Sidebar        Kelly receives Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

In February, Professor Katherine Silver Kelly was surprised in her classroom by Vice Provost Kay Wolf, as well as Kelly’s husband, father, stepmother, and two sisters with news that she had won the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Of the more than 4,000 Ohio State faculty eligible for the award, just 10 are granted each year. Kelly’s award marks the eighth time in 11 years that a Moritz faculty member has been a recipient.

Moritz faculty, staff, and student members of the Administration Committee –led by Professor Mary Beth Beazley–nominated Kelly unanimously for the esteemed award. As their recommendation letter to the Committee on Alumni Awards for Distinguished Teaching notes, Kelly’s passion for teaching and her exceptional ability to champion the work of her students exemplifies the virtues extolled in the award.

Year after year, Kelly’s students praise her commitment to high standards, her dedicated mentorship, and her unwavering encouragement to help her students succeed. For one, Kelly’s work prepping students who are at greater risk for failing the bar exam typically results in a pass rate exceeding 90 percent each year. And since 2012, her course evaluations (in which students rate their instructors based on how well they help their students, as well as encourage critical thinking) have averaged a 4.8 out of 5, as well.

“All in all, Professor Kelly is a consummate professional who uses her teaching and leadership skills to the benefit of her community, her university, and her profession,” the Administration Committee’s recommendation letter states. “Ohio State can be proud of her work.”