MALS Awards

Since its beginning in 1997, a number of MALS students have received awards or completed projects worthy of mention Among the awards have been the ETSU School of Graduate Studies’ “Outstanding Thesis Award” and “Best Capstone Project Award. Additionally, a number of students have pursued doctoral programs or additional education after completing the MALS program Many projects have not only been a part of students’ academic career at ETSU, but also have extended to the community at large, becoming exhibits at area museums or growing into community service programs Recent award winners are profiled below:


Recent MALS Award Winners

Margaret Shipley Carr

Outstanding Thesis in Arts and Humanities:

The Temperance Worker as Social Reformer and Ethnographer as Exemplified in the Life and Work of Jessie A. Ackermann

Nominated by: Dr. Marie Tedesco

Committee members:

  • Dr. Marie Tedesco, Chair
  • Ms. Norma Myers Riddle
  • Dr. Tommy D. Lee, II

Timothy Selby

Outstanding Capstone:

Coca-Cola Advertising and American Popular Culture: The Long Road Up to the Hilltop

Nominated by: Dr. Marie Tedesco

Committee members:

  • Dr. Marie Tedesco, Chair
  • Dr. Jill Le-Roy Frazier
  • Dr. Amy Collins

Lahla Deakins

Outstanding Thesis in Arts and Humanities:

Art and Community: A Proposal for a Non-Profit Pottery Program in Appalachia .

Nominated by: Dr. Marie Tedesco

Committee members:

  • Dr. Marie Tedesco (Chair)
  • Jill LeRoy-Frazier
  • Don Davis

Elizabeth Roe

Outstanding Capstone:


Wilderness Therapy for Adolescents:
Utilizing Nature to Effect Change in Juvenile Delinquents


Nominated by: Dr. Marie Tedesco

Committee members:

Jason Davis (Chair)