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Kevin Roberts receives 2013 Presidential Award for teaching

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kevin Roberts

Dr. Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts, assistant professor of hospitality management and dietetics, received the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Kansas State University.

Roberts is constantly looking for ways to expand learning opportunities for undergraduates. He teaches undergraduate courses each semester and strives to relate course material to real-life experiences.

He is director of the undergraduate program in hotel and restaurant management and he has served as the adviser to the K-State student chapter of the Club Managers Association for several years, facilitating tours to local and state facilities where students can network with professionals.

He insists students be classroom participants, not spectators. “It is my responsibility to connect with each student who enters my classroom,” Roberts says. One student put it this way: “Awesome teacher!”

Roberts received his Ph.D. from K-State and his Master of Science degree from Iowa State University. His research interests focus on HACCP and food safety, specifically, overcoming employee barriers to food safety implementation in the commercial foodservice setting.

His research has been published in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research, the Journal of Culinary Science & Technology and other professional periodicals.

Other teaching award recipients are: Brett DePaola, professor of physics; Fred Guzek, assistant professor of management and marketing at Kansas State University Salina; and Vincent Pigno, doctoral student in mathematics. Bonnie Rush, professor and clinical sciences department head in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head. Julie Hunt, academic adviser for open option and interdisciplinary social science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The awards include a $2,500 honorarium and plaque sponsored by the president's office and Curtin Property Co., a real estate development firm with offices in Manhattan and Kansas City.

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This article was posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management & Dietetics.