Award Winning Teachers

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences faculty who have won teaching, service, mentoring and research awards.

Dean's Diversity Award

Sherryl Broverman
Sherryl Broverman

Sherryl Broverman - 2017 Winner - A decade ago, Sherryl Broverman was working with a university in Kenya to develop the first mandatory HIV/AIDS class, and during her work there, she began to realize how young women in Muhuru Bay were affected by arranged marriages, the AIDS crisis, and lack of educational support.

Her solution was to work with Kenyans to create WISER, a non-governmental organization that offers a secondary school for impoverished girls and AIDS orphans in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. The results have been enormous. The program, which regularly hosts Duke students and researchers, provides afterschool programs for girls, both to improve their retention but also to raise awareness of HIV transmission and other social issues they face there.

Year Recipient Department
2017 Sherryl Broverman Biology
2016 Calvin Howell Physics


David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Award

Dorian Canelas
Dorian Canelas

Dorian Canelas, 2017 Winner - Students generally struggle in introductory chemistry courses, and many fall by the wayside.  Dorian Canelas, instructor for the “Introduction to Chemistry and Chemical Problem Solving” class, has changed the standard narrative of what an introductory chem class is supposed to be, department chair Stephen Craig said.

“The students are very bright and highly motivated students who come from a high school background in which they have not been challenged to develop the type of problem-solving skills required to succeed in the sciences at Duke, and/or did not have an adequate chemistry background to compete with their peers,” Craig said. “Dori has implemented a course design that has proven to be very successful and appreciated by her students, and as a result she has fundamentally changed the persistence and success landscape for close to 100 students a year.”

Year Recipient Department
2017 Dorian Canelas Chemistry
2016 Henry Greenside Physics
2015 Eric Spana Biology
2014 Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel Statistical Science
2013 Jun Yang, Professor Computer Science
2012 Mohamed Noor, Professor Biology
2011 Christina Williams, Professor Psychology & Neuroscience
2010 Carlo Tomasi, Professor Computer Science
2009 Leslie Digby, Assistant Professor of the Practice Evolutionary Anthropology
2008 MIchael Reed, Professor Mathematics
2007 Alexander Hartemink, Assistant Professor Computer Science
2006 Steven Craig, Assistant Professor Chemistry
2005 Sherryl Broverman, Assistant Professor of the Practice Biology
2004 Alvin Crumbliss, Professor Chemistry
2003 Amin Vahdat, Assistant Professor Computer Science
2002 Alexander Motten, Associate Professor of the Practice Biology
2001 James Bonk, Professor Chemistry
2000 Jairo Moreno, Assistant Professor Music
1999 John Clum, Professor English
1998 Ruth Grant, Associate Professor Political Science


Robert B. Cox Award

Kathi Weeks
Kathi Weeks

Kathi Weeks, 2017 Winner - Kathi Weeks is one of the not-so secret weapons in attracting students to department courses. In fact, says Professor Ranjana Khanna, Weeks is probably “the main draw for students to consider majoring in the department. “My guess is that, if tracked, we would probably find that all students who took a course with Professor Weeks would then go on to take more courses in the program,” Khanna said.

In the classroom, most of Weeks’ classes bring new perspectives on key texts of the Western tradition of political theory, including Plato, Hobbes and Locke, and making them relevant to feminist scholarship.

Year Recipient Department
2017 Kathi Weeks Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
2016 Harris Solomon Cultural Anthropology
2015 Alex Harris Center for Documentary Studies
2014 Rebecca Bach Sociology
2013 Christopher Roy Chemistry
2012 Michael Moses, Professor English
2011 Richard MacPhail, Professor Chemistry
2010 Mark Anthony Neal, Professor African & African American Studies
2009 Diane Nelson, Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology
2008 Daniel Rittschoff, Associate Professor NSOE/Marine Lab
2007 Jan Riggsbee, Assistant Professor of the Practice Education
2006 Sonke Johnsen, Assistant Professor Biology
2005 Suzanne Shanahan, Assistant Professor Sociology
2004 Orin Starn, Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology
2003 Laurie Shannon, Assistant Professor English
2002 Victor Strandberg, Professor English
2001 Thomas Ferraro, Associate Professor English
2000 Ingeborg Walther, Professor Germanic Languages and Literature
1999 Michael Littman, Assistant Professor Computer Science
1998 Roxanne Springer, Assistant Professor Physics
1997 Jennifer Higa, Assistant Research Professor Psychology-Experimental
1996 Daniele Armaleo, Assistant Professor of the Practice Botany
1995 Owen Astrachan, Assistant Professor of the Practice Computer Science
1994 Bruce Kohorn, Associate Professor Botany
1993 Stephen Nowicki, Assistant Professor Zoology


Howard D. Johnson Award

Jessica Namakkal
Jessica Namakkal

Jessica Namakkal - 2017 Winner - If you see a stream of students lining up in the East Duke Building on East Campus, odds are it’s for office hours for Jessica Namakkal. A faculty member in International Comparative Studies (ICS), Namakkal teaches both the program’s gateway courses and higher level classes that challenge students to “to write persuasively, think critically, and develop analysis with precision,” said Lee Baker, director of the ICS program.

Her classes, Baker said, are notable not just for the level of complexity and high evaluations she receives from students, but for way she makes herself available to the students outside of the classroom, hence the long lines at her office hours.

Year Recipient Department
2017 Jessica Namakkal International Comparative Studies
2016 Mark Goodacre Religious Studies
2015 Susan Thorne History
2014 James W. Roberts Economics
2013 Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology
2012 Laurent Dubois, Professor Romance Studies, History
2011 Michelle Connolly, Professor of the Practice Economics
2010 Laura R. Edwards, Professor History
2009 Peter English, Professor History
2008 Huseyin Yildirim, Associate Professor Economics
2007 Claudia Koonz, Professor History
2006 Thomas Robisheaux, Associate Professor History
2005 Edward Balleisen, Associate Professor History
2004 Michael Munger, Professor Political Science
2003 Lori Leachman, Associate Professor of the Practice Economics
2002 Allen Kelley, Professor Economics
2001 Craufurd Goodwin, Professor Economics
2000 Neil De Marchi, Professor Economics
1999 Frederick Mayer, Associate Professor Public Policy
1998 Daniel Graham, Professor Economics
1997 Anthony Brown, Professor of the Practice Public Policy
1996 Gary Gereffi, Professor Sociology
1995 Thomas McCollough, Professor Religion
1994 Helen Ladd, Professor Public Policy
1993 Albert Eldridge, Associate Professor Political Science
1992 Roy Weintraub, Professor Economics
1991 Kenneth Spenner, Professor Sociology
1990 Ole Holsti, Professor Political Science


Richard K. Lublin Award

Markos Hadjioannou
Markos Hadjioannou

Markos Hadjioannou - 2017 Winner - What’s not to love about a class that has students engaging big social questions while watching the films of Alfred Hitchcock? Or “Meet Me in St. Louis?” Taking the class with Markos Hadjioannou makes it even better, students say.

Since coming to Duke in 2011, Hadjioannou has added a series of film study courses that cover Hollywood, European, and Asian cinemas but also film philosophy, film theory, and the ramifications of cinema’s transition from the celluloid to the digital age. Also acclaimed for his film studies scholarship, Hadjioannou is accessible to students and adapts each class to the specific learning interests and abilities of the students, colleagues said.

Year Recipient Department
2017 Markos Hadjioannou Literature Program
2016 JoAnne VanTuyl Slavic & Eurasian Studies
2015 Michael Hardt Program in Literature
2014 Erdag Goknar Slavic & Eurasian Studies
2013 Purnima Shah, Dance Dance
2012 Michael Ferejohn, Associate Professor Philosophy
2011 Elena Maksimova, Professor of the Practice Slavic and Eurasian Studies
2010 Margaret Greer, Professor Romance Studies
2009 Andrew Janiak, Associate Professor Philosophy
2008 Wesley Kort, Professor Religion
2007 Lee Baker, Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology
2006 Jehanne Gheith, Associate Professor Slavic and Eurasian Studies
2005 Peter McIsaac, Assistant Professor Germanic Languages and Literature
2004 Christina Askounis, Lecturer English
2003 Naomi Quinn, Professor Cultural Anthropology
2002 Owen Astrachan, Professor of the Practice Computer Science
2001 Clare Tufts, Associate Professor of the Practice Romance Studies
2000 Ian Baucom, Assistant Professor English
1999 Guven Guzeldere, Assistant Professor Philosophy
1998 Marie Lynn Miranda, Professor Nicholas School of the Environment
1998 Clay Teliafero, Professor of the Practice Dance
1997 Malachi Hocohen, Assistant Professor History
1997 Deborah Pope, Professor English
1996 Paule Gronke, Assistant Professor Political Science
1996 Jennifer Thorn, Assistant Professor English
1995 David Bell, Professor Romance Studies
1995 Jean O'Barr, Professor Women's Studies
1994 Kristine Stiles, Associate Professor Art & Art History
1994 Wendy Luttrell, Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology
1993 Edna Andrews, Associate Professor Slavic Languages and Literature
1993 Lewis Blake, Assistant Professor of the Practice Mathematics


Teaching with Technology Award

This award, co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technology, recognizes teaching excellence with a significant technology component. The faculty winner will receive a $5,000 prize. The award is open to all faculty who teach Trinity College of Arts & Sciences undergraduates.

Evaluation criteria:

  • uses technology with a focus on student learning and engagement
  • collaborates and shares innovative aspects of the teaching experience to the broader community
  • assesses the impact of student learning
Year Recipient Department
2015 Connel Fullencamp Economics
2014 Denise Comer Thompson Writing Program
2013 Ronen Plesser, Associate Professor Physics


Dean's Leadership Award

This award recognizes a group that has demonstrated exceptional leadership to the department, college or university through research, teaching or service. All faculty and staff of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences are eligible for the award. The winning team will share a prize of $5,000.

Evaluation criteria:

  • makes a distinctive contribution to research, teaching or service
  • reflects effective teamwork
  • extends relationships within and across departments, programs, the school or the university
  • contributes to a group effort that has significant impact

Naval Science Advisor TeamNaval Science Advisor Team - 2017 Winner - The team was cited for devising a program that has successfully “enables the students to assume leadership roles within the program and lead their peers.” In addition to classroom education, the program trains students through event planning and operation, community service, personal skills training and cultural exploration. The team consists of Maj. Joseph Steinfels, associate professor of naval science; Capt. Barry Morris, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Joseph Bivans, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Christopher Thumen, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Alexander Dworjan, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Karl Meyer, visiting assistant professor; and GySgt Zach Doty, USMC.

Year Team Members Department(s)
2017 Naval Science Advisor Team - Maj. Joseph Steinfels, associate professor of naval science; Capt. Barry Morris, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Joseph Bivans, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Christopher Thumen, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Alexander Dworjan, visiting assistant professor; Lt. Karl Meyer, visiting assistant professor; and GySgt Zach Doty, USMC. Navy ROTC
2016 Caroline Bruzelius for Wired! Art, Art History & Visual Studies
2015 Chemistry Outreach Program, Kenneth Lyle Chemistry
2014 Spanish Language Program's Civic Engagement Initiative - Eileen Anderson, Joan Clifford, Rebecca Ewing, Bethzaida Fernandez, Lisa Merschel, Joan Munne, Liliana Parades, Maria Romero, Melissa Simmermeyer, Rosa Solorzano, Graciela Vidal, and William Villalba Romance Studies
2013 Ayana Arce, Ashutosh Kotwal, Al Goshaw, Mark Kruse, Seog Oh, Jack Fowler, Chiho Wang, William Ebenstein, Doug Benjamin, Andrea Bocci Physics


Dean's Distinguished Service Award

Year Recipient
2012 Ruth Day, Psychology & Neuroscience
2011 David Malone, Program in Education
2010 James Bonk, Chemistry
2009 Suzanne Shanahan, Sociology
2008 Mary T. Boatwright, Classical Studies
2007 Alvin Crumbliss, Chemistry


Award for Excellence in Advising

Year Recipient

Catherine Admay, Public Policy
Sue Wasiolek, Student Affairs


Lewis Blake, Mathematics
Lee Willard, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences


Deboran Johnson, Office of Undergraduate Education
Steve Baldwin, Chemistry

2014 Kelly Cottrell, Professional Development Institute


University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award

Year Recipient Department
2013 Edna Andrews, Professor Slavic & Eurasian Studies
2011 William Chafe, Professor History


Award for Excellence for Teaching and Writing

Miranda Welsh
Miranda Welsh

Miranda Welsh - 2017 Winner - Disease transmission is an unusual focus for a writing course, but Miranda Welsh makes it work for students. Her Writing 101 class -- the foundational writing course for all first-year students – is called “The Ecology of Disease,” and in it Welsh has students ask why some diseases are lethal and why some cause epidemics while others are rare?

The class builds on Welsh’s background in biology – she received a Ph.D. in 2016 and studies the physiological, community, and disease ecology of pathogens and their hosts. That research makes for a writing class that challenges and interests students, colleagues said.

Award recipient names are maintained on the Thompson Writing Program website at this URL:


Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA)

Thomas Nechyba
Thomas Nechyba

Thomas Nechyba - 2017 Winner - Winner of the only university teaching award selected by undergraduates, economist Thomas Nechyba teaches both seminars and large introductory gateway courses. In all, students say, he makes them aware of his “undying commitment to his students.”

“It is apparent that for all of his hundreds of citations, publications in the literature, and appearances before signature conferences on the ever-evolving field of microeconomics, Dr. Nechyba's students remain #1, and that is simply invaluable for any professor to possess,” said one student in nominating him.

Award recipient names are maintained on the Duke Alumni Associate website at this URL:

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Year Recipient Department
2016 Sherryl Broverman Biology