UITL Associate Director Receives Distinguished Staff Award

Stephanie Rohdieck, Associate Director of the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, recently received a 2019 Distinguished Staff Award.

For 20 years, Stephanie served the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, which recently merged with UITL. Beginning as a Program Assistant, she went on to become a Program Coordinator, Instructional Consultant, and Assistant Director, before her most recent promotion to Associate Director.

Nine of Stephanie’s colleagues contributed to her nomination packet. In particular:

  • She was noted for personally conducted 1,700 consultations since 2003 with 627 unique individuals/teachers, representing over 80 departments across campus.
  • One nominee said, "Stephanie provided a model of how to support teaching professional development by meeting the instructors where they were and helping them to get to where they wanted to be. She showed me how to be empathetic and firm at the same time. She showed me how to be a patient change agent and to understand that substantive change takes time."
  • Another reported, "Stephanie's creative solutions to faculty and academic programs on such topics as course design, teaching in an online environment, program re-development, improving SEl's, just to name a few, are a testament to her wealth of knowledge and outstanding service to higher education at our institution.

The Distinguished Staff Award annually honors 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership, and dedication to The Ohio State University. It is the highest honor bestowed upon staff at the university since its inception in 1984.