Kim Floyd, associate professor in the WVU School of Counseling and Well-Being, has been awarded the Teacher Education Division (TED) Social Justice Award in recognition of her significant contributions to special education, teacher education, and the TED organization. The award ceremony took place in Long Beach, Calif., in October of 2023.
Floyd, a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award at WVU, has consistently demonstrated her commitment to advancing education through dynamic and timely curriculum development. Her teaching practices focus on socially and culturally responsive methods, earning her a reputation for excellence in the field.
Among her notable achievements, Floyd serves as a Teaching and Learning Commons faculty mentor, providing valuable support and resources to enhance the teaching tools of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, both on-campus and online. Additionally, she actively contributes to WVU's LGBTQ+ Commission, delivering essential on-campus and virtual training sessions.
Recognized for her multifaceted efforts, Floyd is a Title IV faculty advisor, collaborating closely with the WVU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to address and mitigate potential Title IV violations. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Collaborative Assistive Technology Education Lab and online outreach program within the School of Counseling and Well-Being.
Furthermore, Floyd's dedication extends to her role as co-coordinator of the American Council on Rural Special Education, where she invests countless hours supporting special educators and overseeing the organization's annual special education teacher conference.
"I am very fortunate to have a career where my work and efforts help to support individuals that need and deserve a voice,” Floyd said. “The need for advocacy and social justice for marginalized groups has never been more important than now, and I am thankful that I have the opportunity to influence the lives of individuals with exceptionalities and their families in my work at WVU. I am honored by this award and will continue promoting equity and inclusion for everyone."