JMC Professor Earns Kent State's Highest Teaching Honor
Jan Leach, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is a recipient of Kent State University’s highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Staff from the Kent State Alumni Association surprised her as she was teaching Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication on Oct. 4, to share the news.
“This is like the Pulitzer Prize,” she exclaimed.
Each year the Alumni Association solicits Kent State alumni for nominations for the award. This year, they received 325 nominations, and earlier this week, 10 faculty members across the university were announced as finalists. Leach is one of three winners.
“Professor Leach is one of the most enthusiastic professors I have ever had,” a nominator said. “Her passion for her work and, more importantly, her students, is quite evident. Her knowledge of ethics and the mass communication field as a whole is vast. She is truly an expert at what she does.”
As a winner, Leach will receive a $1,500 cash prize and a crystal apple trophy. She will be honored at the University Teaching Council’s Celebrating College Teaching conference luncheon and awards ceremony on Oct. 21.