Oakton names Carot winner of excellence in teaching for full-time faculty member

(Aug. 31, 2017) Kathleen Carot, professor of speech, theater and humanities at Oakton Community College, is the recipient of Oakton’s 2017 Ray Hartstein Award for Outstanding Professional Excellence in Teaching for a full-time faculty member.

The Des Plaines resident was honored at the college’s Aug. 14 fall semester kickoff, “Success Matters.” Named for the founder of Oakton’s Board of Trustees, the accolade epitomizes “excellence in teaching and respect for students and peers” and is presented after a review by the Oakton Educational Foundation Excellence in Teaching Committee. In addition to a plaque, Carot received $1,500 sponsored by the Oakton Community College Educational Foundation.

“Kathleen has been a solid piece to our speech and theater department for over 20 years,” says Chair of Performing Arts John Frisco, professor of speech and theater. “Intelligent, creative and fun are just some of the ways I would describe her. Kathleen has always been focused on finding innovative ways to engage Oakton students to provide them with the best learning experience possible.”

Carot also serves as the coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Oakton. The program’s mission is to introduce students and the community to feminist perspectives on women in history, the arts and the academic disciplines. In addition, WGS offers a unique foundation for interdisciplinary study, as well as the pursuit of a wide variety of majors and careers in the arts, education, social services, health care, law and business. Annually, the WGS sponsors an annual juried art exhibition at the college’s Koehnline Museum of Art. One of the region’s premier art events, the yearly event attracts hundreds of participants drawing submissions locally, nationally and internationally. Themes focus on issues and ideas involving women and feminism.

“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this award,” Carot says. “I find it especially gratifying to be recognized for excellence in teaching from Oakton’s dedicated and gifted faculty. Receiving this award only inspires me to try even harder to be the best teacher I can be.”

Carot began teaching at Oakton in 1999. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music from Roosevelt University. Carot also received a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Northwestern University.