For his work as a professor of Political Science & History, Katz has received numerous honors. Examples include his selection as the Mohawk Valley Community College recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching” award, the choice of David for the college’s “Who Made a Difference” award, and his multiple inclusions into Who’s Who Among America’s Educators.”
During his ten year college basketball coaching tenure Katz earned “Coach of the Year” honors on the regional or national level six times while leading teams to top ten finishes nationally. As a professional educator working with high school teachers he garnered the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance award for “Dance Teacher of the Year” for his contributions in helping teachers integrate social dance into their curriculum.
In addition to his award-winning instruction in political science and history Katz has received the Mohawk Valley Community College’s “Excellence in Faculty Service Award” and the State University of New York’s “Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service” which both recognized his outstanding work at Mohawk Valley Community College as Coordinator of Professional Enrichment and Development, head of college governance as Chair of the College Senate, and Chair of the Political Outreach Committee of the MVCC Professional Association.
David has also been honored locally in Utica as a “Hometown Hero” by a major network television station for his recovery from a traumatic accident and subsequent athletic achievements in distance running. Nationally he has been recognized as a recipient of the “Exemplar Award” by the North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) for his work in developing MVCC’s culture of employee enrichment and professional development, as well as for his contributions delivering presentations to colleagues throughout Canada and the United States on pedagogical issues, motivation, and leadership.