Katherine R. Rowell - Student Introduction

Katie Fox
Former student of Katherine R. Rowell
2005 Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year

She is remarkable. She is known by everyone and liked by all. She is a professor of sociology at Sinclair Community College and has been teaching for 15 years. In my fourth year of college, I can honestly say that I have never had a professor like her. Her teaching style draws her students to everything she says and encourages them to express their own opinions and beliefs. She stretches her students and helps them see the world in an entirely different light.

I had the privilege of working with her both inside and outside of the classroom. She does what she says she will do and always practices what she preaches. She is the woman you see at your local homeless shelter—organizing meals, serving food, and gathering necessities for the underprivileged. She is the woman you would see organizing teams of volunteers for your local Relay for Life or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She is the woman you would see serving on every committee on campus because she can be counted on and her opinion is greatly respected.

She has helped me realize my true potential. When I first met her, I had just been inducted into the Nu Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She was the adviser, and ironically enough, I had her for my sociology class that quarter. As I eagerly listened in every class, trying to learn as much as I could from her, she became the reason I also wanted to get involved in the chapter. Within a month, she had me convinced that I could become an international officer for Phi Theta Kappa, a position to which only five students in the nation are elected per year. Because of her support and help, I was elected and went on to give speeches all over the country.

In addition, I have volunteered numerous times with her. We have worked alongside each other, serving on many events and even traveling to Mexico to study poverty as part of one of her courses. A mother of two sons, she is a servant to her family as well as her students and the community. I have caught myself wondering many times if I could ever be as great of a citizen as she is.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor that I am able to introduce Dr. Katherine Rowell to you to be recognized as a U.S. Professor of the Year. Kathy, you are my mentor, my friend, my role model, and my hero.