Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award

2013 recipient: Kevin Leonard

Kevin Leonard is a professor and the chair of Western’s History department and has been with the institution since 1997. From 2010 to 2012 he was the chair of the bargaining team for United Faculty of Western Washington. He is a former member of the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. His teaching and research areas include African American history, LGBT history and the history of the American West. Leonard has been an officer of both the Western History Association and Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.  Currently, he is serving on the President’s Taskforce on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Western. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and his doctorate from the University of California at Davis.


2012 recipient: Karen Hoelscher

Professor, Woodring College of Education

Since arriving at Western in 1992, Karen Hoelscher has committed herself to teaching, scholarship and community service.  In 2006 Karen started co-facilitating the Western Faculty Research-Writing Series which has helped 70 tenure track faculty develop productive writing habits, set realistic goals, and find balance in their scholarly lives. As a testament to her ability to inspire others, this year’s workshop series will be comprised entirely of first-year faculty, with mentorship provided by recently-tenured alumni of the research writing series. 

During her career at Woodring Karen has taught in 11 areas, including courses designed for college freshmen interested in becoming teachers and Woodring students in the K-8 certification program. She has also led many multicultural efforts, co-authoring a book on supporting student identity differences, assisting Western students at Village Books’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. “read-in,” and co-founding Woodring’s Diversity Committee.


2011 recipient: Angela Harwood

Professor, Woodring College of Education


2010 recipient: Daniel Larner

Professor, Fairhaven College

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