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K-State Today

October 26, 2022

College of Education professor of practice and veteran receives excellence in service award

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Dustin Meritt

We've all heard of a merit award, but the College of Education is proud to announce a Meritt award.

Dustin Meritt, professor of practice and doctoral student of curriculum and instruction, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Kathryn A. Holen Excellence in Service Award.

"Dustin is such an incredible asset to our college," said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. "His military and teaching experience are exemplary, and when you combine that with the person he is — a seemingly endless fount of energy, ideas, and service — a true picture of how special he is. We are grateful for everything he has brought to the college."

Some of Meritt's service activities include:

  • Chair of the college's military initiatives committee and military contact.
  • EdCats Live host and coordinator
  • CAMINO Ecuadorian scholar's mentor.
  • K-State Athletics Extra Yard for Teachers assistant coordinator/selection official.
  • Assistant director of the Kansas Transition to Teaching program.
  • Co-chair of the AACTE Military Affiliation and Educator Preparation Topical Action Group.
  • Local volunteer for No Stone Unturned and Oliver Brown Elementary.
  • Youth sports coach.

"I feel that service is such an important part of not only our jobs, but our lives," Meritt said. "The College of Education has given me a great platform and numerous opportunities to be involved in a variety of organizations."