David Strukel, a lecturer in the UT Department of Communication, was selected as the 2014 Recent Alumni Award recipient for Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services Fifth Annual Hall of Fame Awards.Strukel received a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and a master’s degree in education in 2004 from Kent State.
He is a doctoral candidate in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green.
At UT, Strukel has taught several classes, including Mass Communication and Society, TV Newswriting, Audio Production, Persuasion Theory, Professional Business Communication, Public Presentations and Media Performance.
In 2013, he co-designed a flipped Public Presentations class for the Jesup Scott Honors College through the support of Apple Higher Education using the iPad and MacBook Air.
Before starting a career in higher education, Strukel worked as assistant operations manager, sports director, reporter, producer, anchor and promotions assistant at radio stations in Canton, Dover and Wooster. He also worked as production, program and public affairs director for a station in Clyde, Ohio.
His first education job was as a substitute teacher in the Massillon and Jackson school districts in Stark County. Then he became a special education teacher’s assistant at Shaker Heights High School. As a teacher at Aurora High School, Strukel created the career-technical video broadcasting program and received the Omicron Tau Theta Distinguished Leadership Award in 2004. He received a Wal-Mart Regional Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 after being nominated by his students.
Strukel was one of seven distinguished alumni honored last month during an awards ceremony at Kent State.