Stark Distinguished Teaching Award & Award of Distinction


Outstanding professors have comprehensive knowledge of their fields, effectively and resourcefully organize and present material, and stimulate student thinking and understanding.

Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for such an outstanding professor at Kent State Stark.

Based on your nominations, a member of the full-time faculty will be awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, and an adjunct (part-time) faculty member will be the recipient of the Award of Distinction.

Award recipients will be announced in May. A selection committee consisting of Kent State Stark faculty and students will choose the recipients. 

The following criteria is used in the selection process:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of his or her field
  • Effectiveness in organizing and presenting material
  • Ability to stimulate thinking and develop understanding in students
  • Ability to arouse student interest
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness

These awards are not popularity contests. Simply submitting a faculty member's name is not enough. Only those nominations which thoroughly describe why the faculty member is outstanding will be accepted by the selection committee (minimum 400 characters or about 50 words).

Deadline to submit nominationsSunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.


Questions about the 2022-23 nomination process can be directed to:

Dr. Sebastian Birch
Associate Professor of Music
Selection Committee Chair