2021-22 Distinguished Teaching Award & Award of Distinction


Distinguished Teaching Award: Alexis Baker
Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists: Ann Martinez and Bathi Kasturiarachi
Award of Distinction: Aaron Shay


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 (50 word minimum) will be forwarded to the selection committee.

Deadline to submit nominationsSunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.


Questions about the 2021-22 nomination process can be directed to:

Professor Mason Shuman
Associate Lecturer of Spanish
Selection Committee Chair