Russell Distinguished Teaching Award

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The Russell Distinguished Teaching Award is intended for professorial faculty, lecturers, senior lecturers and teaching assistants who have demonstrated their devotion to teaching, where teaching is understood to include classroom presence, preparation and administration, student counseling (including general advising of students formally assigned, but not necessarily enrolled in the recipients’ course), development of new courses and new methods of student instruction. Teaching of graduate students shall be recognized, but preference shall be given to teaching of undergraduates. Previous winners of Russell or Clark awards are not eligible.

The Russell Awards are given as follows:

  • Faculty/lecturer/senior lecturer: two $3,000 awards
  • Teaching assistant: one $1,500 award
  • To each recipient’s department, $500 to be used to further undergraduate teaching and learning

Nomination Process


To make a nomination, send a letter to the department chair by February 1.

Chairs and directors of graduate studies:

All nomination packages must be submitted to the dean by either a department chair or a director of graduate studies. The deadline for nominations is March 1. If that date falls on a weekend or holiday, then the next business day becomes the deadline.

Each nomination must include:

  • Information about teaching performance
  • Letters from undergraduates (both majors & non-majors) including details on how the letters were obtained
  • Letter of nomination from the department chair including the opinions of the nominator(s)

The nomination materials should be submitted:

  • In one PDF file for each nominee using the following naming convention: Nominee last name-first initial_award-name_2015.pdf, for example: Huxley-T_Dean-2015.pdf
  • By email to the Arts & Sciences Awards Committee, with the award name in the subject of your email. You may submit multiple pdf files for a single award in one email, but each nomination must include a priority ranking.

Questions should be directed to the Arts & Sciences Awards Committee



  • Alexander Ophir, psychology
  • Tom Ruttledge, chemistry and chemical biology
  • Nicholas Mason, ecology and evolutionary biology 


  • Eric Tagliacozzo, history
  • Floyd Davis, chemistry
  • Wee Hao Ng, physics


  • Masha Raskolnikov, English
  • Shalom Schoer, Near Eastern studies
  • Christopher Dalton, ecology and evolutionary biology


  • Ismail Baggari, physics
  • Barbara Correll, English
  • Antonia Ruppel, classics


  • Gustavo Flores Macias, government
  • Michael Stillman, math
  • Matthew Kibbee, English


  • Charles Aquadro, molecular biology and genetics
  • Kayla Crosbie, physics
  • Jon Parmenter, history


  • Maria Cristina Garcia, history
  • Philip Krasicky, physics
  • Bryan Alkemeyer, English


  • Carol Gilson Rosen, linguistics
  • Kim Haines-Eitzen, Near Eastern studies
  • Alex Alemi, physics


  • Anne Beggs, theatre, film & dance
  • Jonathan Kirshner, government
  • Mariana Wolfner, molecular biology & genetics


  • Turan Birol, physics
  • Allen Hatcher, mathematics
  • Burke Hendrix, government
  • Ana Rojas, comparative literature
  • Scott Tucker, music


  • Derek Chang, history
  • Thomas Hill, English
  • Cristina Dahl, comparative literature


  • Christopher Way, government
  • Geoffrey Coates, chemistry and chemical biology
  • Christopher Jones, physics


  • Paul Chirik, chemistry and chemical biology
  • Maria Terrell, mathematics
  • Andres Lema-Hincapie, Romance studies


  • Kathryn March, anthropology
  • Mary McCullough, English
  • Nicholas Davis, English


  • Dennis Regan, psychology
  • Melissa Hines, chemistry
  • John Sebastian, English & medieval studies


  • Ravi Ramakrishna, mathematics
  • Molly Diesing, linguistics
  • Neil Jenkins, chemistry


  • Dexter Kozen, computer science
  • Peter Gilgen, German studies
  • Mary Miles


  • Nicholas Jones, physics
  • Fredric Bogel, English
  • Gerald Feigenson, molecular biology & genetics


  • Douglas Weibel, chemistry
  • Steven Squyres, astronomy
  • Thomas Gilovich, psychology


  • Howard Schweber
  • Keshav Pingali, computer science
  • Daniel Schwarz, English
  • Daniel Usner, history


  • Ewa Badowska, English
  • Calum Carmichael, comparative literature
  • David Mermin, physics


  • Ross Brann, Near Eastern studies
  • Brian Smith, computer science
  • John L. Bower


  • Marilyn Migiel, Romance studies
  • James Coykendall, mathematics


  • Molly Hite, English
  • Peter Katzenstein, government
  • Brooks Appelbaum, English


  • Daniel Huttenlocher, computer science
  • Cynthia Nieb


  • Barry Carpenter, chemistry
  • Meredith Small, anthropology