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CITL Teaching Honors

In the Spring 2019 semester, CITL began to solicit student nominations for its Teaching Honors. We asked students to identify members of the WKU faculty who, in their experience, have proven to be effective, thoughtful, and innovative pedagogues. Although this is but one measure of the tremendous teaching that happens on WKU’s campus, we wanted to recognize faculty in a concrete and public way for the difference they make in our students’ lives. Thus far, students have responded enthusiastically to our call for nominations and are eager to testify to the many excellent teachers on our campuses. Since it’s inception in Spring 2019, we have received 2358 nominations from almost 2000 unique nominators!

Once a faculty member has been nominated, they are automatically considered to become one of five CITL Teaching Honor recipients. There are no additional materials they need to submit; CITL makes the final selection based on the strength of the student nominations. We are also careful to consider nominations from all the semesters.

Fall 2021 Winners

In the Fall of 2021, WKU celebrated five winners of the CITL Teaching Honors. These recipients represent each of the Colleges.

Congratulations to: Wren Mills (College of Education & Behavioral Science, School of Leadership & Professional Studies), Jay Gabbard (College of Health & Human Services, Department of Social Work), Kevin Owens (Gordon Ford College of Business, Department of Economics), Aaron Wichman (Ogden College of Science & Engineering, Department of Psychological Sciences), and Paul Fischer (Potter College of Arts & Letters, Department of History). 


In September 2020, WKU celebrated six winners of the CITL Teaching Honors. These recipients represent each of the Colleges as well as the Graduate School.

  • Jason Bergner, Department of Accounting
  • Amanda Brooks, Department of Chemistry
  • Reagan Brown, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Jennifer Hanley, Department of History
  • Sarah (Herrick), Scali Exercise Science Program
  • Janet Tassell, School of Teacher Education



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 Last Modified 9/20/21