Award Winning Teachers

Each year, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences honors outstanding faculty members for their teaching, service, mentoring and research. Here are the most recent winners.

Katherine Franz
Katherine Franz

Dean's Diversity Award

This award recognizes how diversity drives excellence in research, teaching, advising, mentoring, and service. All Trinity faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible.

Katherine Franz, Chair, Chemistry
Amanda Hargrove, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

From colleagues: “As Chair of Chemistry, Kathy has work tirelessly (and successfully I might add) to build an inclusive environment in our Department that pervades all aspects of our Department's mission including research, teaching, advising, and mentoring.”

“I have seen first-hand [Kathy's] commitment to best practices in hiring, at all levels. It is this commitment and her leadership in this area that has led to increased consideration of traditionally underrepresented candidates in faculty and staff searches and in increased diversity in the offers of employment made by our Department in recent years."

Amanda Hargrove
Amanda Hargrove

“From the first days of her faculty position at Duke in 2013, Amanda has purposefully and intentionally created a culture of collaboration, mutual support, inclusion and outreach. This commitment pervades all aspects of her research, teaching and service.”

"Amanda’s phenomenal success in her research program provides an exemplary model of how values of diversity and inclusion are not just “the right thing to do,” but are part of the fabric of excellence to which the academy aspires."

Year Recipient Department
2020 Katherine Franz, Chair, and Amanda Hargrove, Assistant Professor Chemistry
2019 Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Associate Professor Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
2018 Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Distinguished Professor English, Gender,  Sexuality & Feminist Studies
2017 Sherryl Broverman, Associate Professor of the Practice Biology
2016 Calvin Howell, Professor Physics

Dean's Leadership Award

This award recognizes a group of people or an individual who have 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..

Leo ChingLeo Ching, Associate Professor, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and Director, International Comparative Studies

From colleagues: “Prof. Ching is truly unique and extraordinary in his camaraderie and generosity towards colleagues and students, and for the record of distinguished service on a truly broad spectrum.”

“Among many other noteworthy services Prof. Ching has performed for the university, I would like to highlight the intensive labor and the critical role he played in the creation of the Asian-American Studies Program and the CAH-MA program. For the former, he worked closely with students who were campaigning for the inclusion of Asian-American Studies in the curriculum and volunteered as a faculty liaison between them and the administration to pave the way to the formal launching of the program. For the CAH-MA, partnering with Prof. Carlos Rojas, Prof. Ching spearheaded careful and successful efforts to establish an MA program in the department through identifying and developing a track in the existing APSI MA program. A collaborative relationship with the APSI that Prof. Ching managed to forge in this process has resulted in the stabilization and flourishing of both of the MA programs.”

“Leo had been an integral part of ICS, as a member of the Program Committee, advisor for ICS students, and guest lecturer in the ICS gateway course, for years prior to his appointment as Director of ICS in 2018. His leadership has been incredibly important to the current success of ICS. Leo has boldly led this program down the path of making the ICS curriculum and faculty stronger, through hiring and course development, while simultaneously beginning the process of building new programming to help ICS add to the overall Duke curriculum. He took over a program that was having a difficult time thriving, and has turned it into a space of intellectual rigor for both students and faculty. He supports students and faculty in any way he can.”

Year Team Members Department(s)
2020 Leo Ching, Associate Professor and Director Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and International Comparative Studies
2019 Antonio Viego, Associate Professor Literature
2018 Paul Bendich, Associate Research Professor Mathematics
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, Professor Wired! / Art, Art History & Visual Studies
2015 Kenneth Lyle Chemistry (Outreach Program)
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

Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Charles NunnDavid and Janet Vaughan Brooks Award

Charles Nunn, Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health, Evolutionary Anthropology

From colleagues: “Prof. Nunn generates excitement and enthusiasm among undergraduates because of his openness, approachability, clarity in presenting concepts, and genuine interest in other people’s points of view and perspective."

"Nunn expects students to develop research hypotheses and takeleadership on tractable dimensions of the overall project. Students on his three previous [Bass Connections] teams have produced seven undergraduate honors theses and two Global Health Masters theses. In addition, four students from his teams have been listed as authors on peer-reviewed publications. Mentoring undergraduate students to conduct high-level research of this nature takes effort and creativity."

From students: “Professor Nunn genuniely cares about your learning and understanding. He appreciates questions and student curiosity and can connect you to tons of research.”

“Dr. Nunn is an awesome professor! He is clearly passionate about his work, and his charisma makes lectures interesting and engaging.”

Year Recipient Department
2020 Charles Nunn, Gosnell Family Professor in Global Healt Evolutionary Anthropology
2019 Susan Rodger, Professor of the Practice Computer Science
2018 Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Associate Professor Computer Science
2017 Dorian Canelas, Assistant Professor Chemistry
2016 Henry Greenside, Associate Professor Physics
2015 Eric Spana, Assistant Professor Biology
2014 Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Assistant Professor of the Practice 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

Gabriel RosenbergRobert B. Cox Award

Gabriel Rosenberg, Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

From colleagues: “Exceptionally thorough and conscientious in his preparation, Professor Rosenberg is excellent at facilitating discussion. I can see what students mean when they praise his balance of discussion and lecture. He brings a playful spirit to the class and clearly has fun, but at the same time he manages skillfully to introduce difficult theoretical concepts in ways students at multiple levels can understand and join the discussion."

“Gabe is both an exceptionally rigorous and a wonderfully innovative instructor. He works very hard to meet students where they are and then to help them to higher levels of knoweldge and critical thinking.”

From students: “Rosenberg is a phenomenal lecturer and very attuned to where he wants the lecture to go and what concepts he wants us to grasp. ”

“This was seriously one of the best classes I've taken at Duke. Professor Rosenberg is super knowledgeable, articulate, and intellectually sophisticated. He pushed and challenged us to think deeper and differently, but at the same time he made sure to break down and explain difficult concepts or tough readings. He is also really personable and very willing to help students with understanding concepts and developing their arguments for papers. ”

Year Recipient Department
2020 Gabriel Rosenberg, Associate Professor Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
2019 Kevin Welsher, Assistant Professor Chemistry
2018 Kimberly Lamm, Associate Professor Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
2017 Kathi Weeks, Professor Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
2016 Harris Solomon, Assistant Professor Cultural Anthropology
2015 Alex Harris, Professor of the Practice Center for Documentary Studies
2014 Rebecca Bach, Associate Professor of the Practice Sociology
2013 Christopher Roy, Lecturer 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

Jen'nan ReadHoward D. Johnson Award

Jen'nan Read, Sally Dalton Robinson Professor, Sociology

From colleagues: “Professor Read’s undergraduate teaching ability comes through clearly in these two courses, in which she encourages hands-on learning by requiring students to engage in group fieldwork projects in Durham that identify ways in which social factors shape racial and ethnic health disparities in our community. In both classes, she has also introduced innovative techniques such as flipped classrooms and small-group problem-solving exercises, while providing a clear course structure and individual attention.

“Jen’nan is consistently mentioned among students as one of their favorite professors within sociology. This is impressive because some of these students are not even sociology majors, but rather students coming from the natural sciences to take courses in medical sociology.”

From students: “One of the kindest, smartest, most caring and interesting professors I have had at Duke.”

“Professor Read is an exceptional professor she makes learning enjoyable and takes the time to get to know her students. I appreciate the enthusiasm and passion she has for the subject."

Year Recipient Department
2020 Jen'nan Read, Sally Dalton Robinson Professor Sociology
2019 D. Sunshine Hillygus, Professor Political Science
2018 Peter Feaver, Professor Political Science
2017 Jessica Namakkal, Assistant Professor of the Practice International Comparative Studies
2016 Mark Goodacre, Professor Religious Studies
2015 Susan Thorne, Associate Professor History
2014 James W. Roberts, Associate Professor 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

Charlotte SussmanRichard K. Lublin Award

Charlotte Sussman, Professor, English

From colleagues: “As further evidence of the vitality of Professor Sussman’s teaching method, one of the students in the most recent section of the 'Doctor’s Stories' class was so excited by that course that she went on to develop a spring 2019 House Course on 'Human Experimentation in Medicine and Literature,' which Professor Sussman sponsored. It is difficult to imagine a more compelling testimony to the success of this class and Professor Sussman’s teaching. ”

"Charlotte’s skill as a teacher goes well beyond the walls and hours of class-time. I find her an inspiring model and collaborator, and have enjoyed working with her and the other colleagues in the lab to see our undergraduates flourish."

From Students: “Professor Sussman’s class was a great example of what can happen when a professor truly invests in how the student is experiencing the course. She acknowledges when we are struggling with a concept the book raises or finding evidence to support a claim that a secondary source is making. She always provides a biographical sketch for each author we read and encourages us to explore how that contributes to the context of the work. She challenges us to think deeper, letting other students consider and respond to a question that one student raises, rather than giving a definitive answer herself and moving on. Above all, she is an encourager, always rooting for her students to do better, and that enthusiasm is a great motivator. ”

Year Recipient Department
2020 Charlotte Sussman, Professor English
2019 Deborah Reisinger, Associate Professor Romance Studies
2018 Robin Kirk, Senior Lecturer Cultural Anthropology, International Comparative Studies
2017 Markos Hadjioannou, Assistant Professor Literature Program
2016 JoAnne Van Tuyl, Associate Professor of the Practice Slavic & Eurasian Studies
2015 Michael Hardt, Professor Program in Literature
2014 Erdag Goknar, Assistant Professor Slavic & Eurasian Studies
2013 Purnima Shah, Associate Professor of the Practice 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

Award for Excellence in Advising

The Award for Excellence in Advising, first presented in 2007, honors faculty and staff advisers who have helped guide undergraduates in the first two years at Duke.

Todd WoernerTodd Woerner, Lecturing Fellow, Chemistry

From students: “Dr. Woerner always pushed me to understand and be able to articulate why I was doing the things I was doing. Every time I walk out of his office, I feel more confident in my decisions and like I have learned something new about a topic that interests me. He makes me feel like a priority of his and will take as much time out of his day to talk with me about anything I may want.”

“He listened. Even though listening is a simple concept, a lot of people are not good at being a rapt listener. Dr. Woerner took time from his busy schedule to give me his undivided attention. This attention to my needs was much appreciated and deserves some recognition.”


Amanda Curtin SoydanAmanda Curtin Soydan, Data Analyst and Learning Consultant, Academic Resource Center


From students: "Amanda has had one of the greatest impacts on my experience at Duke thus far and I honestly do not think I would be where I am today without her unwavering support and eagerness to better me and a person and student. I believe that Duke would be a different place if all academic adviser's strived to have a positive impact on each and every one of their advisees, because you never know how much a student is depending on that support!"

"Amanda was always willing to listen to me talk about my classes and the reasons why I did or did not enjoy them. Every meeting was a brainstorming session where I left with valuable advice and next steps to pursue. She never seemed annoyed when I changed my major and my plans. I always felt comfortable talking to her and having her as an academic counselor undoubtedly helped shaped my Duke experience."

Year Recipient
2020 Todd Woerner, Chemistry
Amanda Curtin Soydan, Academic Resource Center
2019 David Malone, Education
Lee Sorensen, University Libraries
2018 Franca Alphin, Community and Family Medicine
Rann Bar-On, Mathematics
2017 Catherine Admay, Public Policy
Sue Wasiolek, Student Affairs
2016 Lewis Blake, Mathematics
Lee Willard, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
2015 Deboran Johnson, Office of Undergraduate Education
Steve Baldwin, Chemistry
2014 Kelly Cottrell, Professional Development Institute

Haleema WeljiAward for Excellence in Teaching Writing

This award recognizes exceptionally strong teachers of academic writing. The award is made possible by the generosity of the Karen Blumenthal and Scott McCartney Endowment.

Haleema Welji, Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program

From colleagues: “Our award selection committee was particularly impressed by Haleema’s course design, and with her innovative, well-scaffolded assignments that are discipline specific, and yet transfer well to other writing contexts. Haleema facilitates strong peer-to-peer engagement, and invites students to see how their writing can make a difference.”

From students: “The class is very interesting and allows you to see multiple perspectives. Professor Welji provides a very interactive and exciting learning environment. Would strongly recommend taking this course."

“... A very effective course on learning how to write! Lots of peer interactions, which help develop your writing style as well as how you communicate your ideas to others.”

Find more information about past winners at the Thompson Writing Program website.

Bruce JentlesonAlumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA)

Bruce Jentleson, William Preston Few Distinguished Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor, Political Science

From students: "The two courses I took with Professor Jentleson have been some of the most challenging, unique, and useful courses I have taken at Duke. Professor Jentleson holds students to a high, yet attainable standard. He meets students where they are at and pushes them to be the best writer, thinker, student, and person they can be."

“Beyond fostering an open classroom environment for students to share and evaluate diverse opinions, Professor Jentleson challenges students to embrace intellectual complexity and nuance. He prompts students with bold, open, and intriguing questions, but warns against pursuing a one-sided or extreme stance. He encourages students to propose new ideas, but maintains an idea is insufficient without critical analysis and adequate defense."

Find more information about past winners at the Duke Alumni Associate website.

University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award

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

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.

Year Recipient Department
2015 Connel Fullenkamp, Professor of the Practice Economics
2014 Denise Comer, Assistant Professor of the Practice Thompson Writing Program
2013 Ronen Plesser, Associate Professor Physics

Dean's Distinguished Service Award

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

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Year Recipient Department
2016 Sherryl Broverman, Associate Professor Biology