Dr. Sarah Kennedy Wins College Award


9On Thursday April 7th, Dr. Sarah Kennedy was awarded 2019 Artis Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship and Service College of Science and Technology at a dinner program arranged by Mrs. Nancy Artis ’73.  

During the dinner, Dr. Kennedy was described by Mrs. Artis as a faculty member who is dedicated to excellence in student-centered scholarship and service and who takes full advantage of leadership opportunities. “Her scholarship is impressive” stated Mrs. Artis. “She has co-authored a book chapter published by the American Chemical Society, and she has recently published a paper in Journal of Chemical Education as well as a research article in Biochemistry. She made a presentation at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in 2018 and two research presentations at national American Chemical Society meetings in April 2017. She was also awarded a REALISE kickbox mini-grant as well as funding from High Impact Practices.”

Mrs. Artis continued to recall Dr. Kennedy’s accomplishments by stating “Her service contributions demonstrate her dedication to student success, pedagogical innovations and inclusive excellence. She is a Core Leadership Team member of Radford University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence grant program, entitled REALISE, that is now in its second of five years of funding.  She led the effort within the Chemistry Department to redesign the introductory chemistry laboratory curriculum in the summer of 2018.  She was the coordinator of the STEMed book club in the Artis College that met during the fall 2018 semester to discuss the book Breakthrough Strategies by Kathleen Ross, and she is leading the spring 2019 STEMed book club discussion of Teach Students How to Learn by Saundra McGuire. In December of 2018, she was selected as one of three finalists to be interviewed for the inaugural Presidential Fellows program here at Radford University.”

In addition to these many accolades, Dr. Kennedy was also noted for her leadership through assembling a team of five faculty members from the Artis College to attend the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Broadening Participation Institute during March 22-24, 2019.  Attending the CUR Broadening Participation Institute required submission of an action plan to broaden participation of underrepresented groups through inclusive excellence, and she has demonstrated that inclusive excellence is one of her professional passions.    

On March 16, Dr. Kennedy also learned that she has been accepted as a participant in the 2019 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute II, to be held July 9-14, 2019, at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland. This STEM Leadership Institute is uniquely designed to provide a distinctive opportunity to develop leadership capacity in acting as an agent of change in transformation of STEM higher education within a faculty member’s department, institution and the nation. She will be joining other accomplished STEM faculty from a diverse array of institutions where she will be exposed to a carefully coordinated blend of theory and practice related to issues of critical national importance.  

Her department service includes membership on the General Chemistry Steering Committee, Library Liaison and as a member of the Search Committee for the REALISE Chemistry postdoc. She also advises twelve chemistry majors, assists with the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair and taught in the Summer Bridge Program of 2018.

Apr 7, 2019
David Horton