On Fall Honors Day 2013, Professor Hakim Williams received the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award.
“It is one thing to receive an award from colleagues, but for students to take the time to nominate me themselves is very rewarding. I was very touched,” Prof. Williams said.
Below is text by Student Senate President Patrick Hill '14 that was read on Fall Honors Day:
"The Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award, previously the Student Senate Faculty Appreciation Award, is presented to a faculty member who exhibits excellence in teaching...in this case extreme excellence.
The atypical teaching style of this year's recipient ignored generic class lectures and mundane power points for an engaging seminar environment that challenged students to think beyond their usual comfort zones.
It takes an extremely gifted professor to inspire and motivate in the ways that this individual has done for his students. I personally knew when entering class that he attacked the upcoming readings with such enthusiasm, that a high level of personal preparation and dedication was instrumental for success in his course. I know he was doing the same and I am happy the Student Senate felt the same way.
One does not just learn from this professor, but learns with him. He puts himself far away from the teacher's podium and into the seats of the students. The teaching style of this faculty member is one that cannot be taught, but found in passion.
The winner of the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award for 2013 is presented to Professor Hakim Williams of the Africana Studies Department."