Katherine A. Black of Canton was honored by the University of Hartford during its undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Black, a professor of psychology, co-chair of the Department of Psychology and associate dean for budget and finance in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, received the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University.
Black is known for the exceptional quantity, quality, and importance of her service to the University of Hartford. Since her arrival at the University in 1998, Black has served on 48 committees and has chaired or co-chaired 18 of them. Black has volunteered her time at the department, college, and University level.
Black helped create a more welcoming environment for diverse faculty, especially through the design of the Jackie McLean Faculty Fellowship program. She recognized the need for a full-time dean of graduate studies, facilitated the creation of the position, and assisted in the selection of the first appointment to that position. Black also co-chaired a committee to develop the University’s Educational Technology Strategic Plan, which resulted in additional smart classrooms, new discipline-specific technology, and a new grant program for faculty to enhance their teaching using educational technology.
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