Local Resident and Ashland University Field and Internship Supervisor Receives National Award

3/9/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ken Packard, a resident of Glenmont and a field and internship supervisor with Ashland University's Dwight Schar College of Education, has received a national award from the Association of Teacher Educators.

Packard received the "Distinguished Clinician Award" as the No. 1 supervisor in the United States on Feb. 15 at the national conference of the Association of Teacher Educators held in Orlando, Fla.

Packard, who said he was excited about receiving this award, noted "It was an honor and a privilege to represent the University and its students in the College of Education."

Packard had received the Outstanding College/University Supervisor Award at the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators awards dinner held April 15 in Columbus, and this placed him in contention for the national award.

Packard, who was superintendent with the Wayne County Career Center in Smithville from 1991 to 1999, has served as an adjunct professor and supervisor of field and student internship at Ashland University since 2000.

Those writing letters of support for Packard were College of Education Dean Dr. James Van Keuren; Joseph Hendershott, director of the Office of Field Experiences and Internships; and Dr. Ann Shelly, professor and former dean, as well as four students.

"Mr. Packard is an excellent role model for our students who are training to become educators," Hendershott said. "He does an excellent job helping University students blend their theory into practice. His professionalism shines through from his timeless work ethic in the field to his ability to organize 10 to 15 field students and interns per semester."

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.