Release Date: July 31, 2009
T&PS Associate Professor Karen Robinson receives Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Karen Robinson, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, has been selected to receive the 2010 Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award in regional and state universities. In 2008, Robinson was the recipient of the Kennesaw State University Distinguished Teaching Award from the KSU Foundation.
Robinson has been a KSU member since January 2000. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and English literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her directing and dramaturgical credits at KSU include an adaptation of the Chinese folk stories of “Monkey King,” “Boy Gets Girl,” and “The Sisterhood.” She also directs regularly at Georgia Shakespeare, where her credits include “As You Like It,” “Twelfth Night,” “A Street Car Named Desire,” “The School For Wives,” “Amadeus,” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Robinson has been recognized as one of the top directors in Atlanta by The Atlanta Sunday Paper.
At Kennesaw State, Robinson teaches courses in directing, performance studies, dramatic literature, auditioning and theatre appreciation, in addition to directing for the department’s production season. “My work, which promotes and creates global learning opportunities for my colleagues and students, is a major component of my teaching and service work at KSU,” Robinson says. She strives to promote diverse multicultural activities in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. “My work flows freely between creating and making art, scholarly reflection and writing, and engaged citizenship in which I seek to use theatre and performance to make the world a better place.”
Robinson says she is proud of the award and her contribution to KSU. “This recognition affirms the work I have done thus far, and it fuels and inspires me to continue expanding the depth and breadth of the topics I teach and the way I teach them. I hope to continue to invest in adventurous theatrical and global learning projects and to deepen the mentoring and supervision I offer all of the students I encounter--all the while continuing to pursue the highest standards of excellence.”The Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award recognizes the finest in educational excellence in teaching and learning in Georgia's public college and university faculties. Outstanding members receive a monetary award.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.