Jul 7, 2022
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2022) – The University of Kentucky Alumni Association started the Great Teacher Award program in 1961 to honor excellent teaching at the university. There have been 307 teachers honored since that first year. Nominations may only be submitted by current students.
To receive the award, a candidate must:
A committee of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a representative from the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa select the recipients based on objective rating and ranking of the eligible nominations submitted.
This episode of Behind the Blue spotlights one of the 2022 Great Teacher Award winners. Since working at the Center for Applied Energy Research in the mid-1980s, John "Jack" Groppo, of the UK College of Engineering, has focused on mineral processing work which began with fine coal that had not been recovered because the technology didn’t exist. Today, processing fine coal is common practice. Groppo is a professor and director of undergraduate studies in mining engineering. He is the co-creator of the sustainable campus electronics recycling program at UK. He is the developer of the Center for Applied Energy Research “Energy 101” education outreach for local underserved elementary schools providing energy education with hands-on demonstrations.
He is the faculty advisor for the UK Society of Mining Engineers Student Chapter. Groppo earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining and mineral engineering from Virginia Tech and his doctorate in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include mineral processing, surface chemistry, power generation, and industrial and coal utilization by-product recycling.
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