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Daniel Castaneda Awarded Distinguished Teaching Award

Posted Jun. 1, 2010

Kent State University at Stark recently announced the recipient and finalists of the 2009-10 Distinguished Teaching Award and the recipient of the Award of Distinction. These honors were presented during the Spring 2010 Commencement.

“Kent State Stark takes great pride in our outstanding faculty, particularly exemplified by this year’s group that was nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award and Award of Distinction,” says Interim Dean Ruth Capasso. “They are instructors who are consistently praised by students for their knowledge, commitment to student learning and passion for teaching.”

This year’s recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, a tribute which is presented to full-time Kent State Stark professors, is Daniel Castaneda, Ph.D., an assistant professor of modern and classical language studies. A resident of Canton and employed at the campus since fall 2007, his most recent position was as a spanish graduate teaching assistant for West Virginia University, Morgantown, where he received two master’s in secondary education and foreign languages and a doctorate degree in technology education. His bachelor’s degree in education was earned at Universidad de Piura (Piura, Peru). At Kent State Stark, he instructs courses in elementary and intermediate Spanish, Spanish grammar and composition and Spanish reading and conversation. In addition, Castaneda is the faculty advisor to the Spanish Club.

Included in the numerous nominations submitted for Castaneda, one student wrote, “Dr. Castaneda is a fantastic professor. Typically, I’m not very analytical with a foreign language, but my mind was constantly engaged. Highly recommended!!” In reference to instructor characteristics, another student wrote, “The professor went above and beyond what he had to do, as far as being available for individual consultation.”