UM-Dearborn community members recently honored Ray Kettel, associate professor of education, on his retirement after 23 years with the university.
Kettel is known internationally for his expertise in the area of children's literature and his innovative contributions to the teaching of reading and language arts.
Kettel's expertise is widely recognized and much sought after - he has been published in numerous journals and served on a variety of committees for both the International Reading Association and the Michigan Reading Association. In 2005, Kettel received the Michigan Reading Association's Teacher Educator Award. Often recognized for his outstanding service, he is beloved by students, alumni and fellow faculty members - receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993 and later the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society's Faculty Member of the Year award.
Kettel began his career as an educator while serving in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer. In 1969 he accepted a teaching position in the Detroit Public Schools, where he served for two decades, including stints as a teacher, reading coordinator, demonstration teacher and language education supervisor.
Those wishing to recognize Kettel's contributions to UM-Dearborn while assisting the School of Education in maintaining strong support for its students are asked to contribute to the School of Education Student Scholarship and Support Fund.
Please make checks payable to the above named fund and mail to: School of Education Student Scholarship Fund, c/o Becky Dresselhouse-Nauss. University of Michigan-Dearborn, School of Education, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126.