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Faculty and Graduate Student Awards

Each academic year at a meeting of the faculty during the fall semester, the professors and administrators of the College of Arts and Science recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring within the Arts and Science community. The awards listed here are an important part of the Arts and Science tradition, and the lists of recipients below contain the names of some of the most distinguished and beloved professors, instructors, and mentors in the history of Vanderbilt.

The Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Jeffrey Nordhaus Award was established in 1982 by a gift from Katherine Stumb Nordhaus and George Nordhaus in memory of their son, Jeffrey, victim of an airplane crash in 1979. George Nordhaus, Jeffrey's father, is a 1955 Vanderbilt University graduate.

The awards recognize Arts and Science faculty who have excelled in teaching undergraduates. Nominations are reviewed and ranked by student members of Phi Beta Kappa, after which the dean selects a winner. Each winner receives a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.

In 2004 the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award was expanded by the Nordhaus family to recognize excellence in teaching within each of the three main areas of Arts and Science--the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.

2019 Nancy Reisman (English)
2019 Lauren Jackson (Biological Sciences)
2019 Joshua Murray (Sociology)
2018 Steven Townsend (Chemistry)
2018 Leah Lowe (Theatre)
2018 Joel Rodrigue (Economics)
2017 Mark Jarman (English) 
2017 Mark Ellingham (Mathematics)
2017 Jonathan Hiskey (Political Science)
2016 William J. Collins (Economics)
2016 Teresa A. Goddu (English)
2016 Kenneth C. Catania (Biological Sciences)
2015 Roy Gottfried (English)
2015 Richard Pitt (Sociology)
2015 Bruce Hughes (Mathematics)
2014 Seth Bordenstein (Biological Sciences)
2014 Leonard Folgarait (History of Art) 
2014 Alan Wiseman (Political Science)
2013 Paul Stob (Communication Studies) 
2013 Patrick Abbot (Biological Sciences) 
2013 Gary Gerstle (History) 
2012 Elizabeth Zechmeister (Political Science)
2012 Edward Friedman (Spanish and Portuguese)
2012 Alexander Powell (Mathematics)
2011 Julian Hillyer (Biological Sciences)
2011 David Lewis (Political Science)
2011 Claire King (Communication Studies)
2010 Prasad Polavarapu (Chemistry)
2010 Michael Bess (History)
2010 Mark Wollaeger (English)
2009 Virginia Scott (French and Italian)
2009 Sandra Rosenthal (Chemistry)
2009 Adriane Seiffert (Psychology)
2008 Terry Page (Biological Sciences)
2008 Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller (French and Italian)
2008 Katie Crawford (History)
2007 Shane Hutson (Physics and Astronomy)
2007 Marc Hetherington (Political Science)
2007 Christoph Zeller (Germanic and Slavic Languages)
2006 Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology)
2006 Katherine Friedman (Biological Sciences)
2006 Edward Friedman (Spanish)
2005 Will Johns (Physics and Astronomy) 
2005 Mark Schoenfield (English)
2005 John Geer (Political Science) 
2004 Rene Marois (Psychology)
2004 Molly Miller (Earth and Environmental Sciences) 
2004 Jeffrey Tlumak (Philosophy) 
2003 David Weintraub (Physics and Astronomy)
2002 Edward Fischer (Anthropology)
2001 Andres Zamora (Spanish and Portuguese)
2000 Timothy Hanusa (Chemistry)
1999 André Christie-Mizell (Sociology) 
1998 Gregg M. Horowitz (Philosophy) and Malcolm Getz (Economics)
1997 Helmut W. Smith (History)  
1996 Joseph H. Hamilton (Physics and Astronomy) 
1995 Richard N. Porter (Germanic and Slavic Languages) 
1994 Gerald J. Stubbs (Molecular Biology)
1993 Francis W. Wcislo (History)
1992 Emerson Brown, Jr. (English)
1991 Marshall C. Eakin (History)
1990 Samuel A. McSeveney (History)
1989 Paul H. Freedman (History)
1988 John P Barach (Physics and Astronomy) and Erwin C. Hargrove (Political Science)
1987 Michael Nelson (Political Science)
1986 Robert Drews (Classics)
1985 Ellen M. Caldwell (English)
1984 Donald W. Sherburne (Philosophy)
1983 George J. Graham (Political Science)
1982 William W. Damon (Economics)

The Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer

The Gilliam Award was established in 1995 in memory of Harriet S. Gilliam, B.A., 1966. The award recognizes a lecturer or senior lecturer who has achieved excellence in teaching undergraduates. Candidates may be either full- or part-time and must have taught at least five semesters. Nominations are reviewed and ranked by student members of Phi Beta Kappa, after which the dean selects a winner. The award winner receives a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.

2019 Elizabeth Covington (English and Women's and Gender Studies)
2018 Adriane Seiffert (Psychological Sciences)
2017 Suzanne Globetti (Political Science)
2016 Gabriel A. Briggs (English)
2015 Carrie Russell (Political Science)
2014 Bob Isherwood (Managerial Studies)
2013 Christina Rennhoff (Economics)
2012 Sheri Shaneyfelt (History of Art)
2011 John Rafter (Mathematics)
2010 Steven Baskauf (Biological Sciences
2009 Andrea Hearn (English)
2008 Michelle Sulikowski (Chemistry)
2007 Linda Hutchison (Mathematics)
2006 John English (Communication Studies)
2005 Nathalie Dieu-Porter (French and Italian)
2004 Peter Lorge (History)  
2003 Roger Moore (English)
2002 Alison Piepmeier (Women's Studies) 
2001 Daniel Solomon (Classical Studies) 
2000 Mark Woelfle (Biological Sciences) 
1999 Albert Bronstein (Mathematics) 
1998 Zohair D. Issac (Mathematics) 
1997 Elena Olazagasti-Segovia (Spanish and Porguguese) 
1996 Tracy Barrett (French and Italian) 
1995 Leslie M. Smith (Psychology) 

Faculty Adviser Awards

These awards honor faculty for dedication to undergraduate advising. Recipients are chosen by a vote of graduating seniors, with one winner selected from each academic division in the College of Arts and Science: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Each winner receives a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.

The Ernest A. Jones Award was established in 1978 by a grateful parent in recognition of the excellent academic advice his son received from Professor Ernest A. Jones of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. In 2019, the award was specialized to recognize advising in math and the natural sciences, and Dean John Geer established dedicated awards for the divisions of humanities and social sciences.

2019 Lily Claiborne (Ernest A. Jones Award, Earth and Environmental Sciences)
2019 Christopher Johns (History of Art)
2019 David Hess (Sociology)
2018 Maria Paz Pintané (Spanish and Portuguese)
2017 Courtney Muse (Medicine, Health and Society)
2016 Mark A. Woelfle (Biological Sciences)
2015 Haerin Shin (English)
2014 Dan Morgan (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
2013 Peter Rousseau (Economics)
2012 Dana Nelson (English)
2011 David Weintraub (Physics and Astronomy)
2010 David Furbish (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
2009 Bonnie Dow (Communication Studies)
2008 Roger Moore (English)
2007 Lorraine Lopez (English)
2006 Jim Ray (Political Science)
2005 George Graham (Political Science)
2004 Mark Wollaeger (English) 
2003 Michael Bess (History)
2002 Beth A. Conklin (Anthropology)
2001 Terry Page (Biological Sciences)
2000 Victoria Burrus (Spanish and Portuguese) 
1999 M. Donald Hancock (Political Science)
1998 Malcolm Getz (Economics and Business Administration)
1997 Gerald J. Stubbs (Molecular Biology)
1996 Marshall C. Eakin (History)
1996 George Becker (Sociology)
1995 David A. Nunnally (Biology)
1994 William W. Damon (Economics and Business Administration)
1993 Virginia M. Scott (French and Italian)
1992 William E. Engel (English)
1991 Leonard Folgarait (Fine Arts)
1990 Erwin C. Hargrove (Political Science)
1989 Randall M. Fischer (Communication Studies and Theatre)
1988 Samuel T. McSeveney (History)
1987 Kassian A. Kovalcheck, Jr. (Drama and Speech)
1986 Richard J. Larsen (Mathematics)
1985 Robert Birkby (Political Science)
1984 Jean Leblon (French and Italian)
1983 Robert V. Dilts (Chemistry)
1982 Lamar Field (Chemistry)
1981 John L. Bingham (Spanish and Portuguese)
1980 Billy F. Bryant (Mathematics) 
1979 Paul H. Hardacre (History)
1978 Ernest A. Jones (Physics and Astronomy

The Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Established in 1985 by the College of Arts and Science in collaboration with the Graduate School, this award recognizes a graduate faculty member in the College of Arts and Science for outstanding classroom teaching. The Committee on Graduate Education chooses award recipients from among departmental nominees upon evaluation of student testimonials, course evaluations, and the faculty member’s own statement of teaching philosophy. Each winner receives a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.

2018 Alexander Maier (Psychology, Ophthalmology, and Visual Sciences)
2017 Hortense Spillers (English)
2016 William Caferro (History)
2015 Elizabeth Zechmeister (Political Science)
2014 David Furbish (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
2013 Andrew Tomarken (Psychology)
2012 Steven Hollon (Psychology)
2011 Andreas Berlind (Physics and Astronomy)
2010 no award given
2009 Jonathan Lamb (English)
2008 Gregg Horowitz (Philosophy)
2007 Leah Marcus (English)
2006 Calvin Miller (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
2005 Volker E. Oberacker (Physics and Astronomy)
2004 Brooke Ackerly (Political Science)
2003 Peggy Thoits (Sociology)   
2002 Lynn Enterline (English) 
2001 Walter Gove (Sociology) 
2000 John Lachs (Philosophy) 
1999 Michael Kreyling (English)
1998 not given 
1997 Thomas M. Harris (Chemistry) 
1996 John Halperin (English) 
1995 not given 
1994 Paul Conkin (History) 
1993 Daniel Cornfield (Sociology)  
1992 William Race (Classical Studies) 
1991 J. S. Butler (Economics) 
1990 Vereen Bell (English) 
1989 Gisela Mosig (Molecular Biology) 
1988 Dewey Grantham (History) 
1987 W. Paul Elledge (English) 
1986 Jeffrey Tlumak (Philosophy)   
1985 Samuel Morley (Economics) 

The Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring

Established in 2004 by the College of Arts and Science, this annual award recognizes a faculty member for exceptional guidance of graduate students toward a high degree of professional accomplishment. The Committee on Graduate Education evaluates nominees’ statements of mentoring philosophy and description of students’ professional achievements, as well as testimonials from students themselves. Each winner receives a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.

2019 Timothy Hanusa (Chemistry)
2018 Richard Blackett (History)
2017 Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology)
2016 Jane Landers (History)
2015 Richard Haglund (Physics and Astronomy) 
2014 David Zald (Psychology)
2013 Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Physics and Astronomy)
2012 Isabel Gauthier (Psychology)
2011 Meike Werner (Germanic & Slavic Languages)
2010 Kathryn Schwarz (English)
2010 John Lachs (Philosophy)
2009 Todd Graham (Biological Sciences)
2009 Charles Lukehart (Chemistry) 
2008 Jon Kaas (Psychology)
2007 Edward H. Friedman (Spanish & Portuguese)
2006 Randolph Blake (Psychology)
2005 Bruce Oppenheimer (Political Science)
2004 John McCarthy (Germanic and Slavic Languages)

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Established in 1985, this award is given each year for exceptionally effective classroom and/or laboratory instruction by a graduate teaching assistant. The Committee on Graduate Education selects award winners from among departmental nominees. Each winner receives a cash prize and an engraved plaque.

2019 Philip Pettis (Sociology)
2018 Sheahan G. Virgin (Political Science)
2017 Danielle Picard (History)
2016 Jennifer Bradham (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
2015 Doug Godwin (Psychology)
2014 Clara Mengolini (Spanish)
2013 Susanne McDowell (Earth and Environmental Science)
2012 Garrett Bredeson (Philosophy) 
2012 Denise Callajas (Spanish and Portuguese) 
2011 Matthew Eatough (English)
2011 Farhana Loonat (Political Science)
2010 Lily Claiborne (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
2010 Justin Fitzpatrick (Mathematics) 
2009 Sarah Childress (English)
2009 Kenneth Faber (Philosophy) 
2008 Danielle Kurin (Anthropology) and Matt Whitt (Philosophy)
2007 Heather Talley (Sociology) and Casey Leonetti (Math)
2006 Scott Crombie (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
2006 Jennifer Clement (English)
2005 Lisa Niles (English)
2005 Caleb Clanton (Philosophy) 
2004 Bjeorn Rump (Psychology) 
2004 Adrienn Lazar (Germanic and Slavic Languages) 
2003 Martha Bailey (Economics) 
2003 David Smith (English)

The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

This annual award was established in 2013 to recognize exceptionally effective teaching by a graduate student instructor of record. The Committee on Graduate Education selects award winners from among departmental nominees. Each winner receives a cash prize and an engraved plaque.

2019 Jacob Abell (French and Italian)
2019 Blake Dunshee (Mathematics)
2018 Lauren Mitchell (English)
2017 Kirsten Mendoza (English)
2016 Kristin Navarro (English)
2016 Amy McKiernan (Philosophy)
2015 Petal Samuel (English) 
2014 Andrew Hines (English) 
2013 Rebecca Tuvel (Philosophy)

Award for Excellence in Teaching in a World Language

This award recognizes graduate students for excellence in foreign language teaching. Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Second Language Studies, it is granted to graduate students with full responsibility for language classes.

2019 Carolina Rodriguez Tsouroukdissian (Spanish and Portuguese)
2018 Sophia Clark (German Studies)

Outstanding Graduate Student Lab Instructor Award

This award recognizes excellence in laboratory instruction. It is awarded to graduate students who teach laboratory sections in science classes.

2019 Thayer Walmsley (Physics and Astronomy)
2018 Caitlyn Kirby (Biological Sciences)

The Alumni Outstanding Freshman Advisor Award

This award was established in 1983 to honor faculty members for their commitment to advising students during their first two years in the College of Arts and Science. The recipient of the award is chosen on the basis of information provided by freshmen in evaluations submitted during the spring semester. Each winner receives a cash prize and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup

2013 Beau Baca (English)
2012 Jeffrey Edmonds (Philosophy)
2011 Matthew Whitt (Philosophy)
2010 Scott Zeman (Philosophy)
2009 Daniel Solomon (Classical Studies)
2008 Julia Fesmire (Women’s and Gender Studies)
2007 Kenneth Schriver (Physics and Astronomy)
2006 Frank Wcislo (History)
2005 Clint Carter (Biological Sciences)
2004 Phillip Franck (Theatre)
2003 Kate Daniels (English)
2002 David G. Schlundt (Psychology)
2001 Thomas A. Schwartz (History)
2000 Terryl Hallquist (Communication Studies and Theatre)
1999 Molly Miller (Geology)
1998 Paul D. Sheldon (Physics and Astronomy)
1997 Michael L. Aurbach (Fine Arts)
1996 John F. Ahner (Mathematics)
1995 Maureen K. Powers (Psychology)
1994 William G. Eickmeier (Biology)
1993 Jon W. Hallquist (Communication Studies and Theatre)
1992 Luigi Monga (French and Italian)
1991 Richard J. Larsen (Mathematics)
1990 Richard G. Stearns (Geology)
1989 Howard E. Smith (Chemistry)
1988 James E. Engel (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
1987 James R. Wesson (Mathematics)
1986 Charles H. Hambrick (Religious Studies)
1985 Carl R. Phillips (French)
1984 P. Galen Lenhert (Physics and Astronomy)
1983 David A. Lowe (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures)