Howard A. White Award Recipients
This annual award honors the legacy of Pepperdine University's fifth president, Howard A. White, who was a gifted teacher, history scholar, and a faithful steward of the University throughout his 30 years of service to Pepperdine. The highest distinction given at Pepperdine for teaching, the Howard A. White Award recognizes outstanding educators who embody the institution's commitment to excellence. This award highlights the work of educators who inspire and challenge students to think critically and creatively as well as those who instill in their students a lifetime love of learning.
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.
2022 Category I Awardees
Elizabeth Boliek, Professor of Law, Caruso School of Law
"She is intelligent, cares for her students, and goes the extra mile to ensure we develop into the best attorneys we can be."
Jennifer Harriger, Professor of Psychology, Seaver College
"She shows empathy and genuine care while maintaining a rigorous class. I hope to become a professor like her one day."
Charles Kerns,Professor of Applied Behavioral Science, Graziadio Business School
"He brings a wealth of knowledge which is conducive to creating an environment in which students can thrive."
Stephen Kirnon, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
"Dr. Kirnon's genuine care for all who he works with comes through so clearly in his interactions."
Tim Lucas, Professor of Mathematics, Seaver College
"He taught us how to independently solve problems. Even past graduation, his teachings have contributed to the way I approach the tasks I have at hand."
Barry McDonald, Professor of Law, Caruso School of Law
"Prof. McDonald cares deeply about his students and is a trusted mentor and advisor to them outside the classroom."
2022 Category II Awardees
Brian Link, Assistant Professor of Teaching of Business Law, Seaver College
"Beyond helping students with their academic growth, he offers to support their overall professional goals as well. Dr. Link is a treasure at Pepperdine."
Kfir Mordechay, Assistant Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
"Dr. Mordechay has helped broaden my research skills and take more risks. He teaches with passion and inspires future leaders."