The University of Kentucky’s International Center announces the first cohort of UK Global Impact Award winners. These awards honor faculty, staff and alumni who have significantly contributed to the university’s global engagement through research, education, and service, as well as fostering a culturally diverse, welcoming environment that is conducive to comprehensive campus internationalization.
“Global engagement activities by faculty and staff are often seen as something extra. But they are really crucial in fostering a diverse, vibrant community of globally informed scholars and globally competent and globally competitive students,” said Sue Roberts, associate provost for Internationalization.
Nominees for the various award categories have been reviewed by the campus wide International Advisory Committee (IAC) or a relevant IAC sub-committee - with additional review from other campus stakeholders, such as the Staff Senate and approved by Sue Roberts.
This year, a total of five UK faculty and staff are being recognized with Global Impact Awards in four categories:
UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship
- Srimati Basu, Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
This award recognizes Srimati Basu, Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology, for her long record of widely impactful research and publication tracking the legacies of feminist reforms in India. Twenty-five years after the initial publication of her widely cited and influential monograph She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety—a rare ethnography of discourses surrounding gendered inheritance practices, it continues to be a critical academic source as well as resonating with general audiences in India and beyond.
“Basu has conducted research in multiple sites in India over the past two decades, provided expert testimony to the UN and collaborated with several NGOs, and has been successful in receiving grants from American Institute for Indian Studies, Fulbright-Nehru, and the Rockefeller Foundation,” said Ellen D.B. Riggle, chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UK, supporting Basu’s nomination.
Basu’s more recent research has focused on feminist jurisprudence, alternative dispute resolution, marriage, gender-based violence and the intersections of civil and criminal law. Basu’s scholarly work and its dissemination has enabled her to advocate for law and policy transformations and to engage with a global network of scholars and practitioners working on global feminist policy as well as local feminist interventions.
- Jeffrey Seay, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering , College of Engineering
This award recognizes Jeffrey Seay, faculty member in the College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, for his long-standing applied research work around the deployment of various sustainable energy technologies to empower communities in developing economies around the world, after establishing the University of Kentucky Appropriate Technology and Sustainability (UKATS) research group in 2012.
“Jeff brings scholarship to everything he does,” said Noble Banadda, chair of the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at Makerere University, Uganda’s premier university. “He has studied how and why many technological solutions with potential to combat poverty never get into the hands of users that need them the most. With my chemical engineering background, I was astonished by the great interest Jeff exhibited to do impactful research in places where even me as an African would never date to undertake.”
Seay’s applied research has empowered communities in Cameroon, India, Uganda, Nepal, and the Dominican Republic. Seay has produced 22 peer reviewed publications, 32 national and international technical publications and 28 national and international student research awards since 2012, and fostered ongoing collaborations with colleagues at Makerere University as well as at the Indian Institute of Technology—Roorkee and numerous NGOs and sustainable technology companies.
UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Education Abroad
- Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Community and Leadership Development, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
This award recognizes Patricia Hyjer Dyk, faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Community and Leadership Development, for her exceptional and long-standing dedication to leading UK students on transformative, experiential education abroad experiences in the Czech Republic. Dyk developed the Leadership Lessons from Prague (LLP) program in 2012, after being inspired by discussion with former dissident leaders of the Velvet Revolution.
“Dyk has a unique way of teaching and uses culturally responsive teaching most effectively. I can honestly say that she serves as a change agent for diversity, equity, and inclusion for education,” said Christien Russell, a former student and mentee of Dyk and current doctoral candidate at Mississippi State University.
Dyk has guided more than 50 UK undergraduate and graduate students through this transformative learning experience. Dyk’s experience and expertise in the Czech Republic led to her being awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair award in Social Studies in 2013, to support an extended stay at Masaryk. In addition to her distinctive pedagogical approaches in delivering this program, Dyk has shared her best practices in financial management of faculty-led education abroad with other UK faculty through the UK International Center’s office of Education Abroad and Exchanges.
UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Internationalizing the Curriculum
- Melody Ryan, Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy
This award recognizes Melody Ryan, Professor in the College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, for her innovative work and outstanding dedication to internationalizing education in UK’s College of Pharmacy, prior to her assuming her current role as Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives.
Ryan has directed International Professional Education in the College of Pharmacy since 2007. Her leadership in these efforts has resulted in one out of every four UK College of Pharmacy students having participated in an international experience as part of their training. Ryan has also worked to internalize the interprofessional education experiences of undergraduates, graduate students and practicing professionals through her participation in and advocacy for Global Health Initiatives and interprofessional health brigades as part of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Global program in Ecuador. Here on campus, Ryan coordinated an innovative collaborative online international learning course with colleagues at Fudan University in Shanghai, titled Pharmacy without Borders: A US-China Global Classroom.
“Of special note is Ryan’s work with the EXP 510 Interprofessional Teamwork in Global Health course, an effort that she has helped direct since 2012. Under her direction and with small student groups and faculty guidance, perceptions about the life of Ecuadorian and U.S. students are shared, then demystified using a cross-cultural participatory perspective. Ryan’s leadership and close collaboration with her local and international colleagues is paramount for the fun and success of this and the many diverse student perspective activities she administers,” Dr. Tom Young (Pediatrics) and Craig Borie, coordinator of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Global program, said in their nomination of Ryan for this Global Impact Award.
UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Staff Achievement in Campus Internationalization
- Patricia Whitlow, Director of Nationally Competitive Awards
This award recognizes Dr. Patricia Whitlow, Director of Nationally Competitive Awards, in the Chellgren Center within the Division of Student and Academic Life, for her dedication to, and support of, UK students as they apply for highly-competitive national and international scholarships in recognition of their international education and engagement activities.
“It is not just Pat’s success in helping UK students receive international awards and scholarships; it is more a matter of her imparting to our students, with great enthusiasm, the personal benefits of international education and the distinct advantage to students who think, learn, and live within a global perspective,” said her nominator Phil Kraemer, Chellgren Endowed Chair in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence and Professor of Psychology.
Whitlow has successfully guided exceptional UK students to obtaining a range of prestigious awards including the first UK recipient of a Pickering Fellowship for International Affairs, the first UK Rhodes Scholar since the 1950s, Truman Fellowships, Gilman Scholarships, Critical Language Scholarships, and Boren Scholarships. Whitlow is an especially enthusiastic supporter of the Fulbright student program and her efforts in this area have resulted in record numbers of submissions and successful applications over recent years.