students and campus activities inside and out of the classroom.
This year Dr. Tracy Luff, assistant professor of sociology, was honored for her willingness to answer students’ questions, to assist students who were seeking professional and graduate school information, to relate students’ lives to classroom material, and to organize events for students, such as, a recent end-of-the-year party for all sociology students, which she held at her home in Athens.
Luff started her academic career when she attended Salisbury University in Maryland for her bachelor’s degree, followed by Virginia Tech where she earned a masters degree and Ph.D., all in sociology. While attending graduate school, Luff taught part-time for both Virginia Tech and Radford University. She has also taught for a number of years at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wis., and Midway College in Kentucky before coming to Concord University in the fall of 2003.
Working to achieve her own personal goals for her students, Luff has been promoting student involvement in research projects, conference attendance, and unity among all sociology majors and minors.
“Sometimes going the extra mile to be accessible to students can be tiring, so it was really affirming to know that students appreciate my teaching style and efforts outside the classroom,” commented Luff. She felt the award made her “a part of a respected tradition of student-centeredness at Concord University.”
PHOTO: Dr. Luff
Nicole Colton, a senior majoring in marketing wrote this news release. Her hometown is Bridgeport, W.Va.