David E. Kirkland, an associate professor of English and urban education, is the recipient of NYU’s 2017-2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is given annual to faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the intellectual life of NYU through their teaching.
“David Kirkland is truly a teacher’s teacher. His dynamic educational expertise helps his students learn about education — how it is taught, what is taught, and who teaches it — through a variety of lenses,” said Steinhardt Dean Dominic Brewer. “His impact on his students is life changing in and outside the classroom.”
In nomination letters, students and alumni praised their professor for teaching them how to listen and discuss difficult topics, for his availability as an advisor and mentor, and his ability to inspire.
“Professor Kirkland’s teaching philosophy is one of love and generosity, where all voices are heard, where students are empowered to address the difficult, the uncomfortable, and create innovative solutions to the most enduring challenges in education,” wrote alumna Pamela D’Andrea Montalbano (MA ’17).
Kirkland serves as the executive director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools. His transdisciplinary scholarship explores equity related topics, including school climate and discipline; school integration and choice; culture and education; vulnerable learners; and the relationship between race, gender, and education. At NYU he teaches Critical Media Literacy: Teaching the Word and the World; Hip Hop and Teaching; and Teaching in the Inner City. In 2015, he received Steinhardt’s Daniel E. Griffith Award for Distinguished Research for his book, A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Black Males (Teachers College Press, 2013).