Faculty Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award

Each year the Department of Molecular Biosciences recognizes faculty for their outstanding contributions to learning in the classroom with the Outstanding Teaching Award. Exemplary faculty should consistently demonstrate outstanding teaching, which includes all activities in which faculty members engage to facilitate learning of their students both in and out of the classroom.

For departmental awardees to be nominated by the department for the CNS Teaching Excellence Award, they may not have received the CNS award in the last seven years. 

The award committee will look for evidence that the nominee:

  • Stimulates intellectual curiosity
  • Shows evidence of being current in the field
  • Demonstrates commitment to student learning both in and out of the classroom 
  • Positively impacts career development
  • Reflects on past teaching experience to improve current practice and utilizes best practices in pedagogy
  • Shows consistency in teaching excellence (have taught for at least three semesters)

Two awards will be presented: one for Assistant Professors and one for Associate/Full Professors. Nominations should be received by early Spring 2025.   Self-nominations are welcome. The MBS Outstanding Teaching Award(s) will be announced at the MBS Annual Retreat on March 21, 2025.

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Past Award Winners

2024 Winners

Rick Russell and Elif Sarinay Cenik

2023 Winners

Kenneth Johnson & Despoina Mavridou

2022 Winners

Jessie Zhang & Jeff Barrick

2021 Winners

Jackie Dudley & Dan Dickinson

2020 Winners

Steve Vokes