Professor of The Month

The Study collaborates with academic departments across campus in order to provide accurate and high quality tutoring to students.  Many wonderful faculty and staff dedicate their time and effort to supporting The Study's mission of enhancing students' academic experience as early and often as possible.  The Study's Professor of The Month (POTM) program is one small way we can recognize a few of our valued partners.

January 2019 Professor of The Month:  Dr. Melissa Pittard, Senior Lecturer in Statistics 

January’s Professor of the Month is Melissa Pittard who is a professor for Statistics. Professor Pittard’s favorite part of UK outside of the classroom is the campus and I think we can all agree on that, it’s beautiful! We asked what would be one word of advice to give to her students, “to change your mindset from trying to get a good grade to learning to love the material" Pittard said. Her favorite class in college was Set Theory and Abstract Algebra: because of the professors. She originally did not want to teach, but when she went to graduate school and had to teach as part of her assistantship, that's when she realized she loved it!

Professor Pittard’s pastor is one of her role models because he shows a lot of compassion for people and comes alongside them but lives with a lot of integrity. She told us her dream vacation, since she loves the beach, is to go to the Grand Turks and Caicos. Wow doesn’t that sounds amazing?! She would also love to visit Scotland because her grandmother immigrated from there. While dreaming about all the amazing places we would like to go, our staff over at The Study wants to thank Professor Pittard for all of her hard work and continuous support!


Previous Professor of The Month honorees:

  • October, 2018: Dr. Nathan Druivenga, Lecturer in Mathematics
  • September, 2018: Dr. Maxwell Ankrah, Academic Coordinator in Physics & Astronomy
  • April, 2018: Dr. Rob Denomme, Lecturer in Mathematics
  • February, 2018: Dr. Pete Mirabito, Associate Professor in Biology

Tutor of The Week

The Study has over 130 amazing tutors on staff and every week we highlight one.  These tutors go above and beyond to support student academic success here at UK.


December 2nd - December 7th: Alex is a STA 210/296 tutor who has done a great job working with his tutees in preparation for finals! 


January 14th - January 17th: Isaac is a MA 113/114 tutor who brings enthusiasm and positivity to his calculus 1 and 2 students as well as everyone who comes into The Study! Isaac also did a great job working with students to make a new, personalized study plan for their course during the first two weeks of class.



January 20th - January 24th: Lawson is a new MA 113/114 tutor who has done an amazing job preparing his tutees for calculus! Lawson is very knowledgeable about his subject and he is always excited to work through example problems with his students.




January 27th - January 31st: Bailey is a General Chemistry tutor who gives encouragement to all of her tutees. Bailey doesn’t let long homework problems get her students down, instead she  maintains an enthusiastic attitude and helps her to tutees to finish strong!