Congratulations to Kaori Schau (Germanic and Asian languages), the recipient of the FEN Award for Excellence in Teaching!
As a teacher of Japanese language and culture, Kaori not only teaches a broad range of courses--she also coordinates and promotes a variety of co-curricular and study abroad opportunities in which students can directly engage Japanese language and culture. Each year, Kaori arranges for a language assistant from Japan to assist work as a teaching assistant with Calvin students. Through the courses she teaches, the interim trips she leads, and the academic counsel she provides, she nourishes students’ interest in and appreciation of other languages and cultures. This award recognizes Kaori’s critical role in making Calvin a more informed and hospitable learning community.
Purpose of the Award
The annual From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes innovative and effective efforts of Calvin College faculty to promote a multicultural, anti-racist curriculum. It rewards the development and utilization of creative, original, effective teaching and materials that reflect any of the themes of FEN.
Any full-time or reduced-load member of the teaching faculty may be nominated for this award. Individuals may receive the award only once.
Award recipients have developed or utilized creative, original, effective teaching reflecting at least one of the themes of the FEN initiative: racial diversity, anti-racism, racial reconciliation and restoration, and multicultural citizenship. Award recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated commitment and innovative approaches to teaching the goals of FEN.
- Original contribution(s) to assessing student learning outcomes in these areas.
- Innovative pedagogy that is creative, facilitates student learning, honors the goals of FEN, and addresses current practices, trends, and issues.
- Sustained impact on teaching and on improving instruction and curriculum around the goals of FEN. Such impact may be demonstrated through adopting and disseminating effective teaching practices, developing special projects and curricula, and sharing teaching expertise with others.
The Academic Council will solicit nominations from September through October. All members of the college community, including students, are invited to submit a half- to full-page letter indicating how the nominee’s involvement in classroom or campus activities have incorporated FEN objectives, and self-nominations are welcome; all correspondence must include the nominator’s contact information. Information from the nominee’s faculty activities report may be consulted by the Multicultural Affairs Committee, which will select the award winner.
- Eric M. Washington, History (2017)
- David Smith, Education; the Kuyers Institute (2016)
- Marilyn Bierling, Spanish, and Elisha Marr, Sociology (2015)
- Joel Navarro, Music (2014)
- Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, German (2013)
- Brian D. Ingraffia, English (2012)
- Stephanie Sandberg, Communication Arts and Sciences (2011)