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K-State Today

February 4, 2020

Kate Wilkinson recognized as Professor of the Week

Submitted by Faculty Senate

Kate Wilkinson

Kate Wilkinson, instructor of finance in the College of Business Administration, was recognized as Professor of the Week during the Feb. 3 men's home basketball game.

Wilkinson joined Kansas State University in 2016. As part of her teaching appointment, she teaches Principles of Finance. It is a required class for most students who come with diverse backgrounds and abilities and many consider it the most difficult class they take in the college. Despite this, Wilkinson has demonstrated a strong ability to connect positively with her students in the larger classroom environment while providing rigorous instruction. To get students more involved in the class, Wilkinson uses and has perfected the "Lecture Based Tutoring" system, developed by Todd Easton, the 2017-18 Coffman chair for university distinguished teaching scholars. Overall, an overwhelming number of students have expressed in their evaluations of her teaching that she genuinely cares about her students' success and goes out of her way to help when needed, even if it is outside of class time.

Wilkinson was selected by the college to receive the 2019 Ralph Reitz Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Professor of the Week recognition is coordinated by Faculty Senate, the president's office, K-State Athletics and the Division of Communications and Marketing. Recipients are faculty members selected by Faculty Senate caucuses. Those selected are provided tickets to a men's home basketball game of their choosing and are recognized during halftime. This is a small token of appreciation for those who teach at K-State.