A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2018 edition of CFAES Monthly.
Suzanne Gray, an assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was paid a surprise visit this semester.
While teaching her capstone course on local and global water quality and aquatic issues on March 1, Gray was surprised by leaders from across the university with an announcement that she is a recipient of the 2018 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award honors faculty members at The Ohio State University for superior teaching. The awards ceremony will take place April 30.
Surprising Gray were Kay Wolf, vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources, Office of Academic Affairs; Cathann Kress, dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Jeff Sharp, director, School of Environment and Natural Resources; and Kim Gray, senior director, The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Also in on the surprise were current students and staff members in the school.
Recipients of the award are nominated by current or former students or faculty colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students and faculty. They receive an honorarium, an increase in their base salaries and are inducted into the university’s Academy of Teaching.