The Ohio State University at Newark

Okdie Receives Prestigious Ohio State Teaching Award

NEWARK, OH, Feb. 23, 2018 — The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Professor Brad Okdie, Ph.D., was presented the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching on Feb. 23, 2018, by Kay Wolf, vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources.

“What I want you to know is, Brad was described as one of the most engaged faculty members at The Ohio State University,” said Wolf. “There are only 10 awards given across the university from 5,000 faculty, and there were over 200 nominations. So for Brad to receive this is really quite the honor. It demonstrates what students think about you, what your fellow faculty think about you and the outcomes of your teaching.”

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students and faculty. Award recipients are inducted into the university’s Academy of Teaching which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State.

Okdie teaches courses on general psychology, social psychology, media and statistics. He supervises as many as 11 undergraduate research students in his lab, the Research & Technology Lab, where together they study the emergence, maintenance and ending of relationships through media.

He is also one of the faculty participants in the Buckeye Generation Learning Community (BGLC). BGLC is for first-generation college students in their first year of study at Ohio State Newark. Students in BGLC take common classes and work closely with BGLC faculty, among many other academic and social benefits designed to help first-generation students be successful in college. Okdie teaches one of the first semester BGLC courses and was attending a BGLC social event when he was surprised with the award.

“As you can see we’re meeting here talking about plans to first year students who are transitioning to their second year, either staying here at the Newark campus or the Columbus campus. Doing these sorts of things outside the classroom are some of the most rewarding things that I do here at Ohio State, so it’s a thrill to receive this award,” said Okdie.

This dedication to students has not gone unnoticed. Dean/Director William L. MacDonald read some of Okdie’s reviews, including, “Dr. Okdie is an awesome professor. He genuinely cares about your success in the class, and is always more than willing to help you do whatever to make sure you understand the content and are doing well. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”

In 2017, Okdie received the Scholarship Accomplishment Award at Ohio State Newark for tenure-track faculty. Indicators of Dr. Okdie's status as a top scholar in his field include an invitation to address the Midwestern Psychological Association, five talks at scholarly meetings, numerous poster presentations, work co-editing a special issue on media for the Journal of Social Psychology, and being asked to review four National Science Foundation grant proposals. He has also made substantial contributions to student research through presentations at the research forum.

Faculty members from Ohio State Newark who received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching previously are: Julie Hupp, Ph.D. (2015), Melissa Jungers, Ph.D. (2011), Richard Shiels, Ph.D. (2010), Dionisio L. Viscarri, Ph.D. (2006), Mitchell Lerner, Ph.D. (2005) and Bruce Mainland (2005).

A video of the ceremony can be found here:

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