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Dr. Ava PughDr. Ava Pugh is the holder of the BellSouth Endowed Professorship in Science Education.

Dr. Pugh received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University, a M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Elementary Education from Delta State University, and a Ed.D. also in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University.

In 2005, she was named an Outstanding Professor for the College of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Pugh is an active researcher, and has published over 73 articles in refereed international, national, regional, and state journals and proceedings; delivered 112 presentations/workshops throughout the nation and in Frankfurt, Germany.

Dr. Pugh has conducted over 100 workshops for elementary teachers in the local and rural areas where some of these in-services were consultantships of The National Faculty. As coordinator of elementary education and the professional block, she has encouraged over 20 pre-service professional block students to present to the state conventions on Social Studies.

Dr. Pugh is a co-counselor for Kappa Delta Pi, and has served on numerous ULM committees. She is a current member of the PreK-16 Advisory Council, Service Learning, Ace’s Adventures, Parking and Traffic, Athletic Scholarship Foundation, the CEHD Curriculum Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and was the Chairperson for Standard Five of The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the 2004 visit.

Dr. Pugh also serves as the ULM representative for the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory and is a member of 12 national, regional, state, and local professional organizations.

During her 33 years of education, 23 at ULM, Dr. Pugh strives to prepare students for real life teaching methods. “I strongly believe that to assist in the education of others is both a privilege and a duty,” she said. “As from my very first day as an educator, I fully intend to spend the time and make the extra effort to DO MY DUTY. Knowledge is Power.”

In the area of teaching, she uses the “hands-on” method, and has perfected, lectured on, written articles about, and made many professional presentations throughout the nation about that fundamental teaching style throughout her education career. Over the years, Dr. Pugh attended many in-services on technology and has implemented these new trends in the classroom.

In the last few years she has taught numerous classes by Distance Learning, thus allowing teachers from rural parishes to attain knowledge of the most novel methods in Elementary Education. She also teaches an online class and a Hybrid class.

Says Pugh, “I feel it is my duty as a professor to model the use of technology to both the undergraduates and graduates. Here, these pearls of knowledge can be disseminated to our future leaders of the community.”


About the Endowment: 

The BellSouth Endowed Professorship in Science Education endowment was established to maintain excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.