Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Honors Lozano with Teaching Award
The Princeton University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will present its annual awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching to Rosina Lozano, associate professor of history and Class of 1942 University Preceptor, and Matthew Weinberg, assistant professor of computer science.
The awards will be presented at the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony, held at 8:45 a.m. Monday, June 3, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, immediately preceding the graduating seniors’ Class Day ceremony.
The students outline the criteria for excellence in teaching as skill in instruction, commitment to working with and building relationships with undergraduates, and the ability to spark students’ intellectual interests. Each winner is presented with a plaque.
Senior history concentrator Katherine Fleming attests to the impact that Rosina Lozano has on the students she teaches and mentors, calling her “the most exceptionally committed to pedagogy of any professor” she has encountered at Princeton. Having taken two of her classes, “Latino History” and “Comparative Race and Ethnicity,” Fleming notes that “Professor Lozano doesn’t just teach — she is remarkably open and self-reflexive on how to teach.”
A scholar of Latino history with a focus on Mexican American history, the American West, migration and immigration, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, Lozano approaches her work with “candor, honesty, transparency and a refreshing sense of humor,” attests Fleming. Since joining the Princeton faculty in 2013, she has been regarded by students as a “professor who will challenge you but support you every step of the way,” Fleming says. “She does not want perfection; she wants real growth and commitment.”
She also exhibits an “exceptional degree of care and compassion for her students,” recognizing that their lives outside of the classroom are as significant as the time she shares with them in class. Recalling how supportive Lozano was when Fleming feared she had suffered a concussion from a bike accident, she admires that “she shows the same degree of kindness and understanding to all her students … in particular, she is known as an incredible resource for LatinX students who come to her for guidance and support. She is an unwavering supporter of students who have been marginalized in the curriculum, the University and society at large.”
Lozano earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, Ed.M. from Harvard University and A.B. from Stanford University. Her next ambitious goal is to launch a summer institute for high school teachers to help them supplement and enrich the narratives they are required to use in history textbooks. In so doing, Fleming says, Lozano will be helping others to “write the kind of history she wanted students to see.”
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