Political Science Professor Awarded MAC Outstanding Faculty Award

Congratulations to Julie Mazzei, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Political Science (in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University) for being awarded the 2021 Mid American Conference (MAC) Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. Mazzei is one of only 12 institutional winners for the award given out to recognize the outstanding efforts of MAC faculty to support and develop students both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Julie Mazzei headshot
Mazzei has been a political science professor at Kent State since 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from American University, 2006 and her Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is the author of Death Squads or Self-Defense Forces? Paramilitary Emergence in Contemporary Latin America, published in 2009 by University of North Carolina Press. Among her additional publications are articles on the post-conflict ramifications of paramilitary violence and reconciliation processes in El Salvador (Human Rights Quarterly, 2011), and the development agenda and its impact on rights in Cuba, looking specifically at the so-called "tourist apartheid" (Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2012). 

Mazzei teaches our graduate courses on human rights, political violence and development. At the undergraduate level, she teaches sections of our World Politics and Comparative Politics courses, as well as the upper-division Human Rights and Social Justice, Politics of Development, and Latin American Politics courses. She also periodically teaches the Senior Seminar, focusing on political violence.
This student-focused award is distinguishable from academic or research-based awards as it celebrates the commitment of the MAC to a holistic student experience and the creation of an environment that supports success in school and in life.  
Eligibility for this award is broad in nature in an effort to identify a wide range of outstanding means by which faculty are significantly impacting students, and to create an opportunity to recognize the various ways that student success is supported within the MAC.  It is the hope of this award that the twelve nominees represent a diverse community that demonstrate support for student success throughout their entire collegiate experience.

To read the full press release from the Mid American Conference, visit: https://getsomemaction.com/news/2021/5/10/general-mac-announces-institutional-winners-for-outstanding-faculty-for-student-success-award.aspx

The winner of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success will be announced on Friday, May 14.  


POSTED: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 01:54 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:46 PM
Jim Maxwell