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Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award winner Bob Kull

Ordinary is a word seldom used to describe Royal Roads associate faculty member Bob Kull. Scuba instructor, logger, organic gardening teacher, firefighter, photographer and truck driver are but a handful of jobs the California-born Kull has had over the years.

At age 40, he started undergraduate studies after losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle crash in the Dominican Republic. Several years later Kull spent a year in solitude in Chile for PhD research and later wrote a book, Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremesabout the experience.

His teaching mantra is: question everything, including him.

“I tell my students, challenge everything,” he says. “I try to deepen awareness and invite students to reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions about the world. Some students disagree with me profoundly and that’s okay. I don’t believe it’s my job to tell people what the truth is.”

Read the full story and watch a video of Bob Kull receiving the Kelly award here.