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Outstanding Faculty Award

Kappa Alpha Theta is proud to recognize ten outstanding faculty members for their contributions to colleges and universities where Theta chapters are present. Professors are carefully chosen for this award among a pool of distinguished nominees who were nominated by Kappa Alpha Theta chapters across the United States and Canada via an official nomination and selection process. Chapters were asked to select one nominee based on his or her passion to inspire students and actions that connect to Theta aspirations: intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, commitment to service, and personal excellence. Candidates are not limited by gender, fraternity or sorority affiliation (or non-affiliation), disciplinary expertise, or number of Thetas taught.

Commitment to higher education and scholarship, as demonstrated by these faculty members, is also a cornerstone of Kappa Alpha Theta’s mission. This shared commitment—and the desire to honor individuals who have left an indelible mark the lives of Thetas across the continent—was the impetus to establish the Kappa Alpha Theta Outstanding Faculty Award.

Read the press release (PDF)  announcing the 2015-16 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients.


Dr. Dina Badie
Dr. Dina Badie, Centre College

Epsilon Eta Chapter members state, "In class, Dr. Badie challenges our members to the highest level of scholarship and serves as an exceptional role model for academic excellence. Her dedication to social, intellectual, and moral growth is unquestionable, further demonstrating her qualities as an outstanding faculty member. She inspires all Thetas, even those who have not had the opportunity to take one of her classes, by serving as a champion for women’s achievement and, ultimately, as an example of the leading women we want to become."

Dr. Jean Blocker
Dr. Jean Blocker, University of Tulsa

Dr. Blocker is not a teacher who simply teaches out of a text book; instead, she instills critical-thinking skills. In the words of one of the Gamma Tau Chapter members who has taken several of her classes, "Dr. Blocker pushed us to identify what we believe and why. Within the course of a semester, she reshaped and remolded my view on people and society."

Dr. Danielle Champney
Dr. Danielle Champney, Cal Polytechnic State University

Dr. Champney has been described by many Zeta Theta chapter members as one of the most genuine teachers they have encountered. One said, "She cares about her students and their personal lives beyond the classroom. She is a really awesome professor and has always been very helpful, especially in office hours and has even offered to help with math for classes other than the ones she teaches."

Camille Hailey, JD.
Camille Hailey, JD., Texas A & M University

In their nomination, Delta Omega Chapter members wrote, "She sees the potential in each of her students and then pushes them to attain the highest level of learning and understanding. Students in her classes never fail to find real-life, personal applications of the content they learn through her courses." Of her Theta students, Hailey wrote, "The intellectual curiosity, ambitions and work ethic I see in these young women is unparalleled. I am greatly honored to have received this award from such a talented group of young women."

Dr. Colette Heald
Dr. Colette Heald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From a Zeta Mu Chapter member: "Colette has taught me how much fun it can be to investigate a scientific problem. She sets aside an hour every single week to sit down with me and talk through the process. Colette is truly an amazing mentor, professor, and role model. As a young female faculty member, she is a wonderful role model for many female engineers at MIT, an amazing professor, and an irreplaceable advisor."

Dr. Isaac Hunter
Dr. Isaac Hunter, College of Idaho

"Professor Isaac is constantly inspiring his students to open up and be real," says an Eta Eta Chapter member. "He doesn't want us to create surface-level relationships, but rather deep, meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime. He shows what it means to serve on a campus and constantly shows leadership not only as a young person in academia, but also as a leader who encourages us to dream big."

Dr. Mitch McVey
Dr. Mitch McVey, Tufts University

Professor McVey believes that the most effective way to teach biology is to engage students in the research process and to make them feel included in the scientific community. "If you are stressed about classes or searching for jobs, you can feel completely comfortable talking through issues with him," says an Eta Psi Chapter member. "He will not only give great advice, but he also has the ability to make everyone feel more at ease, regardless of the problem a person is dealing with."

Dr. Mike Moorhouse
Dr. Mike Moorhouse, University of Florida

Within the classroom, Dr. Moorhouse encourages students to challenge conventional thinking when examining social problems and health disparities. "He is inclusive, open-minded, and encourages genuineness and whole-hearted passion in all of the efforts one puts forward during one’s lifetime," says a Delta Theta Chapter member.

Dr. Tien Roehling
Dr. Tien Roehling, University of the Pacific

According to Phi Chapter members, "Professor Roehling's ability to remain a commanding leader while also creating an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration is a skillset that is extremely helpful in the professional world. She understands that students learn by being active participants in their education. Through in-class discussion, she helps students navigate the field of engineering in ways that help us understand what it truly means to be an ethical and moral professional engineer."

Dr. Colleen Spurling
Dr. Colleen Spurling, University of Connecticut

"Our chapter sees Dr. Spurling as the epitome of a leading woman," say members of Gamma Zeta Chapter. "A leading woman encourages others to move forward, while also ensuring that those who fall behind are not forgotten. Theta aspires to see women reach their full potential, no matter where they come from. Dr. Spurling supports the victories of successful students, but gives ample attention and opportunities to those who struggle. She brings out the best in herself in order to bring out the best in those around her."