Kristin Malek receives global teaching award

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Kristin Malek receives global teaching award

19 Aug 2022    

Kristin Malek, assistant professor and event management extension specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE).

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes an International CHRIE member for the individual’s implementation of innovative, creative, and effective teaching techniques in culinary, hospitality, or tourism education at the secondary school, diploma, college, university or organization level. Malek received the award at the International CHRIE’s annual conference in Washington D.C. on Aug. 13.

“I am incredibly humbled to have been nominated and selected by the international committee to receive this highly competitive award,” Malek said. “I believe strongly in co-creation and making each class a true transformational experience.”

At the same event, Malek also received the CentralCHRIE Supporter Award for her work in supporting regional higher education efforts in the Midwest region.

International CHRIE is a non-profit professional association providing programs and services to continually improve the quality of global education, research, service and business operations in the hospitality and tourism industry. To learn more, visit

College of Education and Human Sciences
Nutrition and Health Sciences
Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management