COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus State University has named their professor of the year for 2015 on Wednesday.
The award, given by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, was given to Kimberly Shaw, a physics professor and co-director of UTeach Columbus.
The award, given to honor undergraduate teaching, is the Council's highest honor. Shaw was honored in Washington, DC along with state and national award winners.
It is the 35th year of the award program.
"This award isn't just mine," said Shaw. "It belongs to all of my colleagues who work so hard to ensure our students learn and succeed. The most rewarding part of my job is always knowing I have made a difference."
Shaw, who has been teaching for 18 years, has spent the last eight years teaching introductory-level physics as well as honors enrichment, interdisciplinary physical science and research methods courses at CSU.
Just a month ago, the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education also acknowledged Shaw's educational work by presenting her with the 2015 Rod Nave Award.
The Rod Nave Award is given to a supporter of the science education community. It is named after Georgia State University physics professor Rod Nave, who designated special classes for science teachers to use the latest technologies.
Shaw also became the recipient of a Complete College Georgia STEM Innovation fund grant this year.
For more on Shaw and her impact on CSU and the community, click here.