Excellence in Teaching Awards

Since 1992, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association has annually honored faculty throughout the university who excel in the art of teaching. The nomination and selection methods differ by school, but students must be involved in the process. Besides the the Alumni Association award, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering offer additional teaching awards to professors who inspire their students and to teaching assistants who demonstrate expertise in the classroom.

For Faculty awards, any professor, instructor, or lecturer who has taught at any level on a regular basis in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering for at least three years may be nominated. Faculty are ineligible to win the same award more than once in three years.

Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and alumni may submit nominations. Nominations must include the name and department of the professor, as well as a description of what makes this teacher different from other good teachers at Homewood. Tell us about style and effectiveness, giving specific, concrete examples.

For Teaching Assistant awards, nominations must include the name and department of the TA, as well as a description of his or her style and effectiveness. Please use specific, concrete examples.

For nominations in the Krieger School of Arts and Science, please email Yvonne Moore-Jones.

The 2017 Award Deadline has passed.

For KSAS and WSE

Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Funded by the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, this award recognizes excellence in teaching. Past recipients have been honored for their enthusiasm in the classroom, interest in their students, and ability to teach complex and difficult information. An award will be given both to a Krieger School of Arts and Sciences nominee and a Whiting School of Engineering nominee.

The George E. Owen Teaching Award

This award was established by the 1982 Student Council to honor George E. Owen, who was dean of the Homewood Faculties. It is awarded annually by the Student Council for outstanding teaching and devotion to undergraduates. The award may be given to a faculty member in either the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Assistant Award
This award honors the best graduate teaching assistants in the School of Arts and Sciences. These teaching assistants are commended for the care and concern they take with their subject and their students.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

This award is given to a faculty member in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences who demonstrates excellence in teaching and mentoring of graduate students.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Advising Award

This award is given to honor a faculty member in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated a dedication to undergraduates and their education though excellence in advising.

Previous Excellence in Teaching Awards to Faculty and Teaching Assistants

Three years before winning faculty can be repeated.

2016
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award

  • Barbara Morgan, Senior Lecturer – Economics

Faculty Graduate Teaching/Mentoring Award

  • Theodore Lewis, Blum-Iwry Professor -Near Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Faculty Advising Award

  • Michael McCloskey, Professor -Cognitive Science

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Awar

  • Elizabeth Mendenhall, Graduate Assistant -Political Science
  • Charles Hussong, Graduate Assistant -Physics and Astronomy
2015
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award:

  • Jonathan Flombaum, Psychological and Brain Sciences Faculty

Graduate Teaching Award:

  • Michael Fried, Professor, J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities

Undergraduate Advising Undergraduate Advising Award:

  • Alison Papadakis, Associate Teaching Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award:

  • Elizabeth Talbert, Graduate Assistant, Sociology
2014
  • Christopher Falzone, Chemistry – Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Harry Lang, Mathematics – Arts and Sciences Teaching Assistant Award
  • Katrina Ferrara, Cognitive Science – Arts and Sciences Teaching Assistant Award
2013
Faculty Winner(s)
  • Mary Bensabott-Ott – German and Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Stewart Hendry – Mind/Brain Institute

Teaching Assistant

  • Ryan Bush – Economics
  • Dan Pasciuti – Sociology
  • Cody Pitts – Chemistry
2012
Faculty
  • Justin Halberda, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Petar Maksimovic, Physics and Astronomy

Teaching Assistant

  • Tyler Chavez, Chemistry
  • Charles Phillips, Political Science
2011
Faculty
  • Emily Fisher, Biology

Teaching Assistant

  • Imtiaz Billah, Chemistry
  • Sunil Vaswani, Political Science
2010
Faculty
  • Stefanie DeLuca, Sociology

Teaching Assistant

  • Christian Villenas, Political Science
2009

Faculty

  • Lester Spence, Political Science
  • Elizabeth Rodini, History of Art

Teaching Assistant Awards

  • Marieke Wilson, Anthropology
  • Joe Cutrone – Mathematics
  • Martin Carrion – German and Romance Languages
2008

Faculty

  • Joel Grossman – Economics
  • Douglas Barrick – Biophysics
Teaching Assistant Award
  • Viplav Saini – Economics
2007
  • Silvio Contessi – Department of Economics (A&S)
  • Matthew Crenson – Political Science Department (A&S)
  • Claude Guillemard – Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures (A&S)
2006
  • Dr. David Klein – Chemistry (A&S)
  • Dr. Trina Schroer – Biology (A&S)
  • Dr. Bruce Barnett – Physics and Astronomy Department (A&S)
  • Yifei Chen- Mathematics Department (A&S)
  • Simon Sheppard – Political Science Department (A&S)
  • Hyun Youk – Physics and Astronomy Department (A&S)
2005
  • Daniel Deudney – Political Science (A&S)
  • Stephen Dixon – Writing Seminars (A&S)
  • Boncho Dragiyski – Romance Languages (TA A&S)
  • Aili Zheng – German (TA A&S)
  • Daniel Levine – Political Science (TA A&S)
2004
  • Jeffrey Brooks – History (A&S)
  • Caline Karam – Biology (TA, A&S)
  • Lars Tonder – Political Science (TA, A&S)
  • Mike Krebs – Mathematics (TA, A&S)
2003
  • David Nirenberg – History (A&S)
  • Manual Colas-Gil – Romance Languages (TA, A&S)
  • Jason Labonte – Chemistry (TA, A&S)
2002
  • Felicity Northcott – Anthropolgy (A&S)
  • Michael Boyer – Physics & Astronomy (TA, A&S)
2001
  • Liman Lievens – Language Teaching Center (A&S)
  • Tristan Davies – Writing Seminars (A&S)
  • Jacques Miniane – Economics (TA, A&S)
  • Ramin Takloo-Bighash – Mathematics (TA, A&S)