White Named Foundation Professor

photo of Dr. Rodney White

Dr. Rodney White has earned Eastern Kentucky University’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

White, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has received the 2011-13 EKU Foundation Professorship. The annual honor recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.

“Dr. White exemplifies the high standards for quality instruction and academic excellence that this award honors,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said.

White, who joined the EKU faculty in 1992, currently teaches middle grades curriculum and methods courses and human development and learning at the undergraduate level, and at least one graduate course each semester in the University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

In 2000, White was a key member of the faculty team that created the MAT program, which serves as the University’s graduate level teacher certification program. From 1997 until 2001, he served as coordinator of secondary education before a one-year stint as coordinator of the MAT program.

He has served on numerous departmental, College and University committees, including seven years as a departmental representative on the College of Education’s Promotion, Tenure and Evaluation Committee. He has also served on the Department’s Student Recruitment Committee since 1992, chairing the committee 1994-2001.

In addition, White has an impressive portfolio of scholarship, often in collaboration with professional colleagues and students.

“(White) is a model professor in his organization, planning and overall approach to teaching,” said Dr. Dorie Combs, chair of EKU’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “His teaching style not only impacts EKU teacher education majors, but ultimately middle and high school students in our region. He holds high expectations for all of his students, both undergraduate and graduate, and motivates them to high quality performance without undue stress.”

White earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in secondary education from Western Kentucky University and his doctoral degree in social studies education from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

All full-time tenured faculty members are eligible for the award. The selection is made by a committee composed of faculty, and the process provides for a high degree of peer review.

Fifty-two professors have been honored for teaching excellence by the EKU Foundation since the awards were first given in 1988.

Published on April 19, 2011