Faculty/Staff News Now: Denise Harrison, Wendy Tietz, Bethany Simunich, Lori Kella, Lean Kent State Office

Professor Denise Harrison Shares Knowledge and Perspectives in Emotional Exhibit

When Denise Harrison, associate lecturer in the Department of English, teaching in the Department of Pan-African Studies and the Honors College, got her idea to create an exhibit about the “cradle-to-prison” pipeline for young people of color, she was already very familiar with quilting. Learn more.

AICPA Honors Kent State Professor of Accounting Wendy Tietz With Innovation in Teaching Award

For the fourth time, Wendy Tietz, Ph.D., professor of accounting at Kent State University's College of Business Administration, was recognized for her innovations in teaching accounting by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Learn more.

Simunich Wins Directors’ Award at Quality Matters Connect Conference

Bethany Simunich (left), Director of Online Pedagogy and Research in the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, recently won the 2019 Directors’ Award for Exceptional Service representing Higher Education. She is pictured with Val Kelly, associate vice president, Office of Continuing and Distance Education Learn more.

Lori Kella Selected for Inaugural Exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum

Lori Kella, part-time professor of photography at the School of Art, was selected for State of the Art 2020, an inaugural exhibition at The Momentary, a new contemporary art space at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. Learn more.

Announcing the Lean Kent State Office 

The Lean Kent State Office is part of an ongoing university-wide initiative to help encourage and empower faculty and staff to improve processes. It serves the entire university, providing training opportunities and resources and promoting continuous improvement at every level. 

What is Lean? 

Lean adds value to those we serve and makes processes and services more efficient and effective through the reduction of waste. There are two driving concepts behind Lean: 

  1. Respect for people: Recognizing that the people doing the work are the best ones to improve it.
  2. Continuous improvement: Pursuing perfection daily, but not letting perfect get in the way of better.

Join Us! 

The Lean Kent State Office now has a physical home. To celebrate and promote the impact Lean can have at the university, we are hosting an open house, which will feature opportunities to learn more about Lean and how to get involved.  

Please join us for light refreshments in 116 Terrace Hall on Thu.rs., Dec. 12, from 3 – 5 p.m. Remarks from Dr. Mark Polatajko, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, begin promptly at 3:45 p.m.

To learn more, or to register for the Lean Kent State Office Open House, please visit the Lean Office website. If you have questions, please contact Holly Slocum at hslocum@kent.edu.  


POSTED: Monday, December 2, 2019 - 9:47am
UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 2:34pm