Pamela Dawn Robbins of Tallahassee, FL, daughter of Dr. Larry C. and Mary Jane Robbins of Seminole, FL (formerly of Clearwater/Largo, FL), was presented. an award for excellence in teaching undergraduates at Florida State University. T. K. Wetherell, President of FSU, presented Professor Robbins with the prestigious award at a Faculty Awards Ceremony held at Dodd Hall on the university campus. In announcing Robbins award, Dr. Lawrence G. Abele, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated that he first heard about Prof. Robbins while on a plane trip. A former FSU student, who happened to be sitting next to Abele on the flight, learned that he was from FSU and went on to talk for 40 minutes about her favorite teacher, Prof. Robbins. Abele also stated that many other present and former students said that Robbins made history one of their favorite subjects, making it fun, interesting and not sugar coating the facts. Robbins is the youngest faculty member in the Department of History to win the award.
Robbins is a 1988 graduate of Pinellas Park High School. She credits her love of teaching and history to her PPHS Advanced Placement history teacher, Kris Scola. Robbins' BS, MS and Doctorate were all obtained at Florida State University. She received the Teaching Service Award for the past five years from Phi Eta Sigma, a national honors fraternity. In 1996 she was awarded the Sally Mae New Teacher Award for Monroe County. Robbins, a fifth generation teacher, plans to continue teaching in her field at Florida State University. Her husband, Steven Nolan, formerly of Coffs Harbor, Australia, is a Structural Engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation.
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