Jack Groppo, professor in the Department of Mining Engineering, was one of six University of Kentucky educators who were named 2022 Great Teachers by the UK Alumni Association.
Initiated in 1961, UK’s Great Teacher Award is the longest-running UK award recognizing teaching. In order to receive the award, educators must first be nominated by a student. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa, then makes the final selection. Recipients receive an engraved plaque and stipend.
Hart Zebulon, a mining engineering graduate student, nominated Groppo for his subject expertise and because he is always there for his students.
“The primary benefit of Professor Groppo’s extensive base of knowledge and experience is his ability to answer questions with an unparalleled amount of subject matter authority. For students who wish to pursue careers in the fields of beneficial reuse, recycling and sustainability, this is a tremendous asset,”said Zebulon.
“Commonly, when a student needs advice related to an internship or job opportunity, or even difficulties with class, they search out an available faculty member. From personal experience, I can say, when you open the door to the mining department faculty office suite and look down the hallway, you will see a light — the light from Professor Groppo’s office. He is always there for his students.”
UK’s 2022 Great Teachers are:
- Beth Barnes — College of Communication and Information
- Zachary Bray — J. David Rosenberg College of Law
- Olivia Davis — Gatton College of Business and Economics
- Jack Groppo — College of Engineering
- Cortney Lollar — J. David Rosenberg College of Law
- Beth Rous — College of Education
The winners were honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition Dinner, and were recognized during the Louisiana State University vs. Kentucky men’s basketball game.