Jean Druesedow, director of the Kent State University Museum, has been named recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Honors Faculty Award.
The Distinguished Honors Faculty Award was established in 1991 to recognize excellence in Honors teaching. The recipient is selected by Honors students in association with the dean on the basis of strong teaching performance, advising of independent work, and service provided to the Honors College and its students.
Druesedow has been teaching Honors students since 2007. She regularly teaches the Honors section of FDM 20030: History of Costume.
With her expertise in costume design, she has played an instrumental role in promoting the Senior Honors Thesis/Project among Honors students from across the College of the Arts. She has advised a number of senior honors theses for undergraduate Honors students with such majors as fashion design, art history, and theater.
Jean holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in Speech and Theatre Arts from Indiana University. Prior to coming to Kent State, she taught costume design for the theatre students at Miami University and Eastern Kentucky University. From 1978-1992, she coordinated and taught the graduate program in costume studies offered by the Costume Institute in cooperation with New York University.
Druesedow has served as curator or organizer for more than 40 exhibitions. She remains active in the field of costume studies on a national and international basis by contributing to publications and giving lectures.