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Zanesville campus’ Slovak named outstanding professor

Karen Slovak, associate professor of social work at the Zanesville campus, has been named Ohio University’s Regional Higher Education Professor of the Year for 2011.  

Slovak, the first tenure track member of the Department of Social Work's faculty at Ohio University Zanesville, has advocated to offer a complete Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree for area residents.

She has been successful in this venture - the degree is offered for the first time this fall. This success was one of several reasons she was honored with this award.

Couple this with outstanding teaching evaluations, a strong research program with colleagues and involving her students, and exceptional service to the University and community and it creates a clear picture why Slovak was named the professor of the year.

Slovak’s research agenda includes rural issues, suicide and firearms, School Social Work, and cyberbullying. She is credited with 14 scholarly publications, including two book chapters, specific to research she conducted. In addition, she has presented at scholarly national and international conferences.

She has held numerous leadership positions at Ohio University Zanesville and has helped initiate two learning communities among her colleagues. She serves on the review board of two journals and is active within professional social work organizations. She is also the co-advisor, with Dev Poling, for the campus’ Good Intentions Group (GiG), which engages in community service learning projects.

Slovak has been a member of the Ohio University Zanesville faculty since 2004.