The Robbins College Pure Gold initiative is an opportunity for College faculty and staff to be celebrated for excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Recipients of the Pure Gold Award are nominated by their peers (Robbins College faculty and staff members) in recognition of special achievements in the categories of teaching, research and service. Nominations are reviewed by the Pure Gold Review Committee, and award recipients are announced bi-weekly by email and on the Pure Gold website. At the end of the semester, award recipients will be invited to attend a special celebratory reception in their honor.
Nominate a Pure Gold colleague today!
RESEARCH: Beth Lanning
Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of MPH Community Health, Department of Public Health
“Beth Lanning has been Principal Investigator or co-Investigator of multiple research and evaluation projects over the past 3 years, collectively totaling more than $1 million in direct costs. Her work on health and human flourishing highlights human-animal interactions for multiple populations and motivational interviewing techniques for people who have experienced sexual exploitation. She also connects researchers and brings in outside speakers to support the work of others.” –Kelly Ylitalo
TEACHING: Elise King
Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences and Design
“Professor Elise King integrates passion and expertise to create a stimulating class experience for her Interior Design students. Her focused approach immerses students in innovative learning strategies, where class activities represent real-world applications. Her organized and efficient approach to teaching guides students in achieving measurable success in practical, evidence-informed design and skill development. Her students view her as brilliant, encouraging, and invested.” —Sheri Dragoo
SERVICE: Michaela Ritter
Associate Dean for Undergraduate and International Studies, Robbins College
Associate Professor and Director of the Language and Literacy Clinic, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
“Dr. Michaela Ritter is someone that embodies what Baylor stands for—a Christian education. She leads by example and is truly a ‘servant leader!’ As long as I have known her, she has never wavered from being a Christian in all she does. She gives tirelessly and never complains—she does her work truly, ‘as unto the Lord.’ I can’t think of anyone better who deserves this Pure Gold Award. I am proud and blessed to call her not only a colleague, but a true sister in Christ!” —Rochelle Brunson