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Alumna Kallia Wright receives Distinguished Professor Award

Claire Berlin | May 5, 2017

Alumna Dr. Kallia Wright (center) received a lengthy standing ovation from both the faculty and students while being honored with the 2017 Harry Joy Dunbaugh Distinguished Professor Award at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., on Friday, April 28. / Photo provided by Kallia Wright

Alumna Kallia Wright receives Distinguished Professor Award

By Claire Berlin

ATHENS, Ohio (May 5, 2017)—Alumna Dr. Kallia Wright, MS ’05, PHD ’09, was awarded the 2017 Harry Joy Dunbaugh Distinguished Professor Award at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., on Friday, April 28. This is considered the highest honor a faculty member can be awarded at Illinois College.

“At a liberal arts college, teaching well is one thing all professors need to be able to do,” said Wright, the first person of color and international professor to receive this award. “It was quite a surprise and an honor.”

According to the Illinois College website, a student committee, with oversight from the dean of the college, selects the recipient each academic year. Wright, a native of Jamaica, is an assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies at the college and has taught courses ranging from journalism, public relations and intercultural communication.

“Kallia was an outstanding member of our program and demonstrated that through her teaching and scholarship while she was an Ohio University doctoral student,” said Scott Titsworth, dean of the Scripps College of Communication. “We’re so thrilled that she continued her success at Illinois College and are proud that she reached such a high level of distinction.”

She received two degrees from OHIO, a MS in journalism and a Ph.D. in health communication.

Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan, MA ’07, PHD ’09, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was a fellow classmate of Wright’s in the Scripps College of Communication’s School of Communication Studies.

“We went into teaching because we wanted to help people and pass along what we had learned throughout our own education to future generations,” said Quinlan. “When you start teaching you try to replicate the best practices of your own experiences as a student. Luckily, we had a lot of amazing teachers at OHIO who we hope to emulate in our own classroom. Dr. Wright is one of those teachers whom I admire–we have spent many hours sharing lesson plans and teaching ideas. She lights up a room and loves what she does. This will forever be a major highlight and honor of her career that she will cherish forever.”