Peeler Awarded the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

April 12, 2012

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Dr. Jodie Peeler, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Communications Program at Newberry College has been awarded the S.C. Independent College and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award, as announced on April 10 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Peeler has been at Newberry College since 2001 and primarily teaches journalism, media history, and communications law courses. She also supervises the student newspaper, The Scarlet and Gray, and under an innovative alliance the student paper’s writers also write for the local paper, the Newberry Observer.
Dr. Peeler has worked as a radio broadcaster and newspaper reporter, and she is the author of numerous feature articles and two books. She also has provided service and leadership to many committees and groups on campus, and was named the 2008-2009 Newberry College Student Government Association Professor of the Year.
“This award is a great honor,” said Dr. Peeler of winning the award. “I am proud to represent a college that has believed in my abilities, proud to work with amazing colleagues, and proud of my students past and present who have made it all worthwhile.”

Newberry College Acting President, Dr. John Hudgens said, “We are quite proud of her, her leadership, and her service to the college.”  

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Timothy Elston added, “Dr. Peeler is an excellent example of the type of teaching professional that Newberry College desires. She approaches her teaching with a sense of purpose, setting for her students the example of the expectations of the profession. And as if that wasn’t enough, Jodie is known for her off-beat humor, both in and out of the classroom, setting students and colleagues at ease and making her a popular fixture on our campus.”
About Newberry College:  A private, residential, co-educational, college with a diverse student population, Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 24 majors, 31 minors, and 27 areas of concentration. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the college is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. The college has a radio and television station, and offers 15 NCAA Division II sports. In the recent 2012 ranking of the Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Newberry College placed in the top tier of regional colleges in the South. For more information, visit

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