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Blair honored for leadership of the English department

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Dr. Kristine Blair, chair of the English department at Bowling Green State University, has received this year’s recognition for Chair/School Director Leadership. Blair was honored at the April 16 Faculty Excellence reception, where she also received $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.

During her tenure as departmental chair, Blair has developed curricula for online environments, trained doctoral students to mentor faculty who were learning to use online management systems, developed a fully online master’s degree in English studies to serve K-12 teachers nationally, and led the development of a new online M.A. track in Professional Writing and Rhetoric.

“Dr. Blair’s contributions to the campus community are widespread and reflective of her leadership style: collaborative, creatively and intellectually challenging, and respectful,” said Dr. Sue Carter Wood, an associate professor and director of the Rhetoric and Writing doctoral program.

Blair is also heavily involved in the community and service-learning. Her Digital Mirror program for adolescent girls in technology received the President’s Award for Collaborative Research with Graduate Students in 2011.

“Though her demands as chair have been great, she remains a stellar and highly productive scholar, adviser to graduate students, teacher and university citizen,” said Drs. Lee Nickoson and Dr. Jolie Sheffer, associate professors of English.

Blair has been a faculty member in BGSU’s English department for 18 years. This is her ninth and final year as chair.