Caroline Kahler is the 2010-11 recipient of the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching at Bethany College. Kahler has been a member of the Bethany faculty since 1988 and is a professor of art, the art department chair, and the Mary J. Mingenback Distinguished Professor of Art.
“I am pleased and honored to receive this award,” said Kahler. “My service to students and the college has been my privilege and honor for the past twenty-three years.”
Eugene Bales, provost and dean of the college, presented the award, noting, “Caroline is known for her high work ethic.” He quoted several students who nominated Kahler as saying “she [Kahler] is always willing to answer questions and goes the extra mile for students” and “she cares about her students inside and out.”
Kahler received her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Wichita State University, her Master of Art in creative arts, textiles from Purdue University, and her Bachelor of Science in art education from Kutztown State College.
At Bethany, Kahler teaches classes in ceramics, jewelry, crafts, gallery practice, and art education, and she supervises student teachers. She received the Mortvedt Distinguished Teaching and Campus Leadership Award in 2000, and she co-chaired the Higher Learning Commission self-study at Bethany. Kahler’s work is shown regionally and nationally and can be found in several museums and private collections. She regularly serves as a juror and panelist for state and regional art events.
Bales said, “Caroline has worked tirelessly with students year after year. Bethany College has been wonderfully served by her.” Kahler will resign her position at the end of this academic year to become professor and chair of the art department at Southeast Missouri State University.
“I will take incredible memories and learned experiences from Bethany to my new position. Bethany will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Kahler.
Don and Alice Humphreys of Great Bend, Kan., established the award in memory of their daughter, Meredy, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Bethany in 1991. Meredy died in March 2002. The award includes a cash grant for the recipient.