VSU College of Business Professor Wins International Teaching Award
Published date: October 23, 2014Kim Gower, an Assistant Professor in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University, has been awarded the 2014 New Educator Award by the OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators.
The purpose of the OBTS New Educator Award is to recognize academics who have shown early promise to make a difference in the field of management education through exceptional classroom instruction, educational innovation, and cutting-edge promise and creativity through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.
During the awards ceremony at the annual OBTS Conference in Nashville, Gower was cited for her record of teaching excellence and Classroom as an Organization approach, which involves students in the learning experience through service learning and community-based projects. While at Virginia State, Gower has used this method in the College of Business capstone Strategy class, an experience which has often been mentioned by the seniors as playing a key role in them securing high level, professional positions after graduation.
Gower was nominated by her former Ph.D. advisor and mentor, Margaret L. Williams, dean of the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration. In her nomination letter, Williams wrote: “Now that I serve in the dean’s office, I have an even greater appreciation for the faculty who are able to make learning “come alive” for students, and I know how valuable those faculty are to the schools and universities in which they work…Many aspects of teaching that I have had to work to develop over the course of my career comes naturally to Kim. She relates to students, engages them in the classroom, and challenges them to move beyond their roles as “students” to accept the adult challenges that await them beyond school.”
The OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators (obts.org) is the oldest international professional organization dedicated to teaching and learning excellence in the organizational and management sciences. Society members are faculty at universities and colleges throughout the world, as well as business educators and management consultants.
To be eligible for the New Educator Award, nominees are to be at an early stage of their teaching careers, defined as regularly teaching for the past 5 years or less. This includes individuals who have earned a doctorate degree in 2010 or later and have taken a full time, tenure-track position following completion of their degree.