Rosina Lozano Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

June 2, 2023

Lozano was one of four Princeton University faculty members who received President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, May 30.

The recipients are Jesse Gomez, assistant professor of Princeton Neuroscience Institute; Rosina Lozano, associate professor of history; Claire White, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; and Tamsen Wolff, associate professor of English.

The awards were established in 1990 through a gift by Princeton alumni Lloyd Cotsen of the Class of 1950 and John Sherrerd of the Class of 1952 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching by Princeton faculty members. Each winner receives a cash prize of $5,000, and their departments each receive $3,000 for the purchase of new books.

A committee of faculty, academic administrators, undergraduates and graduate students selected the winners from nominations by students, faculty colleagues and alumni.

Following are testimonials from their students and peers, and their official citations from the Commencement ceremony.

Rosina Lozano

Rosina Lozano, associate professor of history, has been a member of Princeton’s faculty since 2013. She is a United States historian with a research and teaching focus on Latino/a/x history, the American West, migration and immigration, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity.

Both graduate and undergraduate students know Lozano as a teacher who will challenge them and also support them every step of the way.

She requires students to attend office hours, helping to demystify them for students and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be successful in her classes. “Her approachable and encouraging nature made it easy to ask her questions after class or ask for more material on a particular topic,” said one student.

Lozano adapts lessons to her students’ interests and learning styles, while also providing them with opportunities to make their own intellectual contributions to our collective understanding of U.S. racial, ethnic and immigration history.

She encourages students to lead and sustain discussions, and she solicits their input about their reading after every class, asking students to write down on a notecard a question or observation that she then highlights at the beginning of the next class. Said another student, “She works to empower us as historians and as active participants in our collective present and future.”

A colleague remarked, “Professor Lozano’s generosity to and care for students is boundless.”

Commencement citation:

As Rosina Lozano came under consideration for this award, a flood of letters poured into the Department of History from former students and advisees in support of a beloved and distinguished scholar, “whom many students identify as not only the best professor of their Princeton careers,” a colleague noted, “but the professor who has had the greatest impact on the direction of their lives after graduation.” The recommendations, many from first-generation college students, spoke to Professor Lozano’s pedagogical craft and the rigor she expected from students in her lectures and seminars focused on Latino studies, immigration and migration, political history, race and ethnicity, and social history. As one student remarked, “She pulls greatness out of her students.” They also marveled at her seemingly constant availability and her tireless support for their aspirations. One colleague wrote: “Professor Lozano’s generosity to and care for students is boundless.”