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Our college's teaching and advising awards

We're pleased to announce the recipients of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching and advising awards for spring 2016. The college wishes to congratulate all of the recipients and nominees for their nomination and the high regard in which they are held by students. The recipients are:

Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award recipients:
Pauline Cheong, associate professor in the Hugh Downs School of Communication – Social Sciences
Devoney Looser, professor in the Department of English – Humanities
Andrew Smith, President’s Professor in the School of Life Sciences  – Natural Sciences

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Volker Benkert, lecturer in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Future awards

Every year the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents awards for excellence in advising and distinguished teaching. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by students, faculty and staff.

We encourage you to nominate any instructors and/or undergraduate advisors you feel deserving of this honor.

Submit online with the following information:

  • Nominee Name
  • Nominee School or Department Award
  • What distinguishes this individual as an outstanding instructor/advisor?
  • Why are you nominating this person?

Past awards

Explore past advising and faculty awardees.

Advising award recipients: 1994 to current

2012/2013
Rebecca Lish, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

2011/2012
P.F. Lengel, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

2010/2011
Andy Edwards, School of Politics and Global Studies

2009/2010
Sandra Voller, School of Politics and Global Studies

2008/2009
Sabrina Matthues, Physics

2007/2008
Debra Daly, Psychology 

2006/2007
Todd Stricherz, Office of Student and Academic Programs

2005/2006
Charlie Miller, Office of Student and Academic Programs

2004/2005
Jamie Caruso, Communication

2003/2004
Michelle Stewart, English

2002/2003
Julie Givans, Office of Student and Academic Programs
Elaine Yoshikawa, Philosophy

2001/2002
Beth Glessner, Languages and Literatures
Chris Papalas, Anthropology

2000/2001
P.F. Smith, Religious Studies
Jan Mundy, Biology

1999/2000
Victor Becerra, Office of Student and Academic Programs
Elizabeth McNeil, English

1998/1999
Barbara Colby, Office of Student and Academic Programs
Thomas Keating, Political Science

1997/1998
Cathy Down, Clinical Lab Sciences
Charles Fimian, Office of Student and Academic Programs

1996/97
Heather Cate, Zoology
Bernard Kobes, Philosophy

1995/1996
Wanda J. Creaser, English
Edward M. Delci, Office of Student and Academic Programs

1994/1995
Donna Landers, ESPE
Chris Smith, History

Teaching award recipients: 1973 to current

2014-2015

Dean's Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Matthew Prior, Department of English
Steven Semken, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Tracy Spinrad, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Joanne Rondilla, School of Social Transformation

2012-2013

Dean's Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Miguel Aguilera, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Cornelia "Corri" Wells, Department of English

2011-2012

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Tamiko Azuma, Department of Speech and Hearing Science

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Shana Bell, School of International Letters and Cultures

2010-2011

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Amber Wutich, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Christine Pruis, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2009-2010

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Ian Gould, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Innovation in Teaching Award 
Jack Crittenden, School of Politics and Global Studies

Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award 
Lisa Aubrey, School of Social Transformation
 
Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Karen Dwyer, Department of English
 
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 
Halit Tagma, School of Politics and Global Studies

2008-2009

Dean's Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Okechukwu Iheduru, Political Science

Gary Krahenbuhl Difference Maker Award
Stephen Batalden, Melikian Center
 
Outstading Lecturer Award
Denise Bodman, School of Social and Family Dynamics

Innovation in Teaching Award
Ron Dorn, School of Geographical Sciences

Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award
David Capco, School of Life Sciences

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
Mostafa Afifi, Kinesiology

2007-2008

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Kyle Longley, History

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences
Michael Treacy, Physics

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social Sciences

Randy Cerveny, School of Geographical Sciences

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award

Charles Barfoot, Religious Studies

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award

Delon Washo-Krupps, School of Life Sciences

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Chad Awtrey, Mathematics

2006-2007

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
James Blasingame, English

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences
Valerie Stout, School of Life Sciences

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social Sciences

Michael Mitchell, Political Science

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Ryan Muckerheide, English

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Ron Briggs, Chemistry

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Ken Miller

2005-2006

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Danko Sipka, Language & Literatures

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences
Manfred Laubichler, School of Life Sciences

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social Sciences
Marty Andreis, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Belle Edson, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
John Duncan Shaeffer, Geography

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Jason Zingsheim, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

2004-2005

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Mark Lussier, English

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty
Jack Spielberg, Mathematics & Statistics

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social Sciences
A. Cheree Carlson, Communication

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Tracie Rogers, Kinesiology

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award
Stefania Tracogna, Mathematics & Statistics

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Jennifer Santos, English

2003-2004

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Richard Creath, Philosophy

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty
Anne Cowley, Physics

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Barry Leshowitz, Psychology

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
John A. Stookey, Political Science

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer/Academic Professional Award
Patty Pang, Languages & Literatures

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Will McArthur, History

2002-2003

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
John Devlin, Philosophy

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty
Jose Menendez, Physics

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Chris Smith, History

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Barb Colby, Philosophy

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer/Academic Professional Award

Jay Abramson, Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Sarah Fedirka, English

2001-2002

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Frederic Canovas, Languages and Literatures

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty

Ian Gould, Chemistry

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Michael Mitchell, Political Science

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
None for this year

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer/Academic Professional Award
Robert Fine, Sociology

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Christine McKellar, Sociology

2000-2001

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Ken Morrison, Religious Studies

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty
Gretchen E. Hoffman, Biology

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Malcom Comeaux, Geography

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Stephanie Williams, Sociology

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer/Academic Professional Award

Danny Bedgood, Chemistry & Biochem

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Tami Jackson, Biology

1999-2000

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Humanities
Eugenia DeLamotte, English

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty

James Strick, Biology

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Leona S. Aiken, Psychology

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award

John Lynch, Humanities

Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer/Academic Professional Award
Clarice Deal, Language & Literature

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Elizabeth Atencia-Oliden, Language & Literature

1998-1999

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Frederick Giffin, History
Johnson Kent Wright, Humanities

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Jo Alice Blondin, English

Outstanding Instructor Award
Lidia Haberman, Language & Literature

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Chris Winslow, Language & Literature

1997-1998

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Randall Cerveny, Geography
W. Jackson Crittenden, Political Science

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award

Stephen Francis, History

Outstanding Instructor Award
Sydney Langdon, Women’s Studies

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Frank Katz, English

1996-1997

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
John Evans, English
Kenneth Morrison, Religious Studies

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award

Barbara Colby, Philosophy

Outstanding Academic Professional Award
Beth Luey Scholarly, Publishing

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Denee Pescarmona, English

1995-1996

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Jewell Parker Rhodes, English
Barrie Ritchie, Physics & Astronomy

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Denise Bodman, FRHD

Outstanding Lecturer Award
Jeanne Dugan, English

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Paul Vaz, Mathematics

1994-1995

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Jay Boyer, English
Wanda Hendricks, History

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award
Greg Pope, Geography

Outstanding Lecturer Award
Donna Landers, ESPE

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Melissa Lockhart, Language & Literature

1993-1994

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Rachel Fuchs, History
Lynn Nelson, English

Outstanding Faculty Associate Award

Linda Bond, Speech & Hearing

Outstanding Lecturer Award
Georgeanne Scheiner, Women's Studies

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Philip Steiner, Zoology

1992-1993

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
William Kaufmann, Physics and Astronomy
Michael Mitchell, Political Science

1991-1992

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
W. Jackson Crittenden, Political Science
Matt Hasset, Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Rosalyn Constantino, Foreign Languages

1990-1991

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Dora Burton, Foreign Languages
Bertram Jacobs, Microbiology

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Mary Catherine Boatright, Foreign Languages

1989-1990

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Richard Satterlie, Zoology
Joan McCarter, Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Antone Ehrhardt, Microbiology

1988-1989

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Bernard Kobes, Philosophy
David Smith, Solid State Sciences

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Evelyn Cooper, History

1987-1988

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Stephen Batalden, History
John Page, Physics
Mary Vasquez, Foreign Languages

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Victoria Martinez, Foreign Languages
Laurence Cohen, Humanities

1986-1987

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Charles Dellheim, History
Barbara Lafford, Foreign Languages

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Alice Robertson, English

1985-1986

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Steven Rissing, Zoology

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Anthony Narendran, Microbiology

1984-1985

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Theodore Guleserian, Philosophy

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Anna Marie Gabriella Fry

1983-1984

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Wilson Baroody, English
Charles Merbs,Anthropology

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
Belgica Quiros-Winemiller
Robert Bell

1982-1983

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Jane Maienschein, Philosophy
Pier Baldini, Foreign Languages

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
Debra Park, Chemistry
Marty Horn, Geology

1981-1982

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Deborah Losse, Foreign Languages
Richard Stoner, Physics

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
Michael Buscaglia
Jeffrey Lundeen

1980-1981

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
James Case, Communication
Sumner Starrfield, Physics and Astronomy

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Richard Curry
Candice Coffin

1979-1980

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Seth Rose, Chemistry
L. Teresa Valdivieso, Foreign Languages

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards
Leonard Pailet, English
Kyle Rawlings, Physics

1978-1979

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Ted Humphrey, Philosophy
Roger Adelson, History

1977-1978

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Jeanie Brink, English
Lee Croft, Foreign Languages

1976-1977

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Marilyn Bidnick, Sociology
Mary Rothschild, History

1975-1976

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Louis Christian Smith, History
Neil Weiss, Mathematics

1974-1975

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
Kathleen Church, Zoology
Howard Voss, Physics

1973-1974

Dean’s Quality Teaching Award in honor of Zebulon Pearce
John Alcock, Zoology
Richard Nagasawa, Sociology