by Robin Gee
Dr. Ryan Salzman, assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University and member of the Bellevue City Council, was awarded the regional Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award from the Office of Kentucky Secretary of State, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Kentucky Department of Education.
Salzman teaches in the NKU Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership, and has become known his development of innovative programs that engage students in the study of political science.
He leads the university’s Future Leader Internship Program, as well as a summer-away program in Washington D.C., that give students unprecedented access to leaders at both state and federal levels.
The award recognizes a P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator or community leader who has “ade notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens.”
In a press release announcing the award, NKU Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Ott Rowlands said, “This award is a great tribute to Ryan’s work and to his dedication to community, university and the Commonwealth. We are very proud of him and grateful for the work he does.”
Salzman has been an assistant professor at NKU since 2012. He will be presented a plaque on March 16 during the halftime ceremony at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament in Lexington. He also will receive $250 to go towards resources or equipment.
Editor’s note: Residents of Bellevue know first-hand the outstanding leadership and enthusiasm Council Member Salzman brings to his work in our community as well as his work preparing the next generation. Congratulations to him for this well-deserved honor!
photo by permission of City of Bellevue