Posted on April 21, 2011 by Tia Lalani

Augustana Professor Kim Fordham is among 2011 recipients of the University of Alberta’s highest honour for excellence in undergraduate teaching – the Rutherford Award.

Augustana Professor Kim Fordham is among 2011 recipients of the University of Alberta’s highest honour for excellence in undergraduate teaching – the Rutherford Award.

Dr. Fordham, who is also Chair of the Humanities Department, has taught German at Augustana since 1991. She is a past recipient of Augustana’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She is also director of the Canadian Summer School in Germany.

“She is a teaching leader,” Dean Roger Epp wrote in his letter of nomination, “one who brings care, passion, creativity and honesty to the classroom, and one who continues to inspire not just her students, but also her colleagues down the hall and her counterparts in Modern Languages across the country. . . .  She is, in a real sense, always teaching.”

Her nomination dossier highlighted her innovative pedagogy in drama and language learning. Letters from students also attested to her dedication, personal warmth and life-changing impact on them.

“Teaching,” Dr. Fordham says, “is about creating relationships and opening doors.”

In addition to her work in the classroom and as Chair, she has established herself as a scholar. In the past year she has given invited lectures at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt and at the University of British Columbia, and will be a visiting researcher at Berlin’s Humboldt University in 2011-12. She has presented papers at international conferences on the theme of violence, gender and literature as well as on language pedagogy. Her book, Trials and Tribunals in the Dramas of Heinrich von Kleist, was published in 2007.


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5 responses to Professor Kim Fordham receives U of A’s highest teaching honour

  • Lawrence Gordon; Great Uncle. said:
    Apr 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Congratulations Kim, you likely don’t even remember me, I’m your Great Uncle. I am very imprested. Have a great time.

    Enjoy.

  • Yuk Wah Chu said:
    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    A hearty congratulations on winning the award! Have great memories with her as our group leader in Kassel on the CSSG Program!

  • Mark Lindberg said:
    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Kim taught me Germain in 2003-2004, but what I really discovered was how to teach, by making learning come alive. She also showed me what a caring teacher can inspire in others. That’s a lesson I took to heart when I taught ESL in Korea and currently in business with my clients. Her lessons go beyond the subject material and strike a deep chord in the students who attend her classes because she isn’t just teaching, shes leading others from her own curiosity. It’s infectious and it’s fun to be in that kind of learning environment — Augustana is blessed to have such a mentor! I’m very happy to see Kim get this award. She truly deserves it!

  • Trudy Huget said:
    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Congratulations! You are the best teacher I know!

  • Pam Chamberlain said:
    Apr 25, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Congratulations! I was a student of Kim’s back when she first came to Augustana. She was terrific, and the award is well deserved.