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Kevin Kearns receives teaching excellence award

Kevin Kearns wearing black suit with red tie

Kevin Kearns has received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). This award recognizes a faculty member in a NASPAA member school for excellence in teaching public policy, public affairs or public administration over an extended time period, demonstrating outstanding contributions and sustained excellence through course content, course preparation, quality of advising impact, teaching innovation, mentoring and receipt of teaching awards.

Kearns is known for his expertise in strategic planning, nonprofit management and leadership. He has presented more than 100 executive seminars nationally and internationally promoting ethical leadership. Along with a Fulbright Fellowship to teach nonprofit management in Czech Republic, he has lectured in Taiwan, Indonesia, Macedonia and Brazil.

He was nominated for the award in recognition of his many contributions to designing and teaching in the Graduate School of Public and International Affair's (GSPIA) curriculum in nonprofit organizations and management, his numerous GSPIA teaching awards and the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and his leadership of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and Hesselbein Leadership Forum.

Kearns will be recognized at the NASPAA Annual Conference virtual plenary meeting on Oct. 29.

Visit the GSPIA website to learn more.