October 01, 2007
To be named an outstanding teacher in 2007, your last name had to start with “k” and end in “er.” Not really, of course, but Lewis & Clark’s top teachers for 2007 share similar-sounding names and a commitment to stellar teaching.
Kugler: Undergraduate Teacher of the Year
A student who nominated Robert Kugler B.A. ’79, Wright Professor of Christian Studies, says he brings “contagious passion and interest to everything he does, from his courses to his conversations with individual students.” She adds that he’s “an amazing, engaged, and passionate scholar who demands excellence from his students and receives nothing less.”
Kugler joined the religious studies faculty at Lewis & Clark in 2002. His areas of research include interpretive traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in Jewish and Christian literature from Greco-Roman Egypt. He is the author or coeditor of five books as well as numerous journal articles and essays for edited volumes.
The Teacher of the Year is named each year by members of the Pamplin Society of Fellows, who solicit nominations from undergraduate students.
Kroger: Law School’s Leo Levenson Award
For the second time in three years, John Kroger, associate professor of law, has won the Leo Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence.
“John Kroger is a rock star,” wrote one law student on his ballot. Another observed, “John is a dynamic, intelligent professor who has the ability to get his point across effectively and to help you see the importance and applicability of the rules of law.”
Kroger joined the law school faculty in 2002. Prior to teaching at Lewis & Clark, Kroger worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York, prosecuting the Mafia, drug kingpins, and corrupt public officials. He also served as a trial attorney on the U.S. Justice Department’s Enron Task Force.
The award is named for Leo Levenson, who was a distinguished Oregon attorney and a highly respected instructor at the law school for many years. It is presented annually to a faculty member selected by the graduating class.