Professor Seed Named a Finalist for Distinguished Teaching Award
Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Alexander Seed was named a finalist for the 2012 Kent State University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. This award is the university’s highest honor in teaching for tenured faculty. Ten finalists were announced (http://www.ksualumni.org/s/401/social.aspx?sid=401&gid=1&pgid=296) last week and the three awards will be presented at the University Teaching Council Conference on Friday, October 26, 2012. As part of the selection process, finalists each submit a teaching portfolio which highlights their excellence in pedagogy. Finalists are informed of their winning status during surprise classroom visits by the Kent State Alumni Association and other administrators; check out a video of one such visit at the link above.
Professor Seed’s principal teaching duties are in the area of organic chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He has most recently taught sections of Basic Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 (CHEM 20481 and 20482). While Professor Seed really engages his students in class, that engagement can’t be contained to 50-minute lecture periods. He is often seen counseling students outside of class, helping them master material for their advancement. Professor Seed also serves as chair of the department’s Curriculum Committee.
Professor Seed, through all that he does, shows a passion for student learning at all levels. Finalist status is truly a recognition well earned.