Faculty From Across Campus Recognized for Teaching

Twenty-four instructors and teaching assistants have been named winners of the 2016 University Teaching Awards.

The University Committee on Teaching Awards encourages students to nominate deserving faculty and graduate teaching assistants for the awards, and it oversees the selection process. The committee chooses recipients who promote the value of undergraduate teaching by example, demonstrate concern for students through interaction and approachability inside and outside the classroom, create meaningful learning experiences, and maintain high expectations of their students.

The recipients will be recognized during halftime of the Pittsburgh men’s basketball game on Feb. 14. A banquet also will be held to honor the winners on April 5.

The committee recommended recipients for six types of awards — five for instructors and one for teaching assistants.

Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

  • Michael Jay, molecular pharmaceutics;
  • Daniel Bauer ’00 (PhD), psychology and neuroscience;
  • Dr. Jonathan Juliano ’97 (MSPH, ’01 MD), medicine; and
  • Marc Lange, philosophy.

Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

  • Penny Abernathy, media and journalism;
  • JoAnn Sciarrino, media and journalism;
  • Domenic Tiani, chemistry;
  • Michelle Robinson, American studies; and
  • Gidi Shemer, biology.

J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award

  • Arne Kalleberg, sociology; and
  • Charles Szypszak, School of Government.

Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Jeanne Moskal, English and comparative literature.

William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Jeffrey Johnson, chemistry.

 Johnston Teaching Excellence Awards

  • Kristen Lindquist, psychology and neuroscience; and
  • Gabriel Trop, Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures.

Chapman Family Teaching Awards

  • Dorothea Heitsch, Romance studies;
  • Jeannie Loeb ’98 (PhD), psychology and neuroscience; and
  • Cara McComish ’08 (PhD), allied health sciences.

Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants

  • Cicek Beeby ’13 (MA), classics;
  • Noah Greifer, psychology and neuroscience;
  • Jayne Jeffries, health behavior;
  • Jonathan Foland ’11 (MA), communication; and
  • Reid Olsen, pharmacology.

This year’s nominee for the UNC System Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching is Michael Crimmins, Mary Ann Smith Professor of chemistry and senior associate dean, molecular therapeutics. This award is given to a tenured faculty member on each campus of the UNC System for exceptional undergraduate teaching over a sustained period of time.


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