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Leonard Moore Awarded for Creative Student Engagement

By Jessica Sinn

Leonard Moore teaching his signature class at UT Austin

Leonad N. Moore, vice president for diversity and community engagement and George Littlefield Professor of American History, has been named the fall 2020 recipient of the Holleran Steiker Award for Creative Student Engagement for his signature course Cultural Intelligence in the Age of Trump. The Holleran Steiker Award is given to an outstanding Signature Course faculty member by the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Moore’s signature course asks students to think critically about current issues related to race, class, gender, immigration and many other political topics in light of Donald Trump’s presidency. The course teaches students to engage in critical dialogue, write clearly and effectively about social and political topics and apply their skills to all aspects of their lives.

In the fall semester, Moore teaches over 1,000 students across both of his popular courses: Cultural Intelligence in the Age of Trump and The History of the Black Power Movement. He has received a number of teaching awards including the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John Warfield Teaching Award. Moore also directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town, which have become national models for diversifying global education. You can read more about his unique and innovative teaching methods in this Access magazine feature and in the Texas Alcalde.

The Holleran Steiker Award was created by the School of Undergraduate Studies to celebrate a Signature Course professor whose teaching uses an innovative approach to creatively engage students in learning. The recipient of this award is, by definition, imaginative, challenging and inspirational. Professors who are given this honor deeply inspire their students and often in ways that go well beyond the community.