Robertson receives Troy University’s Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching

Judy Robertson receives the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching from Dr. Kerry Palmer at Monday's Honors Convocation.

Judy Robertson receives the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching from Dr. Kerry Palmer at Monday's Honors Convocation.

Judy Robertson, Lecturer and Director of the Interpreter Training Program within the College of Education, is the recipient of Troy University’s 2024 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Robertson received the award from Senior Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Kerry Palmer during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

“I think the thing that means the most to me is that the ones I’m interacting with the most on a daily basis, the students, value what I am doing,” Robertson said. “It means more to me that it comes from the students. It is always nice to be recognized for your work, but at the end of the day, I’m really thinking about how proud my mom would be right now.”

As a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), Robertson experienced firsthand the importance and need for qualified sign language interpreters which has become the driving force in her desire to educate new interpreters.

A native of Alabama and a graduate of Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Robertson worked in the field of marketing for several years before her true calling brought her back to the field of interpreting. She began a career as an Educational Interpreter and later pursued National Certification and earned a Master of Education in Interpreter Pedagogy from Northeastern University. She also holds licensure through the Alabama Board of Interpreters and Transliterators.

Robertson started teaching at TROY in 2010 and is currently acting as Interim Director while maintaining an academic teaching load and advisement of current students. She has been active in the university, community and state through offering interpreting services and serving on various state committees. She is an active member on the Deaf Advisory Council with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation as well as facilitates partnerships between TROY and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Mental Health to provide learning opportunities and scholarships for ITP students.

Robertson also serves as coordinator for Camp Success, a camp held annually at TROY geared toward students preparing for college that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She has provided consulting services to local schools related to serving Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. Additionally, she has served as chairperson for the Helen Keller Lecture Series for several years and served on various committees within the College of Education.

Robertson, a proud breast cancer survivor, is married to Kent Robertson, also a TROY alumnus, and has two children, Kennedy and John Douglas.