Faculty Excellence Awards

The university sponsors Faculty Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments of the faculty in
five areas of faculty work:  teaching, advising, mentoring, research, and service.  The recipients have been nominated
and selected by their peers, signifying their high regard among those who know them well.
Below are the Division of Humanities recipients. 

Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching

To recognize a teacher who embodies the qualities of excellent teaching, as measured by such skills as the ability to communicate knowledge effectively, to inspire in students a love of learning, and the willingness to go “above and beyond” in working with students in and outside of class.

Nancy Simpson Younger

(2020/21)
Assistant Professor of English

Nancy Simpson Younger

Agnes Choi

(2018/19)
Associate Professor of New Testament

Agnes Choi

Adela Ramos

(2015/16)
Associate Professor of English

Adela Ramos

Lisa Marcus

(2008/09)
Associate Professor English

Lisa Marcus

Tom Campbell

(2002/03)
Professor of English

Faculty Excellence Award in Advising

To recognize a faculty advisor who embodies the qualities of effective and caring concern for student academic progress, as measured by skill at helping students plan their academic schedule, navigate the challenges of college life, and make well-chosen life and career decisions.

Tyler Travillian

(2018/19)
Associate Professor
Classics & Multidisciplinary Studies

Tyler Travillian

Paloma Martínez-Carbajo

(2007/08)
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Keith Cooper

(2004/05)
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Keith Cooper

K.T. Tang Awards for Excellence in Research

The awards recognize faculty scholars who have made significant contributions to their disciplines through dissemination of rigorous, substantial, and on-going research activities employing methodologies appropriate to their disciplines; recent accomplishments are especially relevant.

Jen Jenkins

(2017/18)
Associate Professor of German

Kevin O'Brien

(2014/15)
Professor of Christian Ethics & Environmental Ethics

Kevin O'Brien

Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

(2013/14)
Professor of Religion & Culture

Rick Barot

(2009/10)
Assistant Professor of English

Rick Barot

Rebecca Wilkin

(2009/10)
Associate Professor of French

Doug Oakman

(2006/07)
Associate Professor of New Testament

Samuel Torvend

(2005/06)
Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity

Patricia O'Connell Killen

(2003/04)
Associate Professor of Religion

Erin McKenna

(2002/01)
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Faculty Excellence Award in Service

To recognize a faculty member who embodies the university mission of “service, leadership, and care,” by demonstrating academic leadership and influence in the life of the university through service in the areas of faculty governance, the university generally, our academic community, and community and profession beyond the university.

Keith Cooper

(2016/17)
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Callista Brown

(2012/13)
Professor of English

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Erin McKenna

(2010/11)
Professor of Philosophy

Roberta Brown

(2006/07)
Professor of French

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Paul Menzel

(2004/05)
Professor of Philosophy

Faculty Excellence Award in Mentoring in Honor of Art Gee

This award recognizes the efforts of a faculty member acting as a “personal guide” to students or colleagues. A mentor is one who, through experience, caring, and knowledge, makes a profound difference in the life of another by being a role model, a confidant, a critic, a friend, a teacher, and a co-learner.

Giovanna Urdangarain

(2020/21)
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Jason Skipper

(2018/19)
Associate Professor of English

Rona Kaufman

(2015/16)
Associate Professor of English

Kirsten Christensen

(2014/15)
Professor of German

Kirsten Christensen

Chuck Bergman

(2012/13)
Professor of English