CHASS Teaching Awards Recipients 2003-2004


Professor Katherine Kinney demonstrates her enthusiasm for the subject matter and her students in every course she teaches. She encourages her students to dig deep into the material and think outside the box. One student described her as, “an excellent instructor that gets her students to think about things a whole new way. She has a great teaching style and the subject matter was very interesting.”

Not only does Katherine receive praise from her students, but from her colleagues for the innovative energy she has invested in teaching. The year-long collaborative course on “The 1960’s and the Vietnam Era” (HMNSS 068) she offered during 1999-2000 is an example of this. It was the first Hewlett cluster course sequence. Her chair explained, “Observers of the course were overwhelmingly impressed” and “The course has become a model and inspiration for other courses being offered this year and next.”

Katherine has also shown her commitment to teaching by serving on a committee to develop new English subject matter requirements for California public schools. It is this kind of commitment that has inspired students and teachers alike.



Robert Perez

Assistant Professor Robert Perez is well liked and respected by students. In the words of one student, “Dr. Perez is by far the best teacher that I ever had in my academic career. He really cares about his students and the material he is teaching. Dr. Perez has inspired me to learn more about many cultures. Dr. Perez is the perfect example of what a teacher should be.”

He has also been recognized for his innovative ways of teaching. In his teaching evaluations, he is consistently praised for the guest speakers in class, and trips to the Botanical Gardens. “The gardens give the student a chance to learn about native food sources first hand, and the speakers shared their personal family history and traditions with the class. This is a class I will always remember.”

The director of the Native American Student Programs (NASP) describes Robert as being, “Extremely helpful with the NASP programs and mission. He was and still is instrumental in referring students that are seeking assistance to the NASP office… Because of his teaching, non-Indian students come into the NASP already aware and understand the history of the Indian people. Students discuss various topics that are taught in his class, which definitely shows their interest. I see that Dr. Perez’s teaching has changed many students understanding of the true American Indian History.”

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