Kimberly Bess Receives Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award
The Center for Teaching is very proud to report that Kimberly Bess, Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Development, has received the 2012 Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award from the Tennessee General Assembly for her research with the Martha O’Bryan Center and Nashville Promise Neighborhood.
The CFT was fortunate to have Kimberly as one of its Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows in 2010-11. During her fellowship we came to know of her deep and abiding commitment to community-based research and teaching, which is evident in the work that she and her students have done to aid community-based efforts for childhood health and education in Nashville.
With her students, Kimberly evaluated the Martha O’Bryan Center’s “Tied Together” program, a parent education initiative, where they found significant gains made by parents in knowledge related to child development. She also advised and researched Nashville Promise Neighborhood, an effort to link schools, students, and parents with local social services. In this capacity she provided research support awarded to the O’Bryan Center for a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Education, one of only twenty organizations across the nation selected for such funding.
Congratulations to Kimberly for this award! It is a well-deserved recognition for her exemplary practices of community engagement in Nashville.