Commitment, Skills, Enthusiasm Mark Best & Brightest

Almost everyone has a "teacher story." It may have been a professor who pushed you further than you knew you could go in your studies or an instructor who brought a subject alive. Maybe even the one who refused to accept a late paper, teaching you that there are no excuses when you are an adult.

Cincy didn't have to look long and hard to find the Tristate's Outstanding Educators "” students and colleagues were eager to have them recognized for teaching experience, incredible research and an abiding interest in their students.

Nominations noted:

"Really has an interest in students; wants them to succeed."

"Known for her passion for
technology. "

"He brings to his teaching a breadth and depth of experience."

"A scholar in his own right."

"A flurry of activity and intelligence wrapped into one package."

"She often finds very intelligent students who have not been given the same opportunities in life ..."

"Excels in writing, research and scholarship and challenges his students to do the same."

We are pleased to present 27 Outstanding Educators from a dozen different COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES and express the gratitude of the community that they've chosen this path to prepare our young adults, our workers and our neighbors for successful lives and careers.

Publisher, Cincy Magazine


Professor Richard Bales, at Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University since 1998, is an innovator in the classroom, an accomplished scholar and mentor to students. And he has the awards to prove it, including being named the 2010 Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor.

But accolades aside, he sees teaching law as a team sport, like baseball. "What I do inside and outside the classroom would not be possible without the incredible support of faculty colleagues, support staff, administrators "¢ and of course our exceptional students," he says. He reaps his teaching rewards "watching my students accomplish more than they ever thought possible, both in school and after they have graduated." 

The key to his classroom success is "doing what lawyers do rather than just reading about what lawyers do. Students gain a much richer educational experience, and perhaps, more importantly, learn how to teach themselves about law practice," says Chase Dean Dennis R. Honabach.

For example, in one class he divides civil procedure students into mediation, arbitration and litigation groups and leads them through a series of semester-long simulation exercises on a case such as sexual harassment. In his labor law class, he creates a company with students in the role of employees and himself as president then creates obstacles such as firing union leaders, pitting employees against each other on a pay raise plan to immerse them in the challenges of negotiating agreements in an atmosphere of multi-faceted interests.

The success of his approach is evident in the students' performances in national competitions: all four arbitration teams he coached the past two years have advanced to the national competition, placing third in 2007-2008 and fifth in 2009-2010.


A volunteering stint at Stepping Stones's summer day camp as a teen put Christina Carnahan, EdD, on the path to improving the quality of life for those with significant disabilities. "One individual, in particular, taught me that what you see isn't always what you get "” given high expectations and quality interventions, many can achieve beyond our greatest expectations."

But during her studies to become a teacher she learned another important lesson that steered her toward teaching teachers instead: "When you teach one child, you influence a life, but when you teach teachers and other professionals, you influence many more lives."

"Seeing my students and the teachers I support in the community develop creative high-quality interventions and supports that will ultimately be the catalysts for learning for those with significant disabilities is why I go to work every day," says Carnahan.

Today, as assistant professor of special education at the University of Cincinnati, she's making her mark, "implementing dynamic instruction that moves students out of the lecture hall to applied classroom settings," says Holly Johnson, PhD, and director of the UC School of Education. One of Carnahan's students described her as "a knowledgeable, passionate professor with high expectations. She provided practical/applicable lectures in an on-site, hands-on experience."

Two of her most important accomplishments, according to Johnson, include co-teaching a course for pre-service teachers who receive field-based instruction related to reading and methods for individuals with significant disabilities and a yearlong professional development program for teachers of students with autism and other complex learning needs.


After 20 years as a Kentucky State Police trooper, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, Russ Harney no doubt has a backlog of stories. And he puts them to good use, along with everyday events, to help students grasp criminal justice and law material at Strayer University's Florence campus.

"In the classroom at Strayer, he takes great pride using real world happenings to assist students in their comprehension of the material," says Dotty Heady, dean of the Florence campus. "The students actively listen to him "¢ with both ears," she says.

"Although he is new to Strayer, he brings a wealth of experience to the classroom. He's an accomplished instructor at the Kentucky State Police Academy and a certified police instructor."

Professor Harney earned a Master of Science in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville and has a certificate in Police Executive Development, holding the rank of Major for the Professional Support Troop where he oversees various branches of the administrative division.

His hands-on experience in the field and his administrative training equip him to give students a look at both sides of law enforcement in preparing for their futures.

"Knowing that adult learners are enthusiastic about their futures and that I can play a small part in assisting them reach their career and personal goals (is the rewarding part)."

"I've been blessed with a rewarding career in law enforcement . . . the classroom was a logical choice to share those experiences."


When Christopher Moyer, PhD, was given the Faculty of the Year Award in 2010 at Thomas More College, he remarked that he was very honored to receive it, given that he "teaches courses that students don't generally like taking."

"I teach the quantitative topics in a business program," he says, "so I frequently face initial resistance to my courses. Many students have convinced themselves that they can never learn math. When I can overcome these obstacles, students not only learn my materials but they learn not to let barriers hold them back."
Moyer, a full professor in the department of Business Administration, "maintains high-quality instruction at both the Baccalaureate level and in the MBA program," according to the nomination. "Both traditional and adult students find his courses challenging and are appreciative of his knowledge, style and willingness to engage them."

In addition to teaching calculus, statistical analysis, linear programming, decision theory and general mathematical modeling, he has also taught a lighter course "” discovering wine "” in FurtherMore, the non-credit evening program, that's allowed him to share one of his hobbies. "These seminars allow me to share my knowledge of wine and food, and connect area citizens with the college," he says.

"I got into teaching almost by accident when I was still an undergraduate. I had the opportunity to teach a class that my faculty advisor couldn't cover, and I found I really enjoy working with students. They are often capable of more than they realize, and helping them see this is very gratifying for me."
Jennifer Anglim Kreder, JD
Associate Dean,
Jewish Art Litigation specialty
NKU Chase College of Law

Richard Bales, JD
Director, Center For Advocacy
NKU Chase College of Law

Dr. Amy Brass
Math Education
University of Cincinnati

Christopher Bryson
Business Administration
Strayer University(Florence, Ky.)

Dr. Christina Carnahan
Special Education
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Kimberly Code
Institute for Talent Development
& Gifted Studies
Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Annie Dollins
Advanced Nursing Studies
Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Maureen Doyle
Computer Science
Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Kristi Haik
Biological Sciences
Northern Kentucky University

Russ Harney
Justice Administration
Strayer University (Florence, Ky.)

Daniel Herron, JD
Business Legal Studies
Miami University

Anthony Iacobucci
Business Administration
College of Mt. St. Joseph

Paul Jenkins, MLS
Library Services
College of Mount St. Joseph

Dr. Christy Karnes
Strayer University (Mason)
Dr. Denise Krueger
College of Mt. St. Joseph

Nina Lewis, M.S.W.
Social Work
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati)

Dr. Linda Plevyak
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Alar Lipping
Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Rebecca Luce
Business Administration
Xavier University

Dr. Jimmie Manning
Northern Kentucky University

Andrea Millette, M. Ed.
Department Chair,
Public Relations
Antonelli College (Cincinnati)

Dr. Christopher Moyer
Business Administration
Thomas More College

Dr. Donna Ruiz
Early Childhood
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati)

Dr. Robert Wallace
Northern Kentucky University

Irene Warren, JD
Sinclair Community College (Mason)

Laura Weber
English/Comparative Literature
Strayer University (Florence, Ky.)
Dr. Pam Williamson
Special Education
University of Cincinnati