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Prof. Richard Stanislaw receives the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2011-12!

Posted Feb. 7, 2012

Prof. Stanislaw teaches courses related to Political Thought, American Political Theory, American Politics and Public Policy. He is but the latest in a steady stream of POL faculty members that have won this award, which is sponsored by the University Teaching Council and offered to the top non-tenure-track faculty members at KSU. Prof. Stanislaw has also been recently named among the top five Kent State professors, based on a survey of Kent State students through KentWired.com.


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Richard Stanislaw feels the most rewarding part of teaching at Kent State is getting to know the students. He sees his classroom as a stage where he is charged with drawing students in a serious substantive dialogue about political philosophy. Stanislaw tries to engage students and draw them into the great conversation that is political thinking. He believes his most significant accomplishments are the small victories that teachers have every day. He gets great satisfaction when he can draw a student into great political understanding or involvement.

He will receive the award during Kent State’s 18th annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference, taking place on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28. The conference will feature three speakers, including Dr. David L. Katz, the Prevention Research Center director at Yale University; Tim Moore, Associate Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor Emeritus of the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University; and John (Jack) Gargan, Professor Emeritus of political science at Kent State University.