Posted on April 12, 2021
Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Kimberly M. Cuny, Senior Academic Professional, Department of Communication Studies
Kim Cuny teaches Communications Studies and is an adjunct assistant professor in Theatre and part-time lecturer in Public Affairs. She has also served as director of the Speaking Center since 2003. She is a past recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the National Communication Association. Her teaching extends the classroom and into real-world experiences for her students through her community engagement work. She has mentored students as they single-authored more than 20 speaking center-related academic publications.
A former undergraduate student Claudia Grainger, B.S. Community Recreation and Event Planning, 2017 wrote about Cuny :
“Kim Cuny was a crucial part in my college career, promoting my academic, professional, and personal growth. Kim made the information relevant and applicable to my goals and communicating style while also challenging me to think critically. Professionally, Kim worked to make my work in the center applicable to my industry and interests. The most impactful experience was assisting with a production of a theatrical performance for community members with disabilities. It was a beautiful experience that utilized my professional and personal interests and skills in communication. Personally, Kim has been a mentor and role model. Every day I saw Kim express genuine care and interest in our goals and personal lives, forming relationships with each consultant by not only listening to what they were saying but taking the time to understand our needs.”