URI Prof. Cheryl Foster ’83 Receives National Teaching Award

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Cheryl Foster ’83, a professor of philosophy and associate director of the Honors Program at University of Rhode Island, has received a Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. She was just one of seven teachers across the country to receive the award this year, and only one of two university professors to be bestowed with the honor, URI reports.

Foster was nominated by a former student who described her as “the woman who I can say without a shred of doubt is the single most influential person in my life — inside the classroom and out.” The student, Rachel Walshe, continued, “Cheryl is more than a teacher. She is an activist; a revolutionary waging class warfare on a system rigged against kids like me [a child of divorced parents raised on public assistance].”


  1. M. Alvord '82 P'13 says:

    How nice to read about Cheryl Foster ’83 being honored in this way! It seems fitting that she should be honored with an award bearing Sondheim’s name as, among her many other accomplishments at Bowdoin, she’d been active in musical theater and Masque N’ Gown as an undergrad. Congratulations to Cheryl, her students and to URI!

  2. Kathryn Davis Cadigan says:

    Way to go Chery! Such valuable and important work you do; thank you!
    I have been living in Barrington for 12 yrs and surely know some of your recent students.
    Also believe we spoke when Barry Mills came to Providence last year.
    Let’s meet for coffee this summer!

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