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NYU Names Dr. Robert L. Hawkins Distinguished Teacher

May 12, 2016

New York University has named Dr. Robert L. Hawkins as a recipient of the 2015-2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Hawkins is Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs and the McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies at the Silver School of Social Work.

Since joining the NYU faculty in 2004, Dr. Hawkins has taught a wide range of classes. These include required beginning and advanced policy courses, diversity classes, and created electives on poverty, professional communications, and international social work. He has also led several independent studies, including one that offers students research experience in the Philippines. He teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students and gives lectures, and presentations around the country and the world.

The Distinguished Teaching Award was established to recognize faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching. Awardees have demonstrated excellence in teaching over a sustained period. Dr. Hawkins is one of 5 professors to receive the 2015-16 Distinguished Teaching Award.

"I want to extend my congratulations to my co-awardees. This is a great honor. I am humbled to be selected by my peers, and especially my students, for this award," said Dr. Hawkins. "I teach because I believe in the power of education as a tool for positive change. Teaching is a privilege that gives me an opportunity to challenge students to think critically and to expand their ideas of the world and what they can accomplish. When I was in school, great teachers inspired me; I hope that I too can be an inspiration to others."

2015-2016 Distinguished Teaching Award Winners: Bruce Grant, Gigliana Melzi, Marianne Petit, and Analia Veitz-Keenan. To learn more about the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2015-16 award recipients, visit www.nyu.edu.

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Robert L. Hawkins, McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies; Assistant Dean and Director, Undergraduate Program