NKU to honor three faculty members at GCCCU Celebration of Teaching


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University will participate in the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities “Celebration of Teaching” on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. 

The event will honor and recognize outstanding educators at postsecondary institutions across the region, including three NKU faculty members. 

“We are delighted to join with our colleagues across the region to celebrate outstanding educators, whose dedication to their craft and their students is a model for us all,” said Dr. Idna M. Corbett, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and NKU’s liaison to GCCCU.

NKU faculty members who will be recognized include: Dr. Cecile Marczinski in the Department of Psychological Science; Dr. P.J. Ball in the Department of Chemistry; and Campbell County District Judge Karen A. Thomas, an instructor at Chase College of Law and the Haile/US Bank College of Business.

Marczinski received the prestigious Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award, bestowed annually since 1970 to recognize outstanding achievement across the full spectrum of the NKU mission. Marczinski is a “stellar” teacher and remarkable mentor to her students, guiding undergraduate student publications and offering opportunities for students to co-author publications.

She also has an impressive body of research and authorship in scholarly fields such as binge drinking among adolescents and college students, psychopharmacology, and the effects of combining alcohol and energy drinks. A world-renowned expert in this field, her work has been recognized nationally and has helped shape public debate.

Ball has received the Michael C.C. Adams and Susan S. Adams Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom instruction and contributions to the learning environment by full-time temporary and non-tenure track faculty. After a decade at NKU, Ball is “adored” by her students and consistently earns near-perfect scores on her teaching evaluations.

Thomas has received the Part-time Faculty Excellence in Instruction Award. In addition to her full-time job on the bench in Campbell District Court and numerous community initiatives, Thomas has been an instructor at NKU since 1989 and is dedicated to her students and to giving back to the University that helped shape her own career.

The 28th annual GCCCU Celebration of Teaching is Friday, Nov. 6 at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

Since 1974, the GCCCU has promoted a spirit of cooperation among institutions of higher learning across Greater Cincinnati. NKU is among the organization’s 17 members.