Academic Initiatives

This team works on initiatives focusing on the following: Academic Advising, educational support services, course registration, the AU syllabus bank, etc. Through conducting peer benchmarking and research, this team within SGA is able to further inform their feedback and findings to the appropriate campus partners to advocate for student needs. As well as gathering feedback through Auburn Answers on the student experience relating to Academic Affairs.

Please feel free to submit any comments or concerns through SGA’s feedback website, Auburn Answers.

Each fall and spring during final exams season, there are two initiatives held for the student body. Priority1 occurs the week leading up to finals week to promote the all-around health and well being of Auburn students as they prepare for exams. The week of finals, Up All Night is held to serve donuts, juice, scantrons, blue books, and words of study encouragement to students in RBD Library/Mell Classroom Building and the Student Center. At midnight each night, a much-anticipated announcement comes over the intercom in both buildings: “SGA is now serving donuts and juice downstairs to wish everyone good luck with their exams!”

The Academic Initiatives team also works on creating Honors Week. The mission of Honors Week is to recognize the extraordinary efforts of students in the classroom, on campus, and in the community through public recognition of their achievements. Students meeting the highest standards of excellence in the areas of service, scholarship, and leadership are accepted into prestigious honor societies such as: Squires Honorary, Lambda Sigma, Cardinal Key, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Rho Lambda, and Cater Society.

In addition, one student and one faculty member representing each of Auburn University’s colleges are nominated and recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the annual Honors Ceremony. Full the a list of Final Lecture Honorees, please refer below.

2023 – Dr. Robert McConnell 
Professor of Sociology

2022 – Matthew Kearley 
Professor of Biology

2021 – Jennifer Cornett  
Professor of Accounting

2020 – Dr. Robert Cochran 
Professor of Accounting

2019 – Dr. Mark Wilson
Professor of Chemical Engineering

2018 – Dr. Mark Wilson
Professor of Community and Civic Engagement

2017 – Kelly Rainer
Professor of Information Systems Management

2016 – Tracy Richard
Professor of Finance

2015 – Dr. Stuart Wentworth
Professor of Engineering

2014 – Dr. Donna Bohanan
Professor of History

2013 – Dr. Stuart Loch
Professor of Physics

2012 – Dr. Macy Finck
Professor of Economics

2011 – Professor Matthew Kearley 
Professor of Biology

2010 – Dr. Donna Bohanan 
Professor of History

2009 – Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Wit
Assoc. Dean and Professor in the College of Science & Mathematics

2008 – Dr. Joseph Kicklighter
Professor of History


The Final Lecture program was created to give all students the opportunity to participate in a teaching award given on behalf of the student body, recognizing professors who have made extraordinary contributions to Auburn University through classroom teaching and service to the university.

How to nominate:

To be nominated and elected by students as the top professor at Auburn University is one of the highest honors students can bestow upon a faculty member. The selected professor delivers a keynote address to the entire university community on a topic of his or her choice. Past addresses have included words of advice and encouragement for both students beginning their college careers and those moving beyond the walls of the university.



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Last modified: June 15, 2023