Dr. Jeff Reese is a recipient of the UK Alumni Association’s 2017 Great Teacher Award. Each year, the association recognizes six professors for outstanding teaching and honors them with a plaque and a cash award at a recognition luncheon or dinner. It is the oldest, continuously-given award for teachers at the University of Kentucky. Reese was surprised with the award at the college’s December meeting. He was later recognized at center court on the floor of Rupp Arena during a basketball game. Since 1961, when the program was started, 277 faculty members have been honored. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the UK Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and representatives of the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa.