Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell Receives 2019 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

Excellence in teaching is a facet of an Ohio State education that is recognized and celebrated at the highest levels of the university’s administration. Students in CRPLAN 3600 were creating plans that articulated the land development process when they were unexpectedly visited by Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Kay Wolf, Chief Communications Officer for Advancement Dan Caterinicchia, College of Engineering Senior Associate Dean John Horack, Knowlton School Director Mike Cadwell and City and Regional Planning Interim Section Head Maria Conroy. The occasion of the visit was to present the course instructor, Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning Kyle Ezell, with the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The award recognizes the most exceptional educators at Ohio State, with particular focus placed on Teaching Excellence, Student Engagement and Pedagogical Innovation. Recipients are inducted into the university’s Academy of Teaching.

Professor Ezell’s work at the school engages students in experiential learning, both in nearby Ohio communities and on the international travel programs he manages. Along with undergraduate studios, Ezell’s signature course, CRPLAN 6010 Innovations in City and Regional Planning, provides students an opportunity to engage in planning practice-related research associated with underserved populations.

In 2018, Professor Ezell conducted two undergraduate studios and a graduate workshop that explored ways that planners, architects and landscape architects can create communities where adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder might thrive. This research has received national recognition, and the American Planning Association has created a “Planning with Underserved Populations” Interest Group based on the innovative work of Ezell’s students.

In additional to the consistent quality, commitment and creativity that is evident in his teaching, Professor Ezell’s students consistently point out the sincere excitement and passion that he brings to the classroom in his Student Evaluation of Instruction surveys.

The 2019 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching follows several recent recognitions that Ezell has received for his exemplary teaching and service within higher education and the planning profession. He is the recipient of the Ohio State University College of Engineering’s Charles McQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2014; the 2015 Vernon Deines Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan from American Planning Association; and a Faculty Award for University Community Members Who Have Made a Positive Influence on Ohio State Students, presented by Residence on 10th Hall (2014).

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