Sze/Hernandez Teaching Prize

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The Morgan Chia-Wen Sze and Bobbi Josephine Hernandez Distinguished Teaching Prize will be awarded to recognize professorial faculty for excellence in teaching, and will be awarded alternately over a three-year cycle to faculty in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences and mathematics.  The donors would like to encourage all award recipients to use a portion of the award to travel anywhere in the world of interest to them and through that travel “to bring the world back to Cornell”.  

One $25,000 award will be given annually to a faculty member from one of three areas

  • 2019: Natural Sciences and Math
  • 2020: Social Sciences
  • 2021: Humanities

Deadlne for nominations: February 22, 2019.

Nomination Process

Click here to nominate a faculty member. All materials in the nomination package should be submitted as a single pdf. Required documentation includes:

  • Information about teaching performance
  • Letter of support from undergraduate students (both majors and non-majors) including information on how the letters were obtained
  • Letter of support from the department chair, including the opinions of the nominee's colleagues



  • Amy Villarejo, performing and media arts, comparative literature, and feminist, gender and sexuality studies
  • Lydia Fakundiny, English