Two honored for contributions to GSU


Two Grambling State University faculty members were recognized for their hard work and  dedication to the university and respective departments.

Sandra Andrews Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Grambling State University since 1985. Lee obtained a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from Louisiana Tech University and a master of arts degree in humanities/mass communication from GSU.

 She is currently completing her doctoral studies at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. She is scheduled to defend her dissertation on Media Leadership during the spring of 2014.

Lee serves as adviser to several student organizations. These organizations include: the Student Society for News Design and Women in Communication. 

Among the students instructed and mentored by her are Charles Blow, first African American presentations director at The New York Times; LaKeith Kennedy, photo editor for the San Angelo Times in San Angelo, Texas; and Ahmad Terry, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the former Rocky Mountain News in Denver, to list a few.

Lee was a 2004 Fulbright Scholar to China where she studied the complication/resolution of visual images of the Chinese culture. She was twice elected teacher of the year in the Mass Communication Department and outstanding teacher in the former College of Liberal Arts. 

She recently played a major role in the development of a possible new concentration, multimedia journalism.

Dr. Martin Ayim is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. Ayim holds the appointment of Dr. Eddie Robinson Endowed Professor of Kinesiology, since 2007. 

He received his bachelor of science degree in public health administration and the master of public health in community health education, both awarded by Indiana University. Dr. Ayim completed his doctoral studies at Texas A&M University in health education.

He was the recipient of the Health Educator of the Year Award in the state of Louisiana in 2004. He was nominated in 2011 for the Louisiana Health Education Honor Award. 

Ayim serves on Louisiana’s Task Force for Grade Level Expectations in Health Education. He serves as the chair and lead consultant of the Diaspora Health Literacy Advocacy Team and Global Collaborators for Africa, a non-political, and non-partisan group that is devoted to eliminating health illiteracy in Africa.

Dr. Ayim is a researcher and has published extensively. He developed the INDICATE Model, a culture-based model for community health program planning. 

Ayim is the author of a book titled Communicable Diseases for School and Community Health Promotion.