Drew Shipka earns 2020 President's Award of Distinction
A big congratulations to our Coordinator of Online Learning, Drew Shipka, on earning the 2020 President's Award of Distinction.
The President’s Award of Distinction was created as a recognition program to reward staff members who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to Kent State in advancing the university’s strategic priorities and core values.
Andrew (Drew) Shipka demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication during the university’s transition to the remote/online environment in response to the pandemic. In his role as the Online Learning Coordinator for the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, he worked tirelessly to help develop resources, respond to faculty questions and requests and work with other key staff members to make the transition to remote learning as seamless as possible. Shipka accomplished all of this while continuing to lead his team of instructional designers and educational technology designers.
As a team leader, Shipka did an exceptional job of delegating tasks and being supportive and flexible. He ensured that all of the current projects were attended to in addition to providing timely and effective support to faculty members who requested assistance with a variety of requests as they shifted their course materials into Blackboard Learn. Shipka handled many tickets and email requests and worked incredibly hard to make sure that everything was done in a timely manner. He also ensured that those on his team had what they needed to complete normal projects as well as any tickets we took on to help with the transition. Through all of this Shipka provided continuous guidance, help and support.
Read more about the award and the other recipients here: www.kent.edu/president/distinction/2020-recipients.