The 2016 Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education award was presented posthumously to Ohio State Theatre alumna Katie Whitlock (PhD 2004). According to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) website, "the award honors a college-level faculty member whose superiority as a teacher of theatre is recognized by students and colleagues, who has provided inspiration through instruction in theatre to students and teachers of theatre, who has promulgated and practiced high standards of teaching and theatre, and who has created strong and effective interpersonal communication in studios, shops, rehearsal halls, and/or classrooms through advising, mentoring and all aspects of the student/teacher relationship. Candidates should be known for supporting multiculturalism and diversity in theatre and/or education."
Katie Whitlock (1970-2015) earned her PhD at The Ohio State University in theatre history, literature, and criticism in 2004. A model of engaged work as a scholar/artist, Whitlock also held an MFA in theatrical design (sound and costume) from the University of Memphis and a BFA in stage and arts management from the University of Arizona. She was known as a vibrant, insightful, and creative personality, dedicated to rich collaboration with her colleagues and her students. At the time of her death, Whitlock was a beloved Associate Professor at California State University-Chico. There, she taught a broad range of courses and regularly directed. A passionate teacher, she is remembered for working around the clock for her students.