Dr. Kane receives Excellence in Teaching Award
Every year, a professor is selected to receive the Niagara University Excellence in Teaching Award. This year’s recipient is Dr. Robert Kane, associate professor of history, who was also voted as one of the top 20 intriguing professors in the spring 2012 edition of NU’s Random Magazine. Candidates for the ETA are nominated by their peers and the winner is chosen by a panel of the past three winners.
As a history professor, Kane’s focus is on U.S. and Japan relations during World War I, with particular interest in race and democracy. He also teaches other Asian history classes, and enjoys teaching modern Japan, having previously lived there.
Kane will address the incoming freshman class next year at convocation. He stated that his “message is going to be that when you come to college you have a lot of opportunity. At Niagara you have a lot more than you would at a larger university.” He also added that the opportunities at Niagara are unique because of the mission of the university and its strong Vincentian values.
Kane reflected on his own experience when he was attending Williams College as an undergraduate. He gave insight into how his time as an undergraduate helped him become more mature and that even though it was a hard transition, he is thankful for his experience.
Dr. Thomas Chambers, associate professor and chair of the history department, described Kane as a “great teacher with innovative methods who, at the same time, is highly rigorous,” allowing him “to both grab people’s attention and tell a story and weave a narrative.” Chambers said he is impressed with Kane’s accomplishments and his ability to present arguments to his students.