DiFate Wins Second Teaching Award

It’s been an exceptional year for School of Communications assistant professor of digital advertising Kristen DiFate. In May, she won the 2013 Kemper Excellence in Teaching Award. She was one of two full-time and two part-time faculty members at Webster University to be recognized with this prestigious award. 

She recently learned she also won the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.  

The award recognizes college professors and elementary school teachers in the St. Louis metropolitan area “who are examples of excellence in their fields.” DiFate is among only 103 recipients of the 2013 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. 

When asked about DiFate's award, Gary Ford, Chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism, said “It’s an honor for a faculty member of Webster University's School of Communications to be recognized for her accomplishments in the classroom by an organization that values education at all levels.”

DiFate’s award will be formally announced at a ceremony and reception on Sunday, November 10 at the Ritz-Carlton. She will receive an engraved Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award–a Tiffany crystal apple.

Kristen DiFate has been a faculty member at Webster University since August 2008.

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students in three academic departments to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communication. The School provides a hands-on approach to learning that is grounded in the University's liberal arts foundation and commitment to global education. Sixteen undergraduate degree programs, five graduate degree programs, 13 minors, and 14 certificates cover a wide array of communication specialties. They are taught by faculty who are theorists, artists, and practitioners. Students work with professional-grade media equipment, take courses at Webster's U.S., European and Asian campuses, participate in robust field experiences and internships, and, along with faculty and alumni, are frequently recognized for their academic and professional accomplishments.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit US-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military, online and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.