Sabine Smith, associate professor of German in KSU’s Department of Foreign Language, was among 10 University System of Georgia faculty, alumni and supporters honored at the Seventh Annual Regents’ Award for Excellence in Education Celebration on March 26.
Sabine Smith is one of three University System of Georgia professors to receive honor
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2010) – Sabine Smith, an associate professor of German at Kennesaw State University, has been tapped to receive the 2011 Board of Regents’ award for teaching excellence, one of only three awards given to faculty members selected from the University System of Georgia’s 35 schools.
Smith was designated the most outstanding teacher at a regional or state university. The Board of Regents also named an outstanding individual faculty member representing the system’s two-year and state colleges and one representing research universities.
The Board of Regents honored Smith for her innovative teaching, the co-curricular activities she devises to immerse students in German language and culture, and her leadership in establishing a German studies major at KSU.
“This is an outstanding and richly deserved honor for Dr. Smith and for Kennesaw State,” said President Daniel S. Papp. “She exhibits an extraordinary level of dedication to her students and the teaching profession, and a commitment to the university’s academic ideals. We are very proud of her accomplishments.”
Smith, who holds a Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Davis, joined the KSU faculty in 1999 as the only full-time German professor in the foreign languages department. Since then, the German studies program she helped design evolved into an undergraduate minor at Kennesaw Statein 2000, and became a major in 2007, and now has seven instructors. Enrollment in German courses at KSUgrew from 78 in spring 1999 to 231 in spring 2010.
“Having grown up in Europe, I personally value foreign language and culture study as a ticket to experiential learning and global citizenship,” said Smith, who was selected by fellow faculty in 2009 to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award from the KSU Foundation.
Smith said she works to provide students the broadest possible range of experiences to learn another language and culture, including study-abroad, internships, interdisciplinary studies, speakers, cultural events and service-learning projects such as teaching German at local schools.
“When students exhibit both content knowledge of the language and culture they study and complete a sojourn in an immersion environment they experience as foreign, they have made significant progress in achieving intercultural competence as global citizens,” she said.
Smith and other recipients of annual Board of Regents honors for teaching and scholarship will receive $5,000 and a certificate when the awards are presented during a ceremony in March.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 23,000 from 142 countries.