2023-24 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

Honored for their superior teaching, faculty members are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and selected by a committee of alumni, students and faculty.

Katrina Lee

John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor in Law 
Moritz College of Law 

Katrina Lee is distinguished not just by her extensive investment of time, energy and dedication to teaching, including personalized feedback and practical workshops, but also by her unwavering commitment to inspiring students to make a real impact in law and beyond. Whether incorporating ethics into first-year legal writing or urging students to view research papers as agents for change, Lee’s holistic teaching approach imparts essential legal skills and fosters an environment where students are empowered to effect meaningful societal transformation. An accomplished scholar and litigator, Lee is the author of two law textbooks. She received the Morgan E. Shipman Outstanding Professor Award from the Class of 2022. 

Joe Raczkowski

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Department of Entomology 
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

With his student-first approach in all activities, Joe Raczkowski is committed to providing a rich student experience. From a field methods course taught primarily to high schoolers every summer to his welcoming and engaging undergraduate classes, Raczkowski makes it a point to get to know each student personally. Affectionately known as Dr. Joe, Raczkowski consistently creates a welcoming, engaging and thought-provoking classroom environment that fosters curiosity. Active in the department’s curriculum committee since 2013, he also served as the undergraduate entomology club advisor. In 2015, he received the Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. 

Frances Sivakoff

Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology  The Ohio State University at Marion  
College of Arts and Sciences

Students consistently highlight Frances Sivakoff’s genuine care as she invests time in building personal connections and understanding their strengths, obstacles and aspirations. With a strong focus on teaching introductory biology courses for non-majors, students admire her clear expectations, helpful guidance, dedication to their success and ability to make complex topics understandable. While Sivakoff’s primary teaching duties are undergraduate courses, she advises and mentors graduate students and postdocs, serves on thesis and dissertation committees and runs an active research laboratory. Outside the classroom, she is the Ohio State Marion student science club advisor. In 2022, she received the Ohio State Marion Outstanding Professor Award. 

Mary Sterenberg

Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Communication  
College of Arts and Sciences

Known for innovative teaching methods prioritizing real-world application, Mary Sterenberg enables students to develop high-quality writing portfolios and professional skills, leading to successful career placements. Actively involved in textbook affordability, she received an Ohio State Affordable Learning Exchange faculty grant to develop a free online textbook, Write Like a PR Pro, featuring local professionals discussing effective strategic message development. Outside the classroom, Sterenberg co-advises the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the chapter’s PRactice, a student-run public relations firm. She twice received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Office of Student Life. In 2022, she was named PRSSA’s national Faculty Advisor of the Year.

Zachary Woods

Assistant Professor of Practice, Division of Pharmacy Education and Innovation   
College of Pharmacy

Zachary Woods excels in creating engaging and interactive learning environments that foster student participation and understanding, making complex material approachable and memorable. In addition to his work in the classroom, Woods serves as the faculty advisor for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Class of 2027, the GenerationRx student group, the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and in 2020 and 2022, for the International Pharmacy Experience. In 2022, he received the College of Pharmacy’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and in 2023, its Miriam R. Balshone Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching in PharmD.