Nabours, White Selected as Winners of the Glenn Hunt Teaching Excellence Award


Riverside City College professors Kathy Nabours and Virginia White have been selected as the winners of the Glenn Hunt Teaching Excellence Award. The award is given out annually to a College professor who has shown a history of teaching excellence.     

The award is named in honor of Hunt who spent nearly 50 years as a teacher and administrator at the College. Hunt, who was born in Lubbock, TX, earned a bachelor and master’s degree in chemistry from Texas Tech University, began working at RCC in 1958, teaching chemistry and mathematics. Hunt, who died at the age of 74 from cancer, was the longest tenured professor in the College’s history. The teaching center at RCC is named in his honor.     

The Glenn Hunt Center for Teaching Excellence exists for empowering faculty as a:

  • Teacher: Including, but not limited to, teacher/student interaction, classroom organization, presentation skills and assessment. 
  • Professional/Scholar: Including, but not limited to, committee work, grant writing, publishing and professional growth activities.
  • Individual: Including all aspects of growth which promote health and well-being.

Nabours, who holds degrees from UC Riverside (UCR) in mathematics, has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has taught at UCR, California Baptist University, the University of Redlands and Riverside Community College District (RCCD). Nabours has taught basic through advanced university mathematics courses to students as well as to the working adult population with class sizes ranging from three to 300-plus students. She was a member of the School University Partnership Team for the Education Department at UCR which designed vertically aligned mathematics curriculum for the Jurupa Unified School District with the mission of increasing UC eligibility among this population. She spent six years coordinating the Developmental Mathematics Program for Riverside City College designing, implementing, and assessing 10 new courses to address the diverse needs of the student population. Nabours also spent three years as the Math Learning Center Coordinator at the College and one year as the STEM grant director. She managed the Math 3 program (basic algebra course) involving 600-plus students per year for The Learning Center at UCR, which was designed to prepare students for college level mathematics. In addition, she coordinated UCR’s intermediate algebra with trigonometry course involving more than 2,000 students per year.

White holds a Ph.D. in Botany from UCR and a bachelor’s degree in biology and mathematics from Wake Forest University. She began teaching for the RCCD in 2004 as an adjunct faculty member. In 2005 she became an assistant professor, three years later she became an associate professor, and this year she received full professorship. After graduating from Wake Forest, White spent two years as a researcher for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory while conducting field experiments and studies. In 1997, White accepted a graduate research assistant position with the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UCR. She designed and implemented various research protocols for field and greenhouse studies. Two years later, she was appointed to a graduate teaching assistant position. In 2004, White was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UCR. She designed and implemented studies in plant physiology and plant ecology in both terrestrial and riparian ecosystems, including experiments on control methodology and management plan design. White, who was granted tenure at RCCD in 2008, has delivered a number of lectures and is a published author in technical journals. ​