Catawba Valley Community College’s drama faculty member Kim Stinson was recently presented the college’s 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time faculty.
Criteria for the prestigious award include effective and innovative teaching techniques, leadership and skill in motivating high quality student performance, effective communication with students and colleagues, support of the total college mission and service beyond the classroom. Candidates are nominated by students, faculty or staff and interviewed by a committee that includes students, faculty, staff and a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.
Stinson became a full-time faculty member in 2010 after proving herself in the classroom as a valued adjunct faculty member for two years. Her initiative, dedication and sense of responsibility are exemplified in the way she approaches her classroom, her program, and her students. Through her integrity, accountability, and dedication to student success, she models CVCC’s core values.
“Stinson consistently exhibits a high level of teaching proficiency because of her commitment to students,” according to her department head Brian Morris. “Kim is able to take students with raw talent and guide them through a process of focus and refinement, resulting in student performances that continually amaze me.”
Stinson is a notable playwright in her own right, and received the 2012 North Carolina New Play Project/Mark Gilbert Award for her play, “Appalachian Geisha.” She is also the North Carolina Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America.
Her education includes a bachelor’s in fine arts in stage management from the North Carolina School of the Arts, a master’s degree in theatre from Miami University in Ohio, and a master’s in fine arts in playwriting from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.
Stinson and her family live in Hickory.