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College of Human Ecology

Five professors tapped for highest college awards

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dean John Buckwalter announced Friday the recipients of the four top faculty awards in the College of Human Ecology.

The awardees are:

  • Amber Vennum - Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development;
  • Gayle Doll - Myers-Alford Teaching Award;
  • Elizabeth Kiss - Faculty Extension Excellence Award;
  • Kevin Roberts – Faculty Research Excellence Award; and
  • Migette Kaup - Faculty Research Excellence Award.

"The College of Human Ecology’s entire faculty is dedicated to producing quality research and providing an excellent education to our undergraduate and graduate students. I am especially proud of the accomplishments of these five family members who have excelled in giving students transformational educational experiences, supporting the university’s research goals and disseminating research-based knowledge at the local, national and international levels,” Buckwalter said.

Amber Vennum

Amber Vennum

Amber Vennum

Vennum is assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services and a licensed marriage and family therapist. The Dawley-Scholer award recognizes her outstanding achievement resulting in the personal/professional/educational growth of students. Recipients challenge students to reach their full potential.

She said her goal as a mentor and a teacher is to help students find their sense of worth, hope, acceptance of self, empowerment and the ability to be responsible and make choices. Working to be collaborative and transparent with students, she tries to give them the tools that enable them to reaching their potential.

Working with students is an incredibly rewarding journey, Vennum said.

She earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University, a M.A. in marriage and family therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a B.A. in psychology at Rice University, Houston.

Gayle Doll

Gayle Doll

Gayle Doll

The Myers-Alford Teaching Award was established to honor a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding ability not only in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, but also in providing valuable information to colleagues, peers and other practitioners in the field.

Doll, associate professor and director of the Center on Aging, teaches gerontology courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels both on campus and online. One aspect of her undergraduate teaching is experiential learning through direct contact with older mentors assigned for the semester to each student. They attend class and do assignments together.

She says her teaching philosophy focuses on providing programs relevant to students and community, giving students and her faculty tools to excel, and respecting each student.

Doll received a Ph.D. in life span human development from K-State, a M. S. in kinesiology from K-State and a B. S. in art education from McPherson College. Her research interests are culture change in nursing homes, physical functioning in older adults and end-of-life issues.

Elizabeth Kiss

Elizabeth Kiss

Elizabeth Kiss

Kiss, assistant professor, was selected for the Extension excellence award for her work in Prepare Kansas, an online challenge designed to help individuals and families be better prepared for disasters.

“If families are prepared – by creating a financial grab and go kit, developing emergency communications plans and more – they will recover faster from disasters such as tornadoes and floods,” she said.

She received Ph.D. and M. S. degrees in human resources and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a B.S. degree in foods in business from the same university and a B. S. in history from Iowa State University.

Her areas of specialization are family resource management, family and consumer economics and personal financial planning. In her Extension work, Kiss applies research-based knowledge to practical situations that will improve the lives of Kansans.

Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts

Roberts, associate professor in hospitality management, received a Faculty Research Excellence Award for superior accomplishment in scholarship, including research and creative activities.

Roberts is recognized for his work in food safety research in foodservice operations that includes commercial foodservice, long-term care and child nutrition programs.

His research and resulting service and leadership roles have allowed him to play an essential role in addressing critical food safety issues across the United States, he said.

He earned a Ph.D. in foodservice and hospitality management from K-State and M. S. and B. S. degrees from Iowa State University. He is director of the undergraduate hospitality management program and director of the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs.

Migette Kaup

Migette Kaup

Migette Kaup

Kaup, associate professor in interior design, received a Faculty Research Excellence Awards for superior accomplishment in scholarship, including research and creative activities. She is honored for her work in environmental and organizational design strategies to support person-centered practices in long-term care.

“Long-term care services in America are undergoing extreme pressures to re-conceptualize institutional settings for frail senior citizens,” she said.

Her work and collaborative partnerships focused on achieving significant and positive impact for people who live and work in long-term care setting. Kaup has reported on the work to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Gerontological Society of America, the World Congress on Gerontology & Health Issues and others.

Kaup received a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she also received a certificate in applied gerontology. She has a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in interior design degrees from K-State.

The college mission is to discover, disseminate and apply knowledge to meet basic human needs and improve the human condition through a wide variety of programs that also includes dietetics, human nutrition, kinesiology, textiles and apparel, personal financial planning, early childhood education, communication sciences and disorders and consumer behavior.

This article was posted on Monday, March 9, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, Center on Aging, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Hospitality Management.