Kim Case (’97)

Category: Accomplished Alumni | Awards

Kim Case (’97) received an Accomplished Alumni Award Friday, October 20, 2017. Presented by Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the award recognizes Case’s contributions to the field of psychology.

Case was on campus to deliver a keynote presentation titled “Toward an Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Faculty Allies,” presented by the Teaching and Learning Center and the Department of Psychology. The interactive workshop encouraged participants to think about and apply new approaches in their teaching that will allow for the creation of a more inclusive classroom.
“Professor Case’s visit to campus to discuss inclusion in the classroom fits perfectly with the discourse we are having across campus about increasing diversity and working towards a more inclusive university,” Lee says. “I am proud to honor her with the Accomplished Alumni Award and recognize her impact on psychology pedagogy.”

In her scholarship, Professor Case addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices, and teaching for social justice. Her first book, Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom, focuses on pedagogical strategies for teaching about privilege through an intersectional lens.

“Educators do not necessarily struggle with diversity; diversity simply exists,” says Ferlin McGaskey, assistant director of the Teaching and Learning Center. “Diversity is part of everything in the world. The difficulty comes in how an instructor leverages the diversity that exists in the classroom and beyond in order to enhance and deepen the learning and development of students. Professor Case is involved in this work. What makes her work even more relevant is the fact that she recognizes and discusses how the intersection of multiple identities and background characteristics can have very different impacts on the learning experience of students.”

With the introduction of #myintersections, a social media campaign developed to provide a platform for educators, students, and others to share their personal intersections, Case and others are raising awareness of individual intersectionality with the goal of prompting discourse about larger issues of societal, institutional, and cultural forces that maintain and perpetuate inequality and oppression.

“Kim Case is a highly accomplished and recognized scholar and educator,” says Deb Welsh, head of the Department of Psychology. “She has received national attention for her work on creating inclusive classroom practices and has been honored with multiple awards for her outstanding and innovative teaching and mentoring. We are very proud that Professor Case received her undergraduate degree in psychology right here at UT and are thrilled that she has made such an impact as a scholar and teacher.”

Case is a professor of psychology and women’s and gender studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She has won a number of national teaching awards and published books on teaching, multiculturalism, and intersectionality. In 2013, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI APA Division 9) named Case as the Innovative Teaching Award winner for her student project on public education and intersecting social identities. Case was also awarded the University of Houston-Clear Lake Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Professor Award, and Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Award. She is the author of two books, Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom (2013), and Intersectional Pedagogy: Complicating Identity and Social Justice (2017).

In addition to her keynote, Case presented a colloquium Friday afternoon titled “Intersectional Pedagogy: Exploring Complexity in the Psychology Curriculum.” She also co-facilitated a graduate seminar – PSYC 528: Seminar in College Teaching – with Erin Hardin, professor of psychology, and had lunch with the Intersectionality Community of Scholars (ICoS).