Last updated on March 13, 2023
By: Thomas Matchel
Dr. Karen Hill has won the award for the Suzanne Osbourn Community College Outstanding Educator Award selected in the southeastern region.
“First, I was shocked, I didn’t even know I was being nominated for the award,” said Hill.
“To receive the award in Dr. Suzanne Osbourn’s name is an honor I could never imagine because she contributed so much to our field of study and the fact that I have even been considered for a prestigious award is unfathomable,” said Hill.
The Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) website states the Susanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award recognizes SSCA members who have made an outstanding contribution teaching at a community college.
Hill was nominated by a former colleague, Dr. Crystal Coel, who used to teach with Hill in Kentucky. Coel is now at the University of Louisville.
“Her career and character embody excellence. I have witnessed students thrive under her leadership and I have read the testimonials from her former students, many of whom credit her with lectures and assignments that have had positive life-changing results. I was motivated to nominate her because she has a solid reputation for being talented, selfless and passionate about student success. Dr. Hill had a choice years ago to leave higher education and enter the corporate sector where her influence and salary would have increased under some “shallow standard” of perceived success,” said Coel.
Hill has won other awards during her career including the Kentucky Communication Association Educator of the Year, and the Tennessee Communication Association New Horizons award.
“This is the first award on this scale…. Those two are state level awards and this is much larger than state because it’s the southeastern states,” said Hill.
The award will be presented to Hill at the 93rd Annual Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront on April 15.
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