LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association started the Great Teacher Award program in 1961 to honor excellent teaching at the university. There have been 307 teachers honored since that first year. Nominations may only be submitted by current students.
To receive the award, a candidate must:
- Hold the rank of full-time lecturer or above and have been a member of the faculty for the past three years at UK.
- Have superior knowledge of the subject matter.
- Have original and innovative classroom presentations.
- Demonstrate concern for students, both inside and outside the classroom setting.
- Not have been a recipient of the award for the past 10 years.
A committee of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a representative from the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa select the recipients based on objective rating and ranking of the eligible nominations submitted.
This episode of "Behind the Blue" features part two of interviews with the 2021 winners of the Great Teacher Awards. The show includes interviews with three of them: Christopher Crawford, from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Chad Risko, representing the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry; and Kathleen Swan, representing the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
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