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Nominate Your Favorite Faculty Member for the Distinguished Teaching Award

Honor that unforgettable faculty member and share your favorite classroom memories of how they inspired you. Submit a nomination for the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) today.

Sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Association, the DTA is the university’s most prestigious honor in teaching. The award is presented annually to three full-time faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary teaching in the classroom and devotion to touching the lives of students. Qualified nominees include Kent State tenure track faculty who are currently employed by the university.

The deadline to nominate a professor is June 30.

Nominate Your Favorite Professor

Eligibility requirements include:

  1. A faculty member must have been on a full-time teaching contract at any Kent State University campus for a minimum of seven years, including the current academic year.
  2. A faculty member must have taught at least one course in two of the three semesters during each of those seven academic years. (For purpose of the awards, summer sessions are considered one semester and the academic year extends from the beginning of fall semester through summer session of the following calendar year.)
  3. Current Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are not eligible.

2020 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) Recipients

  • Ms. Amy Fritsche,
    Associate Professor, School of Theatre and Dance,
    Kent Campus

    Amy Fritsche
  • Mr. Douglas Goldsmith,
    Assistant Professor, School of Visual Communication Design, Kent Campus

    Douglas Goldsmith
  • Dr. Lindsay Starkey,
    Assistant Professor, Department of History,
    Stark Campus

    Dr. Lindsay Starkey


Congratulations to the 2020 DTA Finalists

  • Christopher Groening, Ph.D., College of Business Administration, Kent Campus
  • Bryan Jones, Ph.D., Psychology, Ashtabula Campus
  • Aryn C. Karpinski (Kosmidis), Ph.D., School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Denise M. McEnroe-Petitte, Ph.D., RN, Nursing, Tuscarawas Campus
  • Mikhail Nesterenko, Computer Science, Kent Campus
  • Jeffrey Osikiewicz, Mathematical Science, Tuscarawas Campus
  • Blake Stringer, Ph.D., College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent Campus

View a list of past DTA recipients