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Cumberlands honors Dr. Jolly Sharp with 2014 Miles Community Service Award


Williamsburg, KY. - On Thursday, April 24th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Dr. Jolly Sharp, Professor of English, with the 2014 Miles Community Service Award at the 22nd Annual Faculty-Staff Dinner.

The University presents the William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service to a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the Williamsburg community in an area consistent with university goals. The individual must be a Christ-like servant who: lives the mission of Cumberlands; achieves a bold service focused on physical and spiritual health; provides humble service; and models service to others.

Sharp is deeply invested on campus and in the community. With a humble spirit, she is committed to high academic standards in class, as well as commitment to education beyond UC’s campus. She is a servant leader on and off campus.

Sharp is a previous winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award and a longstanding Williamsburg resident. She is actively involved in church as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Upward basketball program volunteer.

Sharp is genuinely dedicated to education in the community. She has taught sign language to elementary students and helped high school students hone their essay writing skills to prepare them for college. She has also worked with elementary students in Zumba classes.

Her numerous volunteer roles in the local schools include being a resource for the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Williamsburg City School, serving on the P-12 council preparing students for college success at Whitley County High School, and being a member of the newly formed Literacy Council at Knox Central School. Outside of the local school, she has taught sign language to Whitley County Health Department workers.

Beyond teaching and volunteer work within the community, she continues her research on Flannery O’Connor and completed the book, From the House to the Chicken Yard, on O’Connor’s works. She has plans to attend a prestigious conference on O’Connor in Ireland this summer.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit