INDIANAPOLIS- – A South Bend educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience has been selected by Ivy Tech Community College as this year’s recipient of the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. The award is Ivy Tech’s highest honor for a faculty member.
The selection of Katherine Kent, Environmental Design program chair and global studies coordinator at the South Bend campus, was announced today at the close of a two-day event for recipients of the College’s annual President’s Awards to outstanding faculty. From that field of 14 regional winners, one is chosen for the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award. The honor includes a $1,000 stipend for instructional equipment and a $5,000 personal development grant.
Kent began teaching at Ivy Tech’s South Bend campus in 1983. Her contributions to Ivy Tech include serving as an advisor to students and writing and teaching new courses. She also serves on the region’s diversity committee and is co-chair of the statewide Global Curriculum committee.
“Ivy Tech is fortunate to have faculty the caliber of Katherine Kent,” said Kathryn Waltz-Freel, Dean of the University Transfer Division. “Her dedication to helping her students, not just learn design concepts, but also helping them explore the world in which they live has enhanced the lives of hundreds of students.”
Kent began her own educational journey at Ivy Tech, obtaining an associate of applied science in interior design. She also has obtained a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Andrews University; a master’s of art degree in interior design and consumer science from Western Michigan University; and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in higher education leadership and administration from Indiana State University.
The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award is named in honor of Ivy Tech’s fourth president, Glenn W. Sample, who also had served on its first board of trustees, co-founded Ivy Tech Foundation, and was the Foundation board’s first chairman. Ivy Tech established the award shortly after Sample’s death in 1980.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.