Melissa Mayo and Dr. Joe Camp honored by Lander’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Story by Zack Bennett

Lander University awarded two College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (CoBSS) faculty members, Melissa Mayo and Dr. Joe Camp, with the annual CoBSS Part-Time Faculty Awards.

A fairly new award, the CoBSS Part-Time Faculty Awards were established in 2020 to recognize part-time faculty in the college. “They add much to our teaching because of the credentials and experiences that they bring to our classrooms,” said Lucas McMillan, dean of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences and professor of political science. “This award honors those who receive positive reviews of their teaching by students, as well as faculty observers, and either help us extend our curriculum with new content; and/or provide mentorship to students to better their learning and career preparation.

Mayo is an online instructor in the field of emergency management. She is based in Birmingham, Alabama where she works full time creating geographic information system (GIS) maps used in the utility sector. Previously, Mayo worked as the GIS specialist for Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency where she responded to weather-related events. Prior to her career, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography from Jacksonville State University, an executive Master of Business Administration from the University of North Alabama and a master’s in geography from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Joe Camp, a 1988 Lander Alumnus, is an adjunct faculty member in the department of history and philosophy, and teaches United States history. Camp began his 27-year teaching career at West Virginia University while pursuing a doctorate of philosophy in the nineties, followed by teaching at technical colleges. After graduating with a Ph.D., Camp stepped away from teaching and into technical writing for the biomedical industry since he didn’t see any immediate teaching opportunities. “Didn’t expect to keep at that for the next twelve-plus years,” said Camp. He returned to his hometown of Greenwood in 2015, released a couple non-fiction World War II books and taught at Greenville Tech and a private school before coming on as an adjunct at his alma mater.

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