Considered "a force of compassion, inspiration and higher reaching" for her creative pedagogy, Lin Batsheva Kahn received a 2017 DePaul Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious honor at the university. She was also named a Woman of Spirit and Action for 3 years at DePaul and Jewish Chicagoan of the Year and one of 100 Women of Inspiration by Today's Chicago Woman Magazine in 2014. Numerous awards include the DePaul Socially Responsible Faculty Award, DePaul Woman of Substance, and DePaul Woman of Spirit and Action. She was the recipient of a 2002 Arts Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Alliance for Arts in Education, a finalist for a 2007 Athena Award for outstanding teaching with inner city and international women sponsored by Inside Business Magazine and a three time nominee for the Ohio Governor's Award in Arts Education. Teaching includes renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, Curtis Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, American College Dance Festivals, Metro Cuyahoga Community College, Athens Children's Theater Company, the Ohio Arts Council Artist-in-Residence program and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership mentoring. She created and teaches Creativity and Adversity: Psychology, Religious Thought and the Arts at DePaul University in Chicago. Her original experiential learning course has also been given as an lecture at Hebrew University and Pardes Jewish Institute in Jerusalem, for a DePaul Women's Network seminar, Philadelphia/New Jersey Shabbatons, a Martin Luther King event and to Dr. Ferrara's Social Work graduate students at DePaul. A 2015 selected speaker for ELI talks, her talk on creativity in relationship to adversity from a Jewish perspective which includes dance performance was filmed at PBS WTTW in Chicago. Kahn holds a Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University in Contemporary Dance, an interdisciplinary Masters in Theatre, Dance and Communication from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude in Modern Dance from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.
"A great self-esteem builder and consistently positive in her
intention and attitude, she makes you want to be your very best."
Kelly Pickering, USANA Health,
Professor Kahn makes every student feel as if what they contribute to the discussion is important and remarkable. There are only positive things about this woman's course, teaching style and humanity. Alex Messina, BA, DePaul University