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Chad Rappleye

Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2019

Chad Rappleye, associate professor of microbiology, has received the university’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, an annual award that recognizes up to 10 faculty members for their teaching excellence. A committee of students, previous awardees and alumni choose the recipients.

“Professor Rappleye provides a supportive classroom experience that pushes students to think far out of their comfort zone, but does so using a diverse and modern pedagogical toolkit and by creating a constructively critical environment for learning,” wrote one of Rappleye’s colleagues.

Recipients of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching receive a $5,000 honorarium and a $1,200 increase to their base salary. Awardees are also inducted into Ohio State’s Academy of Teaching.

Rappleye’s research focuses on the virulence of the respiratory fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum and the molecular mechanisms underlying it.