The national organization of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and the Epsilon Eta Chapter at Centre College have honored Dina Badie, assistant professor of government and international studies, as an Outstanding Faculty Member for the 2015-16 academic year. Kappa Alpha Theta (KAT) recognizes 10 outstanding faculty members annually for their contributions to colleges and universities where Theta chapters are present.
Badie was chosen from among a pool of distinguished academics nominated by KAT chapters across the United States and Canada via an official nomination and selection process. Chapters were asked to select one nominee who provides collegians with an outstanding and inspirational learning experience.
“I’m, of course, thrilled to receive this award,” Badie says. “I care very much about supporting my female (and male) students at Centre and I couldn’t be more humbled at being chosen for this award by a group of such talented, strong, intelligent young women.”
A nomination essay written by Erin Keifer ’17, chief administrative officer for the Epsilon Eta chapter of KAT, laudes Badie and her commitment to Centre students.
“Dina Badie is a fantastic role model for women, and especially for Thetas. She truly exemplifies Theta’s motto, ‘Leading women,’ and this attribute has garnered respect and admiration from our chapter,” Keifer says. “She has become a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, opening new doors for her to engage in public discourse on international politics as a part of her role as a ‘civic scholar.'”
“The Ten Outstanding Faculty program is a visible example of Kappa Alpha Theta’s emphasis on excellence in student development and a positive campus culture,” adds sorority President Laura Ware Doerre. “Since our founding nearly 150 years ago, scholarship has been our highest aim, and we are delighted to recognize the faculty members who help cultivate our intellectually ambitious women.”
Hear Dina Badie discuss the pertinent issues surrounding the 2016 presidential election cycle on episode three of Centre’s new new eight-part podcast series Centre Point.
Pictured above: Dina Badie speaks with host Bill Goodman of Kentucky Educational Television on Centre Point podcast.
by Cindy Long
November 1, 2016