Three faculty members were awarded the 2009 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching. They are Kimberly Kono, associate professor of East Asian languages and literatures; Beth Powell, lecturer in psychology; and Kate Queeney, associate professor of chemistry.
Kimberly Kono joined the college’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures in 2001 after completing her undergraduate, master's and doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. At Smith, she teaches courses on modern Japanese literature and language. Her course “Constructions of Gender in Modern Japanese Women’s Writing,” for example, explores the intersections of gender and national identity in selected poetry, fiction and memoirs by Japanese women throughout the 20th Century. Kono is on the advisory committees for the Program in East Asian Studies and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. Her book Romantic and Familial Love in Japanese Colonial Literature is forthcoming from Palgrave. She was the recipient of a Picker Fellowship at Smith in 2003. In 2004-05 she taught at Cornell University as a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching-Research Fellow.
Beth Powell has taught at Smith for 29 years as a member of the psychology department and neuroscience program, but the college has always been part of her life. Powell is the daughter of Anne Hall Powell (Anne Marie Hall) ’50, as well as a member of the Smith class of 1978, and the mother of Amanda Anderson ’09J. Powell earned her masters and doctoral degrees nearby at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Smith she teaches courses in psychology and neuroscience research methods, physiology of behavior, psychopharmacology, and a seminar in neuroscience, ethics, and policy. She has also served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts and taught for 11 years in a PsyD program at Antioch/New England College. Powell’s areas of interest include the biological basis of clinical disorders and treatment of memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Kate Queeney joined the Smith Department of Chemistry in 2000 after completing undergraduate studies at Williams College, earning her doctoral degree in physical chemistry at Harvard University, and following two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Optical Physics at Lucent Technologies. Queeney’s research currently focuses on silicon surface chemistry and the adsorption of biomolecules to solid surfaces. At Smith, she teaches courses in general and physical chemistry, instrumental analysis and materials chemistry. Queeney was the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation in 2004, an honor among the most prestigious for new faculty members. Queeney currently serves as faculty director of advising at Smith and since 2007 has co-directed the college’s AEMES (Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences) Program.