Joan Kass Honored with Inaugural Teaching Excellence Award

Joan Kass, a long-time adjunct faculty member in the School of Education's adolescent education program, has been awarded with the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty for Pace University’s Westchester campus.

Professor Kass has taught undergraduate and graduate students in education and acts as clinical supervisor to pre-service teachers of foreign languages. She is deeply involved in programs and initiatives across the School of Education. As an active member of the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative, she works with high school teachers to support teachers in creating inquiry opportunities for their students. Professor Kass has also collaborated with faculty and staff in planning and implementation of the new high-stakes teacher performance evaluations, providing support for candidates undergoing these assessments.

Professor Kass holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received an advanced degree in Educational Leadership from Pace University, and is fluent in French and Spanish. She was formerly the Coordinator of Languages and Secondary ESOL for the White Plains Public Schools

Several colleagues and members of the School of Education wrote in support of Professor Kass’s nomination, all highlighting various aspects of her expertise, and work with candidates to become exceptional educators. Among her highest praise was that for her commitment to the School of Education’s highest values. “She truly models the…conceptual framework in general, and in particular, the belief that we are responsible for our students’ success,” the nomination reads.  “I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Professor Robin Tewes was also honored with the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty for Pace University’s New York City campus. Professor Tewes teaches art in Dyson College of Arts & Sciences. She received a master’s of science in teaching (MST) visual arts degree from the School of Education in 2012.

The Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty is a brand new award for Pace University’s academic community. The Office of the Provost and the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace jointly announced the creation of the award in November 2013, to recognize the critical role part-time faculty play in providing high quality teaching to Pace students.