Employees of the month

Judy Eddy

June Unclassified Employee of the Month

Judy Eddy

Started at KU: 1990.

Current title: Program associate, Center for Teaching Excellence.

What that means: Eddy plans and organizes all center events — the Teaching Summit, a conference for new graduate teaching assistants; long-term faculty seminars; one-time sessions on teaching; and visiting scholar visits. She edits all center publications, including Teaching Matters, Reflections and the center’s website, and is the point of first contact for all center interactions with faculty, staff and community members. In addition, she has full responsibility for all budget, personnel, payroll and office management matters and supervises all student employees.

Notable: Because Eddy and director Dan Bernstein are the only full-time employees, the success of the center depends largely on Eddy’s ability to recruit excellent student employees and to give them the support and guidance they need to complete the projects they are assigned. She has proven to be a fabulous mentor. Three years ago, she helped a graduate student learn all the steps needed to plan and organize the teaching conference for new graduate teaching assistants, including scheduling faculty presenters and developing an automated enrollment program. That student now coordinates two conferences a year and has independently developed an automated tutorial on university policy that has become part of the program.

Quotable: A faculty member who has been associated with CTE for a decade said “Judy Eddy is probably the most effective KU employee that I have come across in my 25 years at the University of Kansas.”

Janice Kazar

Janice Kazar

June University Support Staff Employee of the Month

Started at KU: 1985

Current title: Administrative associate senior, Department of Curriculum and Teaching

What that means: Kazar oversees graduate admissions procedures, working with prospective students who seek information about the programs and processing all graduate applications. She conducts initial screening of all applicants, including verification of grade-point averages, determines admission status and maintains a database of all graduate advisees, including non-degree seeking-students and the graduate faculty member to whom each student is assigned.

Kazar is also responsible for the daily operation of the Curriculum and Teaching office, working with vendors and colleagues across campus — in accounts payable, purchasing, Human Resources, sponsored programs and other units. She hires, trains, supervises and schedules student employees and serves as a major resource for the department regarding admissions and operational procedures and personnel policies and procedures for university support staff employees.

Notable: Over the past 12 years, the department has gone through numerous changes, having reconfigured from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to the Department of Teaching and Leadership and most recently to the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. In addition to the name changes, there have been changes in program areas and faculty and a move from Bailey Hall to J.R. Pearson Hall. Kazar has consistently demonstrated her ability to adapt to changes in needs and focus and to engage in creative problem solving with patience and professionalism. In the same period, she has worked with seven different department chairs, adapting to the administrative requirements of each and serving as the institutional memory for the department.

Quotable: One faculty member who works closely with Kazar said, “In all ways, Jan Kazar is a superb professional and a servant leader who has earned great respect and appreciation from those with whom she works.”

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