Dr. Kari Keating, Teaching Associate in the Agricultural Education Program, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the University of Illinois College of ACES Teaching Associate Teaching Award. Keating will be recognized during the College of ACES Awards Banquet in April.
Keating was selected as the winner of this award through an extensive application process. Supporting materials for the application included a summary of her contributions at the program, college, and campus levels towards instruction, student success, and other campus initiatives. Several faculty and students provided letters of support and comments about the overall impact she made on their experiences at the university and in their careers. The application also included a summary of students’ ratings for her courses, a report of her educational philosophy and career goals, and six letters of support from former students and faculty. Based on the criteria for the award, Keating was selected as the recipient because of her consistent teaching performance, her impact on students, the innovative approaches she uses for teaching, the numerous contributions she has made to improve instruction, and the professional contributions she has made to the academic community.
Keating is in her fifth year as a Teaching Associate for the Agricultural Education Program. Prior to her employment at the University of Illinois, she worked for 11 years as the Executive Director on the Economic Development Council for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce in Florida. In that role, she was in charge of growing commercial investments, jobs, wages, and the leadership capacity in St. Johns County. Keating earned her Doctorate at the University of Illinois in Human and Community Development, her Masters at the University of Iowa in Educational Psychology, and her Bachelors in Marketing at Bradley University. She is responsible for teaching six courses in the Agriculture Leadership Education concentration of the Agricultural Education Program.
“As a Teaching Associate in the Agriculture Education Program, I am thankful each day to work in a campus and college community that inspires excellence.” Keating says, “My coworkers, colleagues, and especially the Illinois students empower me to take pedagogical risks. I enjoy connecting students to practical, real-world projects and professional pursuits.”