College of Arts and Science 2015 Teaching Awards announcedby Nancy Wise Jan. 21, 2016, 12:31 PM
The school bestows three Jeffrey Nordhaus Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching annually.
This year, Roy Gottfried, professor of English, received the Nordhaus Award in the humanities; Bruce Hughes, professor of mathematics, received the Nordhaus Award in the natural sciences; and Richard Pitt, associate professor of sociology, received the Nordhaus Award in the social sciences.
Carrie Russell, senior lecturer in political science, received the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer. The Ernest A. Jones Faculty Adviser Award was awarded to Haerin Shin, assistant professor of English.
The college also recognized graduate teaching and mentoring.
Elizabeth Zechmeister, professor of political science, was honored with the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and Richard Haglund, Stevenson Professor of Physics, was presented the Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring.
Petal Samuel, from the English department, was presented with the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Douglass Godwin, from the psychology department, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award.
The Jeffrey Nordhaus Award was established in 1982 by a gift from Katherine Stumb Nordhaus and George Nordhaus in memory of their son, Jeffrey. The awards recognize Arts and Science faculty who excel in teaching undergraduates. The Gilliam Award was established in 1995 in memory of alumna Harriet S. Gilliam. It recognizes a lecturer or senior lecturer who has achieved excellence in teaching undergraduates.
Nominations for the Nordhaus and Gilliam awards are reviewed and ranked by student members of Phi Beta Kappa, after which the College of Arts and Science dean selects the honorees.
The Ernest A. Jones Award was established in 1978 by a grateful parent in recognition of the excellent academic advice his son received from Professor of Physics Ernest A. Jones. The award honors a faculty member for dedication to undergraduate advising, and its recipient is chosen by graduating seniors.
The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award are given each year for exceptionally effective classroom and/or laboratory instruction by a graduate student. The Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching was established in 1985 by the College of Arts and Science in collaboration with the Graduate School. It recognizes a graduate faculty member for outstanding classroom teaching. The Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring annually recognizes a faculty member for exceptional guidance of graduate students toward a high degree of professional accomplishment. Winners are selected by the Committee on Graduate Education, which is composed of faculty from each of the three divisions of the college and the college’s senior associate dean for graduate education.