The Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes a faculty member who commits time outside of the classroom to prevent students from falling through the cracks, demonstrates an enthusiasm for the subject matter, and instills enthusiasm and passion in students.
Instructor of Psychology and Foreign Languages and Cultures
When Enrique Brouwer joined WSU Vancouver in 2011 after a career as an executive coach, he brought along his drive, his people skills and his powerful desire to help people to do their best. The skills that had made him such an effective coach for executives wishing to succeed in international business have made him a popular teacher on campus today. In nominating him for the 2017 Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence, students wrote that Brouwer believes in his students, makes learning fun, and is always available for a meeting or a phone call.
Brouwer teaches Personnel Psychology and Human Resources Administration as well as cross-cultural communications. Time and again, students noted that he was motivational and inspirational. “Enrique always puts his students above himself,” a nominator wrote. “He says that he is there to learn as much as we are.”
Another added: “When he engages with his students, he does so on a personal and professional level, acting as both a mentor and instructor who has launched the careers of many and equipped his students with the tools to be successful out in the real world.”
Brouwer retired as managing director for Brouwer Executive Coaching International, a consultancy serving top executives. Throughout his career he worked with such companies as Eastman Kodak, Xerox Global Services and the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester, N.Y., helping to drive organizational innovation, product excellence and customer loyalty.
Brouwer holds an undergraduate degree in administrative and legal studies from La Salle University’s Extension campus in Chicago and a master’s degree in human services administration from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. He holds advanced certificates in leadership, management and Lean practices.