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Kelting Named Ring Award Winner


Lauded by students for her emphasis on teaching students the value of ethics in the business world, Katie Kelting, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing in the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, has been named as this year’s Nancy McNeir Ring Award winner.

Katie Kelting, Ph.D.

Katie Kelting, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing in the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, has been a SLU faculty member since 2016. She is the 2019 Nancy McNeir Ring Award winner and will speak at SLU's mid-year commencement in December. Photo by Kelly Siempelkamp

As the recipient of one of Saint Louis University’s highest teaching honors, Kelting will deliver the keynote address at SLU’s 2019 midyear commencement on Friday, Dec. 13. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Chaifetz Arena.

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“As a teacher that embodies passion, loyalty, and commitment, Dr. Katie Kelting displays special dedication to her students,” a student who nominated Kelting for the award wrote. “Dr. Kelting is not only committed to the achievement of her students in school, but she is also enthusiastic about supporting her students outside of the classroom.”

Kelting joined the faculty at the Chaifetz School of Business in July 2016, and is director of the school’s Behavioral Research Lab. As part of the business school community, she serves on many committees including the Academic Honesty Committee and the Diversity Committee.

On a national level, she is a Women in the Marketing Academy Fellow, among her many fellowships.

Kelting’s research interests include private label branding, prosocial behavior, celebrity advertising and fluency, and she has written numerous scholarly papers and presentations on these topics. In addition to her scholarly publications, she has written pieces for the websites of magazines such as Forbes and Elle.

Students have noted that Kelting “emphasizes the importance of ongoing discussions of ethics and decision-making in the real world and how that makes SLU students different and special as they go forward in their life after college.”

In one nomination letter, a student wrote that Kelting’s engaged, personal approach to teaching reinforced the joy learning held for her.

Kelting earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Florida. She completed her doctorate at Indiana University in 2011. Previously, she was an assistant professor of marketing in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

The Nancy McNeir Ring Award was established in 1966 to honor the University’s first dean of women, who was known for her devotion to students. It is presented annually to a member of the faculty who displays a special dedication to students both inside and outside the classroom. It is the only student-initiated and sponsored teaching award at SLU that encompasses all colleges and schools of the University.