Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching is the college’s highest teaching award. It honors a teacher who communicates high expectations and encourages intellectual curiosity within and across disciplines; respects diverse talents and ways of learning and uses variety in instruction; and engages students and inspires them to do their best work. The award is named for the late Professor Jack Jensen who, through his dedication to teaching, inspired faculty and students alike.

Kimberly France

Assistant Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences

Assistant Professor Kimberly France joined the School of Business & Social Sciences faculty in 2017 with more than 20 years of senior management experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in management from New England College. Her teaching interests include human resource management, labor relations, business law and ethics, marketing and career readiness.

Kim challenges her students to approach their work heuristically and with curiosity. Through hands-on activities based on real-world scenarios, readings on current trends and events, relevant case studies, multimedia presentations and simulations, she actively engages students to help them gain a deeper understanding of course content. She pushes students to make connections between the concepts they are studying and the practical applications of those concepts. She also encourages them to consider how they can use what they’ve learned to make meaningful contributions in the workplace and in their communities.

One student nominator said that Kim “teaches class in a way that is fun and promotes engagement.” Another wrote, “She makes learning fun and encourages you by pushing you to your limits.” Another wrote, “She not only engages in the classroom setting, but … truly connects with students outside the classroom.”

Building connections with students outside the classroom is a high priority for Kim. She lives in a faculty apartment in a college residence hall, and she immerses herself in the campus community through various activities and events. When the college went remote because of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 and a handful of students had to remain on campus, Kim stayed in frequent contact with them, inviting them to go for socially distanced walks outside and talking to them about the challenges they were facing.

Kim serves as the faculty mentor for the Colby-Sawyer equestrian team and the women’s soccer team, and she is an advisor for the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network. Outside the college, Kim is a private human resource management consultant for both businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is also the proud mother of two adult children.

As recipient of the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching, Kim will deliver the college’s 184th Commencement address on Saturday, May 7.