An English professor at Hawaii Community College has been chosen as a 2012 recipient of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching award.
Kathryn “Kate” Sims, who teaches at the West Hawaii campus of HCC, was one of 14 recipients of the award, which the University of Hawaii Board of Regents gave to faculty members at several campuses across the UH system.
The award is given as tribute to faculty members who show an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values that benefit students.
In addition to being an English professor, Sims is also the accreditation liaison officer at Hawaii CC. 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 Hawaii Community College, UH Center at West Hawaii, in 1993.
She was raised in Oakland, Calif., and received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a French minor from the University of California-Davis. She completed her Master of Arts in English and education at the University of California-Berkeley.