Natural Sciences and Math Instructor Karen Judy has more to celebrate than her 25 years of service to Donnelly College. She recently was recognized by the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) with a Faculty of Distinction honor.
The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.
According to the KICA, the 18 chosen instructors for this inaugural award exemplify broader institutional goals like devoting personal attention to all students and committing to “character, values and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives.” Therefore, the organization says, these instructors are excellent role models for all educators.
“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said KICA President Matt Lindsey. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual.”
Judy and Vice President for Academic Affairs Amy Neufeld, PhD, traveled to Topeka, Kansas for a workshop with Ken Bain, award-winning author on college instructors. An award luncheon proceeded, celebrating the honorees.