Elizabeth A. Kessel, Ph.D., of Falls Church, Va., this month received emerita status from the Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees.
The trustees awarded the designation to Kessel, a distinguished senior lecturer and professor of history at AACC, in recognition of her significant contributions to the college and outstanding performance in the areas of teaching effectiveness, department service, college/community service and professional development. Kessel retired in June 2011 after providing 23 years of service to the college and teaching an estimated 2,000 students.
She created the course “History of Women in America” that became one of the college’s first offerings in its Women’s Studies program and served as director from 1989-1993 of the college Center for the Study of Local Issues, elevating its status as a source for surveys of local views and leading to a presentation about its initiatives at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Leadership 2000 Conference.
Kessel consistently received top evaluations from students and recognition for her effective teaching style. Her participation on college committees was extensive and included service as the first faculty ombudsperson for the college. In the area of professional development, Kessel researched and published more than 25 articles, papers, book reviews and presentations on her area of expertise: German migration and political and cultural evolution on the Appalachian frontier.
Nationally, Kessel was the first community college faculty member elected to the executive committee of the Organization of American Historians and served on a 12-member national committee that revised the advanced placement U.S. history course.