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Howard A. White Award Recipients

2020 Recipients

This annual award honors the legacy of Pepperdine University's fifth president, Dr. Howard A. White, who was a gifted teacher and scholar of history and a faithful steward of the University throughout his thirty years of service to Pepperdine. The Howard A. White Award is the highest distinction given at Pepperdine for teaching and recognizes outstanding educators who embody the institution's commitment to excellence. This award highlights the work of teachers who inspire and challenge students to think critically and creatively as well as those who instill in their students a lifetime love of learning.

On October 28, 2020, in lieu of an in-person awards ceremony, Provost Rick Marrs hosted a virtual roundtable featuring the awardees to discuss their teaching philosophies and how they continue to support students during this particularly challenging year.

 

2020 Honorees

Awards are given in two categories: Category I is for full-time faculty members who have taught at Pepperdine for six or more years or have tenure. This award includes a $4,000 stipend. Category II is for full-time faculty members who have taught at Pepperdine for less than six years and are untenured. This award includes a $2,000 stipend. Awardees will receive a framed certificate and an engraved medal to commemorate their recognition as a Howard A. White award winner.

This year we are delighted to honor six faculty members in Category I and two faculty members in Category II. We also included excerpts from student nominations below to highlight the meaningful impact these faculty members make in the lives of their students.

2020 Category I Awardees

Gretchen Batcheller

Gretchen Batcheller - Pepperdine University

Gretchen Batcheller, Associate Professor of Art, Seaver College

"Professor Batcheller is clear, concise, and engaging. Any class, project, and/or conversation is spectacularly beneficial. She wants what is best for every student and does everything in her power to enhance not only the art department as a whole, but also the people within it."

Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen - Pepperdine University

Anat Cohen, Senior Clinical Faculty Director, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

"I have yet to come across an educator with greater impact on and heart-felt concern for her students' personal and professional growth. When you are on Dr. Cohen's team you are cared for, you are nurtured, you are bolstered."

Selina Katherine Farrell

Selina Katherine Farrell - Pepperdine University

Selina Katherine Farrell, Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Caruso School of Law

"She is hands down the most compassionate professor you will ever meet. She shows that she is invested in your growth and your career. She has helped me discover my strengths and address my weaknesses. I will always count on her as a mentor."

John G. Mooney

John Mooney - Pepperdine University

John G. Mooney, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management, Graziadio Business School

"Dr. Mooney's class has completely changed my life and career. I am immensely grateful to him for making us think critically and to understand how to transform our business through technology."

Robert Pushaw, Jr.

Robert Pushaw, Jr. - Pepperdine University

Robert Pushaw, Jr., James Wilson Endowed Professor of Law, Caruso School of Law

"His approach to teaching goes beyond hoping students memorize the law, but actually consider it, question it, understand it, and debate it. He welcomes discussion and fosters the exchange of ideas."

Roslyn M. Satchel

Roslyn Satchell - Pepperdine University

Roslyn M. Satchel, Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Communication, Seaver College

"She is always a strong advocate for independent and critical thinking and is constantly pushing her students to take their learning to the next level. I left every class session feeling inspired and intellectually stimulated. Dr. Satchel is the definition of enthusiasm and vitality in learning, teaching, and scholarship."

2020 Category II Awardees

Jennifer Miyake-Trapp

Jennifer Miyaki-Trapp - Pepperdine University

Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, Assistant Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

"Dr. Jennifer Miyake-Trapp's tagline, 'Teach Fiercely' embodies exactly who she is – a fierce teacher who is passionate about education, language, and cultural equality as well as building communities of inclusivity. She strives to prepare her students to tackle the field of language education."

Hunter Paris

Hunter Paris - Pepperdine University

Hunter Paris, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine, Seaver College

"Dr. Paris was able to make one of my most difficult classes my favorite class. He is a superior example of excellence in all aspects of his life. In one memorable lecture he told us a personal story with the message that the difficult things in life are worth fighting for with the gifts Christ has given to us."

Past Recipients

2019 Honorees

Category One

Abraham Park Pepperdine Graziado Business School
Carolyn Keatinge Graduate School of Education and Psychology
David Han School of Law
Stella Erbes Seaver College
Jane Rodeheffer Seaver College
Cooker Storm Seaver College

Category Two

Ebony Cain

Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Felicity Vabulas Seaver College

2018 Honorees

Category One

Steve Davis

Seaver College

Shelly Harrell Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Susan Himelstein Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Derek Muller School of Law
Regan Schaffer Seaver College
Andreas Simon Graziadio Business School  


Category Two

Jennifer Smith Seaver College

2017 Honorees

Category One

Owen Hall Jr. Graziadio School of Business and Managment
Jack McManus Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Victoria Schwartz School of Law
Ted McAllister School of Public Policy
James White  Seaver College
Theresa de los Santos Seaver College

Category Two

Natasha Thapar-Olmos Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Mary Holden Seaver College 

Statements of Teaching Philosophy by 2017 Recipients

2016 Honorees

Category One

John Buckingham Graziadio School of Business and Managment
Doreen Shanahan Graziadio School of Business and Managment
Paul Sparks Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Grant Nelson School of Law
Dan Rodriguez Seaver College
Paul Contino Seaver College

Category Two

Robert Lee             Graziadio School of Business and Management
Jeff Schultz             Seaver College
Statements of Teaching Philosophy by 2016 Honorees

2015 Honorees

Category One

Ken Ko Graziadio School of Business and Managment
June Schmieder-Ramirez Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Steven Schultz School of Law
Don Hancock Seaver College
Brian Newman Seaver College
Donna Nofziger Plank Seaver College

Category Two

Darren Good             Graziadio School of Business and Management
Ben Postlethwaite             Seaver College

Statements of Teaching Philosophy by 2015 Honorees

2014 Honorees

Category One

David Levy Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Kristine Knaplund School of Law
James Prieger School of Public Policy
Gary Selby Seaver College
Cynthia Colburn Seaver College

Category Two

William Arnold Seaver College
Bernice Ledbetter Graziadio School of Business and Management

Statements of Teaching Philosophy by 2014 Honorees

2013 Honorees

Category One

Dan Caldwell  Seaver College
Mark Chun Graziadio School of Business and Management
Paul Gift Graziadio School of Business and Management
Jeffrey L. Jasperse Seaver College
Farzin Madjidi Graduate School of Education and Psychology
James McGoldrick School of Law

Category Two

Raymond C. Carr   Seaver College
Larry Cox   Graziadio School of Business and Management

2012 Honorees

Category One

Harry Caldwell School of Law
Michael Gose Seaver College
David Holmes Seaver College
Denis Lowe Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Linda Purrington Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Samuel Seaman Graziadio School of Business and Management

Category Two

Scott Miller         Seaver College
John Scully         Graziadio School of Business and Management

2011 Honorees

Category One

Charla Griffy-Brown Graziadio School of Business and Management
Angela Hawken School of Public Policy
Barbara Ingram Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Robert Lloyd Seaver College
Linda Polin Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Robert Sexton Seaver College
Peter Wendel School of Law

Category Two

Naomi Goodno       School of Law
Maretno Harjoto       Graziadio School of Business and Managment
Mason Marshall       Seaver College

2010 Honorees

Category One

Jeffrey A. Banks Seaver College
Margot Condon Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Robert G. Kaufman School of Public Policy
Peter R. Robinson School of Law
Sonia Sorrell Seaver College
Wayne L. Strom Graziadio School of Business and Management

Category Two

Anthony M. Collatos

Joe Hahn

Nathaniel Klemp

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Graziadio School of Business and Management

Seaver College

2009 Honorees

Category One

Cathy Thomas-Grant Seaver College
Victoria Myers Seaver College
Ann Feyerherm Graziadio School of Business and Management
Owen Hall Graziadio School of Business and Management
Joanne Hedgespeth Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Anthony Miller School of Law

Category Two

Caleb Clanton            Seaver College
Martine Jago            Graduate School of Education and Psychology

2008 Honorees

Category One

Cindy Miller-Perrin Seaver College
Stan Warford Seaver College
Dave McMahon Graziadio School of Business and Management
Charles Morrissey Graziadio School of Business and Management
Joy Asamen Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Carol Chase School of Law
Kristine Knaplund School of Law

Category Two

Cynthia Colburn     Seaver College
Kathy Church     Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Steven Schultz     School of Law

2007 Honorees

Category One

Jane Ganske Seaver College
Donald Marshall Seaver College
Steven Rouse Seaver College
Steven Ferraro Graziadio School of Business and Management
Drew Erhardt Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Reyna Garcia Ramos Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Gregory Ogden School of Law

Category Two

Christopher Heard       Seaver College
Karen Schnietz       Graziadio School of Business and Management
Michael Williams       Graziadio School of Business and Management

2006 Honorees

Category One

Jay Brewster Seaver College
Tim Willis Seaver College
Larry Bumgardner Graziadio School of Business and Management
Jack Green Graziadio School of Business and Management
Ed Shanfranske Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Jim Gash School of Law
Bob Popovich School of Law

Category Two

Paul Contino Seaver College
Levon Goukasian Seaver College
Susan Hall Graduate School of Education and Psychology

2005 Honorees

Category One

Priscilla MacRae Seaver College
Milton Pullen Seaver College
Christopher Soper Seaver College
Marshall Nickles Graziadio School of Business and Management
Farzin Madjidi Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Douglas Kmiec School of Law
Gordon Lloyd School of Public Policy

Category Two

Kendra Killpatrick   Seaver College
Regan Schaffer   Seaver College
Ariff Kachra   Graziadio School of Business and Management

2004 Honorees

Category One

William Larson Graziadio School of Business and Management
Ted McAllister School of Public Policy
Marilyn Misch Seaver College
Robin Perrin Seaver College
Daryl Rowe Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Susan Salas Seaver College
Peter Wendel School of Law

Category Two

Chris Ellsasser Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Jeanne Heffernan Seaver College