Kristen DiFate Receives Kemper Award

It has been a good year so far for assistant professor of digital advertising in the School of Communications, Kristen DiFate. Beginning in January 2013, she taught MEDC 3150 Topics: New Media and Social Engagement. It is a course she helped to develop in partnership with the Nine Network. Students who took the course gained hands-on experience in the television studio before and during live weekly broadcasts. She will teach it again beginning in August. DiFate also began a year-long leadership development program as a fellow in the 2013 Global Leadership Academy cohort.

By May 2013, DiFate was one of two full-time faculty members to win the 2013 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was also nominated in 2011and 2012 – pretty impressive considering she began teaching at Webster University in August 2008.

Kristen DiKate, Kit Jenkins, and Eric Rothenbuhler

DiFate said, “It is the greatest honor any teacher can ever win because it comes from students and colleagues.” She also acknowledged other School of Communications faculty members who were nominated praising them as “impactful teachers” who contribute in many positive ways.

Asked for comment, Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications, replied “Kristen DiFate's Kemper award is a most important recognition of her quality and dedication as a teacher; we all join in congratulating her.  It is especially nice to see the award go to one of our more innovative faculty members, something that her students recognized in their letters of support.  Of course, we are also proud that this continues our long string of success with School of Communications faculty members winning the Kemper, and Kristen now joins those prestigious ranks.”

School of Communications faculty members who have received the Kemper Award in recent years include Aaron AuBuchon, Joe Schuster, Larry Baden, Art Silverblatt, Scott Jensen, Bill Barrett, and Kathy Corley.

Here is a link to read the Webster Today article about Kristen's award which includes quotes from students and faculty who nominated her.

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