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Betsy Kennedy Named Distinguished Teacher

DCOE's Betsy S. Kennedy (Recreation and Tourism Studies) is one of the first winners of the new University Distinguished Teacher Award. Other winners are Terry Kubichan (Accounting) and Nathan Luetke (Engineering Technology). Kennedy and the others were recognized at Old Dominion's annual Faculty Awards and Retirement Dinner on May 6.

This award was created in 2013 to recognize outstanding teachers at the undergraduate level from among non-tenure track faculty members. It parallels the University Professor Award, which is open to tenure-track and tenured faculty.

Faculty members who are designated University Distinguished Teacher will hold the title permanently, be so identified in university publications, and receive an annual monetary award of discretionary funds to support their professional development for four years following their designation. Recommendations for the award are made to the provost by a faculty committee.

Kennedy is a senior lecturer of recreation and tourism studies in the Department of Human Movement Sciences. She joined ODU in 1993 and has taught undergraduate courses on therapeutic recreation, including its clinical aspects and medical documentation, as well as courses on disabilities and aging. Students praise the service learning experiences that she has developed. Kennedy has received a recognition award for excellence in leadership and distinguished service from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Read more about the other winners.