GSPIA’s Kearns wins national teaching award

Kevin Kearns, a faculty member in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs since 1987, has received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

This award recognizes excellence in teaching public policy, public affairs or public administration over an extended time period, demonstrating outstanding contributions and sustained excellence through course content, course preparation, quality of advising impact, teaching innovation, mentoring and receipt of teaching awards.

Kearns is known for his expertise in strategic planning, nonprofit management and leadership. He has presented more than 100 executive seminars nationally and internationally promoting ethical leadership. Along with a Fulbright Fellowship to teach nonprofit management in the Czech Republic, he has lectured in Taiwan, Indonesia, Macedonia and Brazil.

He was nominated for the award by GSPIA Dean Carissa Slotterback in recognition of his many contributions to designing and teaching in the school’s curriculum in nonprofit organizations and management, his numerous GSPIA teaching awards and the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and his leadership of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and Hesselbein Leadership Forum.

Kearns will be recognized at the NASPAA Annual Conference virtual plenary meeting on Oct. 29.

Visit the GSPIA website to learn more.