Board of Regents honor Hawaii CC professor Kate Sims

An English professor at Hawai’i Community College has been chosen as a 2012 recipient of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching award.

Photo of Kate Sims

Kathryn “Kate” Sims, who teaches at the West Hawaii campus of Hawai’i Community College, was one of 14 recipients of the award, which the University of Hawaii Board of Regents gave to faculty members at campuses across the UH system.

The award is given as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values that benefit students.

“No one can do this job well in isolation; this award is a testament to the many people who have supported me, and also to my wonderful students who make me look good,” Sims said in response to receiving the award.

In addition to being an English professor, Sims is also the accreditation liaison officer at Hawai’i CC.

West Hawaii Today ran a brief write-up about Sims’ award in their Wednesday, December 5th edition and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald carried the news in its December 10th edition.

Sims has taught internationally since she became a teacher 29 years ago. She worked in Australia, the Cook Islands and the U.S. mainland before joining Hawaiʻi Community College in 1993.

She was raised in Oakland, California and received her BA in English with a French minor from the University of California-Davis. She completed her MA in English and education at the University of California-Berkeley.


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