Dr. Matthew A. Kim awarded prestigious Faculty Fellowship
Eagle Hill School (EHS) is pleased to announce Matthew A. Kim, Ph.D., English Department Chair, was nominated and selected as a Faculty Fellow. Faculty Fellowship status is granted to innovative and inspiring teachers, who are passionate about learning opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom. They serve as mentors and advisors, and are leaders in the areas of teaching integrity, scholarship and professional development, and contributions to the EHS community.
Each year, no more than two recommendations for faculty fellow status are made by a unanimous decision of the teaching fellow committee and the dean of faculty. Upon these recommendations, the final decision to grant faculty fellow status is by the head of school and is only made once during a given academic year. “It is with great pleasure to announce Matt Kim was chosen as one of Eagle Hill’s distinguished Faculty Fellows,” praised Dr. PJ McDonald, Head of School. “In addition to being a stellar teacher, Matt has distinguished himself as an accomplished writer and presenter internationally.
Kim was first introduced to Eagle Hill as a rising 8th grader in 1992. After graduating from Eagle Hill in 1997, Kim went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX and a Master of Science degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. In 2012, Kim rejoined Eagle Hill School as an English teacher and continued to pursue his doctoral degree in English, rhetoric, and creative writing from Illinois State University.
“To me, this accomplishment means that the school believes I can teach our students and lead our faculty,” stated Matt Kim. Kim has written extensively on topics such as, Creativity in Multimodal Pedagogy in LD Schools, Writing Studio in Pedagogy, and has presented worldwide on Approaches to Learning Diversity in the Classroom. “It’s being part of a larger conversation that really separates our school from others and that we really embrace the dialogical classroom,” Matt continued. “We are not afraid to go in the classroom and feel we can do something different.”
Faculty Fellows can apply for on-campus sabbaticals (consisting of a reduction of their regular teaching load by one course for one academic year) for the purpose of conducting research, developing curricula, or implementing new academic programs. Kim is currently conducting research for a new academic paper, Multimodal Teaching in the English Classroom: Gestural Composition—Introducing Drama to Impact Social Change. He joins esteemed fellows Dr. Jane Cronin, Ed.D, Mr. Thomas Gaskill, M.Ed, and Mr. Jason Przypek, M.A., current teachers at Eagle Hill School.