Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, a poet who has become a writing mentor to many of her art students, was presented with the CCAD Teaching Excellence Award during a ceremony in the Canzani Center on April 11.
A student nominator said of Kartsonis: “She encourages critical thinking and nurtures an artist’s curiosities, helping us all to see the correlation between the art realm and the realm of literature.” The student added, Kartsonis “empowers her students to want to develop their skills and techniques as writers not just for class, but for themselves.”
Each year CCAD recognizes one outstanding faculty member for excellence in teaching. The award celebrates the exemplary efforts faculty members contribute to the college as a whole, using the classroom setting to engage and enhance students’ experiences. Nominations are accepted from alumni and current CCAD students and faculty.
Kartsonis is an associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Graduate Studies departments. She teaches fiction and poetry writing, contemporary literature and special topics in literature. With dozens of published poems, fiction and nonfiction works, she also has served as editor of a number of literary outlets, including wordsonwalls.net, scene360 and Shades Literary/Art Review. Kartsonis’ collection of poetry, Intaglio, won the 2005 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and was published by Kent State University Press. EmuSeum, a collaborative chapbook with Caleb Adler, M.D., was published by Dancing Girl Press.
“She is, in a word, excellent as a classroom professor and writing mentor. Her gracious enthusiasm for her field as a professor and writer is obviously contagious—especially with students,” said Ed Lathy, dean of Liberal Arts at CCAD.
Kartsonis earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, her MFA in English from the University of Alabama, and her doctorate in literature and poetry from the University of Cincinnati.
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