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Kim named the 2019 Tomkovick award recipient

| Carrie Ottum

Dr. Kate Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, is the recipient of the 2019 Chuck Tomkovick Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Kristy Lauver, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, presented Kim with a plaque and a monetary award at the department's fall meeting.  

Kim, who has a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, focuses her teaching interests on marketing analytics and research.

"I enjoy teaching at UW-Eau Clarie in part because students are very eager to learn the latest knowledge in the area of marketing analytics and in part because the topics that I teach are related to my primary research interest," Kim said. "I love to teach, mentor and help students grow into professionals as well as disseminate the latest knowledge from research in the area. I truly appreciate the opportunities that I have been afforded in the past years at UWEC." 

Kim is dedicated to academic research and has presented at the American Marketing Association Summer Educators Conference. She also was the recipient of the Award for Excellence by the Journal of Consumer Marketing in 2016 and the Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Professor Award in 2019. 

The Chuck Tomkovick Teaching Excellence Award is named for Dr. Charles Tomkovick, a UW-Eau Claire marketing professor who passed away from cancer in July 2013. Recipients of the teaching award must demonstrate a passion for teaching, connection to alumni and a commitment to servant leadership — all qualities Tomkovick possessed.  

About Chuck Tomkovick

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Tomkovick, an outstanding UW-Eau Claire marketing educator, taught undergraduate and graduate marketing courses for the Department of Management and Marketing and led marketing seminars for entrepreneurs and small business owners through UW-Eau Claire Office of Continuing Education. An active researcher, Tomkovick engaged dozens of students in collaborative research, instilling in them a love for scholarly inquiry. He also used his talents to help others become better teachers. He was a charter member of the UW-Eau Claire Network for Excellence in Teaching Council and was a mentor to new faculty members in the Department of Management and Marketing.

Tomkovick received many awards throughout his academic career, including the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching award, which he received twice. He was nominated three times by the university for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) U.S. Professor of the Year award.