Becoming a Regents Professor is an honor in itself, but Dr. Kathleen Rees, a professor of human sciences, was even more even more honored when she got the distinction because she gets to represent her alma mater.
“I’m really proud to be nominated since
I’m alum,” Rees said.
It’s been a long trip for Rees, who originally graduated from TAMUK in 1974 with home economics major. From there, she got her Master’s at Auburn in housing.
She came back to TAMUK to be an assistant professor from 1976 to 1989, where she would then make the decision to go back to school and get her Ph. D from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in textiles and clothing.
Rees would teach at the University of Nebraska as well as Louisiana Southern University, before coming back again to Kingsville in 2005.
166 A&M faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award so far. 13 of those have been TAMUK professors, and Rees is only the second woman to earn the recognition for the campus.
To receive this honor, the professor has to be nominated by other faculty members.
“It’s my understanding that it’s a process of nomination…individuals are nominated by someone on campus,” Rees said.
Rees said that being a Regents professor is comparable to being a senior professor.
“It’s pretty much the same as being a senior faculty member on campus,” she said.
Rees also said that she looks forward to helping all her students out the same way she was helped when she was an undergrad at TAMUK as well.
When I’m in class with students, I was in the same place they were,” she said. “There’s so many people who helped me and gave me opportunities, so I want to continue that tradition.”