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NKU Professor, Bellevue Councilman Honored by State for Leadership

Dr. Ryan Salzman, an assistant professor in the Northern Kentucky University Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership, has received the regional Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award from the Office of Kentucky Secretary of State, Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Kentucky Department of Education.

“I was honored to learn that I had been nominated for this great award, and I am beyond thrilled that I have been selected,” said Dr. Salzman, who is also in his second term as a Bellevue City Councilman. “There are so many outstanding teachers and professors across our region, so to receive this recognition is truly an honor.”

The Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award recognizes a P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator, or community leader who has “made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens.”

Dr. Salzman has been an assistant professor at NKU since 2012, and has developed a number of innovative programs to engage students in the study of political science.

As a political science professor, Dr. Salzman teaches ideas that can be a bit grandiose for his students. But he embraces the challenge of making 20-year-olds interested in our founding fathers. His goal, he says, is to make everyone care, because if they care, they will be engaged for the rest of their lives.

With that objective in mind, he leads the Future Leader Internship Program – and created a similar summer-away program in Washington D.C. – that brings policy issues to life by giving students unprecedented access to the leaders of the Commonwealth and the nation.

“This award is a great tribute to Ryan’s work and to his dedication to community, university, and the Commonwealth,” said Sue Ott Rowlands, NKU Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are very proud of him and grateful for the work he does.”

As the 2017 regional winner, Dr. Salzman will be presented a plaque on March 16 during a halftime ceremony at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament in Lexington. He will also receive $250 to go towards resources or equipment.

-Staff report

Photo: Ryan Salzman (provided)