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Mentoring, Teaching to be Topics of Upcoming Presentations

Two King Endowed Professors are scheduled to speak April 21, 2022, at Emporia State University.

Dr. Nancy Albrecht will address “Student-First Teaching: A Career of Kansas Leadership and International Impact,” and Dr. Cathy Grover will discuss “Mentoring: It is What We Do.”

Their presentations will begin at 2 p.m. in Visser Hall, Room 330. People unable to attend in person can contact The Teachers College Dean’s office at for information on how to attend virtually.

Albrecht, a professor in the school leadership / middle and secondary teacher education department, was named the 2021-22 King Endowed Professor in spring 2021. She teaches graduate students in school leadership and curriculum instruction. Albrecht joined the Emporia State University faculty in 2001. In 2018, she received the Excellence in Service Award from The Teachers College.

Grover, an associate professor in the psychology department, was named the 2020-21 King Endowed Professor in spring 2020. She nurtures talent among undergraduate students in her classes, sponsors dozens of student research projects each year and trains and mentors psychology graduate teaching assistants. Grover has taught at Emporia State University for more than 20 years. She has received two other awards from The Teachers College: in 2019, she received the Excellence in Instruction Award ,and in 2008, she received the Excellence in Service Award.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions of the last two years, the university was unable to hold its King Endowed Professorship Lectures until now.

“The King Endowed Professorship allows us the opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty who have had a significant impact in the lives of their students,” said Joan Brewer, Dean of The Teachers College. “I am grateful we have the ability to acknowledge the efforts of these deserving faculty in such a remarkable way."

The King Endowed Professorship in The Teachers College was established in 2019 by Arthur C. Piculell, Jr., to honor Dr. John E. King, the 11th president of the Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University.

The professorship’s purpose is to supplement the salary of a distinguished professor within The Teachers College at Emporia State University. This award is in honor and recognition of the impact that educational leaders like Dr. King have on the lives of students.