USC Sumter Professor Receives Excellence in Science Award
At a recent State House ceremony, Gov. Nikki Haley presented the 2011 South Carolina Academy of Science Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Science. USC Sumter professor Dr. James E. Privett received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness.
The award is sponsored by the South Carolina Academy of Science and Mead WestVaco Specialty Chemicals Research.
The proclamation that was presented at the ceremony noted Dr. Privett’s excellence in scientific awareness and his contributions to science education in South Carolina over many years.
Dr. Privett has taught at the University of South Carolina Sumter since 1990. He teaches chemistry and physics. Privett has also published two chemistry textbooks and several study guides for both chemistry and physics.
Dr. Privett has received many teaching awards including the Distinguished Teaching Award for University of South Carolina Regional Campuses in 1991 and 1992. He was awarded the USC Sumter’s Student Government Teacher of the Year Award seven times between 1990 and 2004. What’s more, he is the 2006 Governor’s Professor of the Year Award in the State of South Carolina.
Dr. Privett also performs extensive public service though his work with the South Carolina Academy of Science, the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science and the South Carolina Middle/Elementary School Academy of Science.
Pictured are Dr. Les Carpenter, Dean USC Sumter; Dr. Privett, Governor Haley; Dr. Dan Antion, USC retired professor (nominator of Dr. Privett).