SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Mercer University is represented by Dr. Sybil Keesbury and Myra Cameron on the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team, announced today.
Begun in 2016, the All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team consists of two individuals from each institution who share the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.
Each member will be presented a plaque and honored at an upcoming home basketball game at his or her institution.
Dr. Keesbury is an associate professor in Mercer’s Tift College of Education specializing in special education with a focus on autism spectrum disorders and behavioral disorders.
She is director of the Holistic Child Program and is the university liaison for its Professional Development School partnerships. Through these partnerships, she conducts research regarding public school and university collaboration and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who present research at national and international conferences.
In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Keesbury gives back to her community through her service work with the Go Baby Go project, a collaborative effort with the School of Engineering and Department of Physical Therapy that provides modified ride-on vehicles for children with disabilities. She also participates in Mercer On Mission, which provides field experiences to education students in places such as Nepal, Peru and Slovakia.
Dr. Keesbury received the 2015 Tift College of Education Cathryn Futral Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2017 Excellence in First Year Advising Award.
Cameron came to Mercer in September 1997 as athletics staff assistant and was promoted to administrative/eligibility coordinator in July 2000. In her current role, she oversees day-to-day operations of the athletics office, work-study students and eligibility for all student-athletes.
Her contributions to the Mercer community go beyond her job description, which is evident in her interactions with students and staff and her support of the Bears at events home and away. Her efforts earned her one of the highest awards conferred on University employees – the Mercer Spirit Award – in 2003.
Cameron is married to Rick Cameron, also a Mercer employee, who is known as the “Voice of the Bears” on athletics radio broadcasts.
The remaining members of the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team include Dr. James Bezjian and Stanton Adams of The Citadel, Dr. Joe D. Moore and Jay Seehorn of ETSU, Dr. Virginia W. Gerde and Elaine Baker of Furman, Tom Martinek and John Chapman of UNCG, Dr. Emily Hynds and Theresa Kanute of Samford, Dr. Debbie Ingram and Terry Denniston of Chattanooga, Col. Jack B. “Jay” Johnson Jr. and Col. Sarah L. Jones of VMI, Dr. Channa De Silva and Dr. Lowell K. Davis of Western Carolina, and Dr. Dan Mathewson and Curt McPhail of Wofford.