Each year, the Arts & Sciences Council honors outstanding faculty members for their teaching, service, mentoring and research. Since her arrival, Dean Valerie Ashby has also bestowed honors on those who distinguished themselves through leadership and the advancement of diversity.
- Dean's Diversity Award
- Dean's Leadership Award
- Undergraduate Teaching Awards
- Award for Excellence in Advising
- Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing
- Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA)
- University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award
- Teaching with Technology Award
- Dean's Distinguished Service Award
- Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Dean's Diversity Award
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dean's Diversity Award was not presented in 2021. It will resume in 2022.
This award recognizes how diversity drives excellence in research, teaching, advising, mentoring, and service. All Trinity faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible.
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."
“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."
Dean's Leadership Award
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dean's Leadership Award was not presented in 2021. It will resume in 2022.
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 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.”
Associate Research ProfessorMathematics2018
Naval Science Advisor Team
Maj. Joseph Steinfels, Capt. Barry Morris, Lt. Joseph Bivans, Lt. Christopher Thumen, Lt. Alexander Dworjan, Lt. Karl Meyer, GySgt Zach DotyNavy ROTC2017
ProfessorArt, Art History & Visual Studies2016
Kenneth LyleChemistry (Outreach Program)2015
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, William VillalbaRomance Studies2014
Physics Team Members
Ayana Arce, Ashutosh Kotwal, Al Goshaw, Mark Kruse, Seog Oh, Jack Fowler, Chiho Wang, William Ebenstein, Doug Benjamin, Andrea BocciPhysics2013
Undergraduate Teaching Awards
David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Award
Alison Hill, Senior Lecturer, Biology
From students: “Taking [Professor Hill's class] has introduced to me the many nuances in the concepts I had formerly been exposed to. I would also argue that this new method of learning encourages me to ask more questions because of the substantial increase in critical thinking required, which I am thankful for!"
"I appreciate the mastery aspect in this class!! Learning is not just about making the grade, but it's about understanding HOW + WHY something works the way it does. I feel like I am leaving Biology understanding a lot of material and how it actually works in my body.”
“This course was designed with a lot of forethought. We had an entire lecture/insight on learning and different techniques to learn best. My performance in this class may have not been the best, but I did learn, interestingly, how to learn from this class!”
Gosnell Family Professor in Global HealthEvolutionary Anthropology2020
Professor of the PracticeComputer Science2019
Associate ProfessorComputer Science2018
Assistant Professor of the PracticeStatistical Science2014
ProfessorPsychology & Neuroscience2011
Assistant Professor of the PracticeEvolutionary Anthropology2009
Assistant ProfessorComputer Science2007
Assistant Professor of the PracticeBiology2005
Assistant ProfessorComputer Science2003
Associate Professor of the PracticeBiology2002
Associate ProfessorPolitical Science1998
Robert B. Cox Award
Bridgette Hard, Associate Professor of the Practice, Psychology & Neuroscience
From students: “Every lecture was very well-organized and structured, yet was engaging! It felt like a TED-talk. Prof. Hard proposed ways that we could apply the concepts we learned in class to our own lives or our relationships with those around us, which was very helpful."
"I really liked how Bridgette welcomed discussions and how we could just talk about we learned. She didn't just lecture at us but allowed us to relate to the material. This class was my highlight of the week, and I genuinely looked forward to it every Monday. I cannot stress enough how grateful I am that I took this class. I'm going to miss this class, and it has easily been my favorite class so far at Duke."
Associate ProfessorGender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies2020
Associate ProfessorGender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies2018
ProfessorGender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies2017
Assistant ProfessorCultural Anthropology2016
Professor of the PracticeCenter for Documentary Studies2015
Associate Professor of the PracticeSociology2014
ProfessorAfrican & African American Studies2010
Associate ProfessorCultural Anthropology2009
Associate ProfessorNSOE/Marine Lab2008
Assistant Professor of the PracticeEducation2007
Associate ProfessorCultural Anthropology2004
ProfessorGermanic Languages and Literature2000
Assistant ProfessorComputer Science1999
Assistant Research ProfessorPsychology-Experimental1997
Assistant Professor of the PracticeBotany1996
Assistant Professor of the PracticeComputer Science1995
Howard D. Johnson Award
Rebecca Stein, Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology
From colleagues: “By contrast to the temptation of some of us to go easy, [Stein] has a reputation as a very challenging teacher, one who demands full engagement and teaches difficult material. That makes it all the more remarkable that students have such high praise for her. I’ve heard them speak about her classes as their very favorites, precisely for the way that they felt challenged and inspired. They describe Rebecca’s courses as genuine intellectual experiences that delve deep and reward by their complex richness. ”
From students: “[Stein's course] is a fantastic introduction to critical visual theory and human rights. Highly recommend taking it if you're interested in human rights, social media and human rights, or visuality and human rights.”
Sally Dalton Robinson ProfessorSociology2020
Assistant Professor of the PracticeInternational Comparative Studies2017
Associate ProfessorCultural Anthropology2013
ProfessorRomance Studies, History2012
Professor of the PracticeEconomics2011
Laura R. Edwards
Associate Professor of the PracticeEconomics2003
Associate ProfessorPublic Policy1999
Professor of the PracticePublic Policy1997
Associate ProfessorPolitical Science1993
Richard K. Lublin Award
Kelly Alexander, Lecturing Fellow, Center for Documentary Studies
From Students: “Kelly is so, so supportive of her students, and knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. I will always remember this class!!”
"Without a doubt, this is the best class I have ever taken at Duke. Professor Alexander is the best! Class was always extremely interesting and everyone always wanted to participate. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to take it."
"Professor Alexander really cares about transforming students into better writers. She designs her class to be fun and instructive, and she's knowledgeable in the wide array of topics we covered. One of the best professors/teachers I've ever had.
Associate ProfessorRomance Studies2019
Senior LecturerCultural Anthropology, International Comparative Studies2018
Assistant ProfessorLiterature Program2017
Associate Professor of the PracticeSlavic & Eurasian Studies2016
ProfessorProgram in Literature2015
Assistant ProfessorSlavic & Eurasian Studies2014
Associate Professor of the PracticeDance2013
Professor of the PracticeSlavic and Eurasian Studies2011
Associate ProfessorCultural Anthropology2007
Associate ProfessorSlavic and Eurasian Studies2006
Assistant ProfessorGermanic Languages and Literature2005
Professor of the PracticeComputer Science2002
Associate Professor of the PracticeRomance Studies2001
ProfessorNicholas School of the Environment1998
Professor of the PracticeDance1998
Assistant ProfessorPolitical Science1996
Associate ProfessorCultural Anthropology1994
Associate ProfessorArt & Art History1994
Associate ProfessorSlavic Languages and Literature1993
Assistant Professor of the PracticeMathematics1993
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.
Makeba Parramore Wilbourn, Associate Professor of the Practice, Psychology & Neuroscience
From students: "I would’ve been lost without her…she helped me choose classes that really helped me grow and learn what I wanted to do. She gave me advice and explained things to me in ways I had never thought of before. She really helped me come to terms with my identity and who I am, and that itself is something so valuable to me, I could never be grateful enough for that. Words she said to me my first semester freshman year I can still remember so clearly, her impact on my life is unmeasurable."
“I always appreciate the time that Dr. Wilbourn took to make sure that I was always doing okay, both with my physical and mental health. I always knew that I had a faculty member that cared about me and knew me for who I was outside of my academics, which I know not all students experience."
Data Analyst and Learning ConsultantAcademic Resource Center2020
- University Libraries2019
- Community and Family Medicine2018
- Public Policy2017
Sue WasiolekStudent Affairs2017
Lee WillardTrinity College of Arts & Sciences2016
Deborah JohnsonOffice of Undergraduate Education2015
Kelly CottrellProfessional Development Institute2014
Award 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.
Sarah Parsons, Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program
From colleagues: “Through her classroom teaching and course design, students are encouraged to engage with scientific writing and entomology not only as undergraduates, but also as citizens with the potential to influence public opinion and propose policy. Dr. Parsons enlivens her class and broadens its scope by providing students the opportunity to interact with class visitors, who this semester included Duke scientists and a local government official.”
Find more information about past winners at the Thompson Writing Program website.
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award was not presented in 2021. It will resume in 2022.
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 Association website.
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.
Associate ProfessorPsychology & Neuroscience2012
Associate Professor of the PracticeProgram in Education2011
Associate Research ProfessorSociology2009