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Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
Congratulations to NKU's 2021 Faculty Award Winners!
Frank Sinton Milburn Oustanding Professor
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Kimberly Clayton-Code

College of Education

 

"I would doubt there many others on this campus who work as tirelessly as Kimberly to create meaningful opportunities for the teacher candidates under her guidance while simultaneously connecting NKU with the community, impacting K-12 children and potential NKU students across the region. Kimberly has been repeatedly recognized not only on this campus, but in the community, as evidenced by her long list of fourteen different recognitions and awards from community agencies and organizations over the past twenty years. She is an exemplary educator and an example of why this recognition was created, to acknowledge faculty who go above and beyond in their teaching to make meaningful connections to the NKU students she serves."
Michael C.C. Adams & Susan S. Adams Oustanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member
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Makoto Nakamura

Department of World Languages & Literature

"Makoto is a dedicated, engaged and engaging professor who takes his job very seriously, but who also greatly enjoys his workand has fun in the classroom. He is known for being a well-prepared instructor who creates minute-by-minute lesson plans for his classes. Students frequently praise him on the welcoming and supportive classroom environment he creates in his classes. Makoto is extremely dedicated to providing the students in our Japanese program with opportunities to gain real-world experience with the Japanese language and Japanese culture during their time as undergraduates and beyond."
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John Zappa

School of the Arts, Music Program

"John has worked tirelessly for SOTA and exhibits the very best in teaching excellence. I can say without hesitation that his presence in the classroom has greatly influenced our students in a meaningful and positive way. His dedication to the betterment of our undergraduates is unmatched among his colleagues, and his calm and humble demeanor builds an underlying sense of trust among he and the students. He is a consummate professional, passionate educator, and irreplaceable colleague that I feel deserves the recognition of one of our finest at NKU."
Excellence in Online or Technology Enhanced Teaching
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Mary Schilling

Department of Biological Sciences

"Dr. Schilling is an incredible educator who works tirelessly to provide the best for her students and constantly seeks to refine and improve her courses. In the relatively short time that she has been a part of our department she has made lasting impacts that will continue to resonate long after we are in a post-COVID world. Mary is clearly committed to online teaching and to employing pedagogical advances that engage remote learners to deeply emerge themselves into the course content and broaden their knowledge. She develops, upgrades, and advances her teaching style through frequent reflection, delving into the literature on online pedagogy, working with NKU’s Center for Instructional Technology and Education (CITE), and by attending workshops and conferences. Furthermore, she has become our go-to expert as we have shifted to remote course delivery and runs a Weekly Teaching Tips series for our department."
Excellence in Teaching & Instruction
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Emily Shifley

Department of Biological Sciences

"I must say the most impressive item that stands out to me when thinking about all of Emily’s teaching is that the majority of all student comments are centered on how much she cares for the students. It doesn’t matter if the students are upper-level, introductory, non-major, or online students – they all elude to the same thing –she puts students first."

 
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Kalif Vaughn

Department of Psychological Science

"Kalif is an innovative professor who has helped our department improve our approach to teaching. Not surprisingly, he is beloved by our students. Not only is Kalif a great teacher, but he is also a great academic advisor. To this end, Kalif has been recognized for his advising, being named a Rising Star Award recipient and being nominated for the Outstanding Advisor Award."
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
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Kathleen Fuegen

Department of Psychological Science

"Over the past decade, Kathleen has mentored over three dozen undergraduate psychology students in research projects. She meets regularly with each student, listens carefully to their hopes and aspirations, and develops projects and experiences that will lead to transferrable skills. She is very intentional about making sure that the mentoring she provides results in marketable knowledge, skills, and abilities."

 
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Shauna Reilly

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

"Dr. Reilly is an effective teacher who sets high expectations for her students and provides them a rigorous academic experience. She gets them excited about learning and engages students in the classroom. She takes an active interest in her students. What sets her apart from others, however, is her commitment to making scholarship opportunities accessible to her students. Dr. Reilly has made student research a central part of her career and encouraged students to share their research with broader audiences at professional conferences. Since joining the faculty at NKU, Dr. Reilly has mentored 54 unique students on 122 projects (including conferences, summer fellowships and papers submitted for publication)."
Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring
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Kelly Moffett

Department of English

"The attractiveness of NKU’s MAE can largely be attributed to Professor Moffett’s reputation as a caring and highly invested mentor. As graduate director, Professor Moffet works one-on-one with all students enrolled in the program, mentoring their creative and scholarly endeavors with incredibly successful outcomes. Indeed, our graduate students regularly credit their success in publishing and career readiness to Professor Moffett’s guidance and encouragement. While Professor Moffett oversees all the administrative duties of theMAEprogram, including scheduling, certification, and assessment, her primary passion is advocating for students and ensuring they get the best support possible."
Excellence in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity
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David Childs

College of Education

"Dr. David Childs is a focused and productive scholar in the College of Education. His scholarship is focused on black history and culture, racism and discrimination, and diversity issues in education. He is a prolific author in peer-review journals, book chapters, blogs and editorials. It is clear that he is passionate about his work and sharing his knowledge with others."

 
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Suk-hee Kim

School of Social Work

 

"Dr. Kim is a nationally well-know and recognized scholar, educator, and community partner. NKU is one of the Age-Friendly Universities in the nation due to Dr. Kim’s and her colleagues’ work. She is a diligent worker, innovative academic, and colleague in our school, college, and university."
Excellence in Outreach and Engagement
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Whittney Darnell

Department of Communication

"Dr. Darnell epitomizes everything that this award is intended to recognize. It is especially impressive to see the way she incorporates undergraduate student involvement invarious engagement opportunities, such as her work on the Mental Health Youth Summit at NKU in collaboration with St. Elizabeth Health Care. The Mayerson projects she’s developed help her classes realize the value of how they can use what they are learning to help relievecontemporary problems in ourcommunity. Her commitment to addressing substance abuse, particularly the opioid crisis, shows her inclination to tackle the most significant and challenging issues facing our community. She is an outstanding collaborator as seen in her work with NKU’s Institute for Health Innovation and she has become a leader in our department by encouraging other faculty members to get involved in these efforts."
Excellence in University Service
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Janel Bloch

Department of English

"Dr. Bloch's service work is guided by a central principle: a university's strength depends on how well its various groups communicate. As chair of the Faculty Senate Budget Committee since 2015, Dr. Bloch has transformed the way NKU faculty understand the entire university and statewide budget process. In everything she does, Dr. Bloch shapes and strengthens NKU's regional, national, and global profile."

 
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Denice Robertson

Department of Biological Sciences

"Dr. Robertson embodies all aspects of this award with a clear track record of serving NKU over her 20 years of employment, and having contributed to a large variety of committees and taken many leadership roles. Denice is asked to serve in these roles because she is known to be a creative thinker who comes up with ideas and follows through on all aspects of the work. She has played a role in a number of key University initiatives and is an innovator and leader through and through. Her organization, hardwork, passion for contributing to the overall betterment of our students, and dedication to moving our University forward are unparalleled."
Inclusive Excellence Leadership Faculty Award
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Kristine Yohe

Department of English

"Dr. Yohe’s efforts to increase involvement and access for students of color, while advocating for Black culture through her teaching, research, and service over the past 24 years at NKU make her an exceptionally deserving award recipient. Much of NKU’s progress in promoting inclusivity can be attributed to Dr. Yohe’s persistent leadership over two decades."
Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Instruction Award
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Katherine Colborn

School of the Arts - Visual Arts Program

"Katherine comes early and stays late to make sure that each of her students have the time and space to be heard and requests meetings with students who are falling behind in class to make sure that she is doing everything possible to ensure student success.The amount of time and energy that Katherine pours into her courses and students is award-worthy for a full-time faculty member. The fact that Katherine repeatedly devotes so much of herself to our program is shocking for a part-time faculty member and must be recognized."
Faculty Award Nominees
Congratulations to all of the faculty nominated for awards this year. All are deserving of recognition!

Allyson Graf

Bethany Noblitt

David Childs

Denice Robertson

Ellen Hokkanen

Emily Shifley

Erin Strome

Funda Gonulates

Janel Bloch

John Zappa

Josh Cooper

Kalif Vaughn

Katherine Colborn

Kelly Moffett

Kimberly Clayton-Code

Kristine Yohe

Lauren Williamson

Lisa Cuntz

Mahdi Yazdanpour

Makoto Nakamura

Mary Schilling

Nicole Dillard

Patricia Kappesser

Rhyanne McDade

Robert Brice

Sarah Johnson

Shauna Reilly

Suk-hee Kim

Teresa Huber

Whittney Darnell

Xiaoni Zhang