Jason Gainous, department chair and professor of political science at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville, is the recipient of the 2021 Trustees Award.
The award, in its 32nd year, is UofL’s most prestigious faculty award, recognizing faculty members who have made significant contributions to student life. The UofL board of directors made this announcement at its meeting on April 22.
“Thank you very much,” Gainous said. “I couldn’t be more honored. I really owe my students a lot. I can’t believe what I can do.
Gainous, who has worked at UofL since 2006, is a comparative political behaviorist whose research focuses on the intersection of information technology and public opinion. He is frequently interviewed by members of the local, national and international media on television, print and radio for his expertise in political science. He is director of the Kentucky General Assembly internship program at UofL, where he has placed nearly 500 students in the Frankfort House and Senate. He also works with the Kentucky Executive Branch Personnel Office placing students in paid summer positions.
“For most students, their dreams are bigger than a classroom. They want to meet the challenges of the world and the workplace. To help students, experiential learning outside of the classroom is essential, ”Gainous said in his teaching and learning statement. “I saw the importance of experiential learning as the Kentucky General Assembly Internship Program Director for 14 years. … This program has shaped lives by teaching students that they can use what they have learned to effect change.
In letters reinforcing his nomination for the award, students and colleagues have praised – time and again – the unconditional support and contagious enthusiasm he offers to students.
“Despite my dyslexia, Professor Gainous saw in me a worthy student to be taught,” wrote Bryce Kleinsteuber. “As a result, I went from someone who wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my future when I first sat in their Internet and Politics class in 2013 to a PhD student in science. policies now. “
Gainous is a frequent speaker and his most recent book is “Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in American Politics“, with co-author Kevin M. Wagner. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, the American Political Science Association‘s flagship journal for political communications.
In partnership with the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs and Jeffrey Sun of the College of Education and Human Development at UofL, Gainous recently helped develop training programs in the cybersecurity sector for the military, alumni combatants and their dependents.
Gainous will receive the prize, which includes $ 5,000 in prizes, during kick-off exercises at Cardinal Stadium on the weekend of May 7-9.