Kate Ronald has been named the first recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction at Miami University. In 2005 Miami's graduate council proposed the award to recognize excellence in graduate instruction and mentoring.
Ronald is the Roger and Joyce L. Howe Professor in the department of English and holds a joint appointment with Miami's Richard T. Farmer School of Business as director of the Howe Writing Initiative.
Letters supporting Ronald's nomination note that she has been a central figure in improving student writing and in improving the teaching of writing. Letters describe Ronald as "one of the finest graduate educators and mentors at Miami" and say that her work has had a "major impact on graduate students and on the curriculum, both in the department of English and the School of Business.
Ronald received the award, a plaque and a $1,000 professional expenses account at Miami's commencement for graduate students on Aug. 18.
Ronald joined the Miami faculty in 1996. A native of Louisville, Ky., she earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville. She previously taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and has published numerous articles and books on the teaching of writing.