The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima recognizes faculty for teaching, scholarship and mentoring

April 26, 2019

Ryan Norris

Doug Sutton-Ramspeck

Kamesh Casukhela

At the 2019 Academic Celebration at The Ohio State University at Lima, three faculty members were recognized for their work in mentorship, scholarship and teaching.

The Ohio State Lima Faculty Award for Sustained Student Mentorship recognizes sustained excellence over several years in mentoring undergraduate scholarly or creative endeavors. The 2019 winner is Dr. Ryan Norris (left), assistant professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology. His students have presented at the Ohio State Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in Columbus, and at several national conferences. Dr. Norris has mentored 10 student projects since 2014. Four of his students will graduate with research distinction in 2019 and four have been awarded Research Scholar Grants totaling $6,000.

The Ohio State Lima Outstanding Scholar Award recognizes a campus faculty member for scholarship representing a significant contribution in the scholar’s discipline. The 2019 winner is Doug Sutton-Ramspeck (middle), associate professor of English. In the last few years, Sutton-Ramspeck’s already impressive body of creative work has risen to new heights. He has published three volumes of poetry and short stories, his poetry has appeared in prestigious journals, and his work has been recognized by several awards. In 2019, he was a finalist for the Rilke Prize for his book Black Flowers, a finalist for Narrative Magazine’s Winter Short Story Contest for “Through the Wall,” and the winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Star for The Owl That Carries Us Away.

The Outstanding Teaching Award at Ohio State Lima is a student-driven honor. For his individualistic approach to teaching each student and challenging coursework, the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Award winner is Dr. Kamesh Casukhela (right), senior lecturer in mathematics.