Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 154th Commencement on Sunday, Jan. 8. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Dr. Kim M. Campbell and Dean Blackstone from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.
Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Dr. Kim M. Campbell, undergraduate adjunct faculty in human resources, and Dean Blackstone, graduate adjunct faculty in corporate finance.
Dr. Kim M. Campbell is the director of enrollment management for Mount Carmel College of Nursing, where she is responsible for all strategic student-recruitment planning and processing for prospective students. She also currently teaches a master’s-level human resource management course at Franklin University. Before joining Mount Carmel, she served in leadership roles at organizations and universities across Ohio.
A Sandusky, Ohio native, Campbell is a graduate of the University of Toledo, where she earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. She also holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University. Campbell serves on the board of trustees for the Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council and the Breathing Association.
“Professor Kim Campbell is an excellent instructor. She demonstrates her commitment to teaching by thoughtfully answering our questions and using engaging in-class activities to deepen our understanding of the coursework. The support and encouragement she offered me helped ensure my success in her class and beyond.”
Dean Blackstone. An instructor in Franklin University‘s MBA program since 1999, Dean Blackstone currently teaches Global Business Management and recently completed a two-year corporate expat assignment in the Republic of Ireland that focused on international project management. Over the years, Blackstone taught several Franklin courses including project management, decision making and strategic development and made two trips to Oman to teach international business.
Blackstone earned in bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin and an MBA from Xavier University. he and his wife, Beth, have been married for 48 years and have two adult children and five grandchildren.
“Professor Dean Blackstone is a terrific instructor. He creates a supportive atmosphere for learning by providing constructive and positive feedback to enhance students’ understanding of the material. He also gives thoughtful lectures and support, as we approach our assignments. His encouragement and dedication to my understanding of the work were key to my success.”
About the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award
Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.
While more than 100 graduate and undergraduate faculty members are nominated each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of interaction between students and faculty at Franklin University – the faculty members receiving the most nominations are awarded this honor.
These awards are funded through an endowment established by State Auto Insurance Companies in recognition of Robert L. Bailey, who served State Auto for 28 years in various positions, including President, CEO, and Chairman, until his retirement in 2000. Bailey is also a past Chair and a Trustee Emeritus of Franklin University’s Board of Trustees.
Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.
Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.