Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of West Georgia
Location: Carrollton, Georgia, United States
Martha A. Saunders, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at the University of West Georgia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English education.
Inspired to delve into education by her parents, who were both teachers, Dr. Saunders attended DePauw University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1952. From there, she received a Master of Arts from Auburn University in 1954. While working toward her master’s degree, she served Auburn University as a graduate teaching assistant for two years before becoming an instructor at Ohio Northern University for a subsequent year. Thereafter, she was a teacher at the Fort Hawkins School from 1955 to 1956 and Talbot County High School from 1956 to 1957. Commencing her tenure at the University of West Georgia in 1965, she first served as an instructor for nearly a decade before becoming an assistant professor in 1974 and associate professor in 1985. From 1993 until attaining emerita status in 1995, she was a full professor.
Alongside her primary endeavors, Dr. Saunders maintained affiliation with the Carroll County League of Women Voters as past president, the Georgia League of Women Voters as past president, the Pine Valley Council of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America as past first, second and third vice president, and the Carrollton Civic Woman’s Club as past president. Likewise, she was the former president of the Carrollton Literary Music Club and the Sixth District of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs. To remain abreast of developments in the field, she was also a past president of the Georgia-South Carolina chapter of the College English Association and member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Gamma.
As a testament to her success, Dr. Saunders has been the recipient of myriad accolades. Most recently, she received the Clubwoman of the Year Award from the Sixth District of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs in 2013, having previously won the same award in 2005. In addition, she was honored with the Women Making History in Education Award from the West Georgia National Organization of Women, the Woman of Achievement Award from the Business and Professional Women of Carroll County, the Citizenship Award from the Carroll County League of Women Voters, and the Humanitarian Award from the Carrollton Sertoma Club. Impressively, she also received the J. Owen Moore Faculty Award from the West Georgia National Alumni Association. Looking toward the future, she intends to remain in her current position while contributing to her many civic endeavors. She is currently working with Ferst Readers, a program that registers young children to get a free book in the mail every month until they turn 5 years old.
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