CETL University Teaching Awards

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning University Teaching Awards are held annually to honor faculty and graduate students who show exemplary commitment to their teaching craft. The winners of these awards are leaders in their disciplinary pedagogy, innovation, and have an unequaled focus on student success.

Announcing 2021 Teaching Award Winners

University Teaching Fellow

The recipients who win this award are representative of exemplary practice and service to the university. Their commitment to teaching, demonstrated knowledge of pedagogy, and an interest in fostering innovative teaching practices is unparalleled. This award identifies recognition of excellence in and out of the classroom by students, peers, and administrators. The 2021 Winners of the University Teaching Fellow Award are:

Oskar_HarmonOskar Harmon

Oskar Harmon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. He has taught at the university since 1994 and among many accolades, was the first faculty member to offer the “Principles of Economics” course in an online format in 2004. More information on Dr. Harmon can be found here.

Sarira MotarefSarira Motaref

Sarira Motaref is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Motaref has a particular focus on teaching as evidence in her recent publication: Implementing Interactive 3-D Models in an Entry-level Engineering Course to Enhance Students’ Visualization. More information on Dr. Motaref can be found here.

Teaching Fellow Previous Award Winners

2020-2021

Devra K. Dang, Pharmacy Practice
Jason Hancock, Physics

2019-2020

Thomas Van Hoof, School of Nursing
Annamaria Csizmadia, Human Development & Family Studies

2018-2019

Laura Donorfio, Human Development and Family Studies, Waterbury
Daniel Burkey, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

2017-2018

John Clausen, Natural Resources and the Environment
Nicholas Leadbeater, Chemistry

2016-2017

Amit Savkar, Mathematics
Steven Zinn, Animal Science

2015-2016

Lisa Sanetti, Educational Psychology

2014-2015

Mary Truxaw, Curriculum and Instruction
Ray DiCapua, Art & Art History
Thomas Meyer,Natural Resource and the Environment

2013-2014

Craig Coleman, Pharmacy Practice
Alans S. Marcus, Curriculum and Instruction

2012-2013

Douglas Kaufman, Curriculum and Instruction
Catherine Little, Educational Psychology

2011-2012

Robert Milvae, Animal Science

2010-2011

No awardee this year

2009-2010

Wendy Glenn, Curriculum & Instr. Dept.
Jane Kerstetter, Allied Health Services

2008-2009

Joseph Madaus, Educational Psychology
Robin Bogner, Pharmaceutical Sciences

2007-2008

Ralph B. McNeal Jr., Sociology
Sarah Glaz, Mathematics

2006-2007

Jaci Van Heest, Kinesiology
C. Michael White, Pharmacy

2005-2006

Ernie Zirakzadeh, Political Science
Greg Semenza, English
David Moss, Education
Nancy Rodriguez, Nutritional Sciences

2004-2005

Daniel Civco, Natural Resources Management
Del Siegle, Education

2003-2004

Preston Britner, Family Studies
Doug Cooper, Engineering

2002-2003

No awardees this year

2001-2002

Thomas DeFranco, Curriculum and Instruction
Karl Guillard, Plant Science

2000-2001

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Social Work

1999-2000

John Ayers, Electrical & Systems Engineering
Stephen Jones, English (Avery Point)

1998-1999

Regina Barreca, English
John Enderle, Electrical & Systems Engineering
Robert Gallo, Physiology & Neurobiology
Sally Reis, Educational Psychology

1997-1998

David B. Miller, Psychology
Katharina von Hammerstein, Modern & Classical Languages

1996-1997

Jean Givens, Art & Art History
Sandra Rigazio-DiGilio, Family Studies
Linda D. Strausbaugh, Molecular & Cell Biology

1995-1996

Janine Caira, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Cameron Faustman, Animal Science
James M. O'Neil, Family Studies & Educational Psychology

1994-1995

Keith Barker, Computer Science & Engineering

1993-1994

Douglas S. Hamilton, Physics

University Teaching Innovation

University Teaching Innovation: The individuals considered for this recognition show a demonstrated commitment to continuously improving teaching through innovation and reflective practice. They are dedicated to teaching effectiveness and support enhanced levels of student engagement and learning. The 2021 winners of the University Teaching Innovation Award are:

winston-150x150Howard Winston

Howard Winston is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Physics department who teaches at UConn Waterbury. More information here.

Rahul Kanadia

Rahul Kanadia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology & Neurobiology. Visit his lab page here.

matheou_2Georgios Matheou

Georgios Matheou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Learn more about his work here.

leanne_adamsLeanne Adams

Leanne Adams is an Instructor in-Residence where she teaches in the Accounting Department for The school of Business. Learn more about Leanne here.

Teaching Innovation Previous Award Winners

2020-2021
  • Anthony Rizzie, Mathematics
  • Sarah Reed, Animal Science
2019-2020
  • Cynthia Jones, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Stephen Stifano, Communications
2018-2019
  • Jamie Kleinman, Psychological Sciences, Avery Point
2017-2018
  • Jeffrey Ladewig, Political Science

2016-2017

  • Gary Robbins, Natural Resources and the Environment
2015-2016
  • Roger Travis, Literature, Culture & Languages

Teaching Scholar Award Winner Archives

2014-2015
  • John Andrew Jolly-Ballantine, Geography
  • Lauren Schlesselman, Pharmacy Practice
2013-2014
  • Jennifer Brown Mailly, Law School
  • Jason Courtmanche, English
2012-2013
  • René Roselle, Curriculum and Instruction
2011-2012
  • Thomas Barber, Mechanical Engineering
2010-2011
  • Thomas Abbott, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Kristen H. Kimball, Physiology & Neurobiology
2009-2010
  • Kevin McEvoy, Marketing

University Outstanding Adjunct

This award identifies exemplary adjunct faculty with teaching service to the University. The individuals considered for this recognition show a commitment to teaching, demonstrated knowledge of educational pedagogy, and an interest in fostering innovative teaching practices at the University. Congratulations to the winners of the Outstanding Adjunct Award.

louise_bakerLouisa Baker

Louisa Baker is an adjunct faculty member teaching at the Storrs campus in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Mark Tschiegg

Mark Tschiegg is an adjunct faculty member teaching Introduction to project Management for the School of Business. Learn more about Mr.Tschiegg here.

Outstanding Adjunct Previous Award Winners

2020-2021
  • David Tonn, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2019-2020
  • Cynthia Frank, Anthropology
  • Edward Orszulak, Educational Psychology
2018-2019
  • Ron Glaz, English, Hartford
2017-2018
  • Stuart Duncan, Music
  • Jeannette Wick, Pharmacy Practice
2016-2017
  • Marianne Cavanaugh, Mathematics
2015-2016
  • No awardee this year
2014-2015
  • Jann Leppien, Educational Psychology
2013-2014
  • Cara Vickers, Art & Art History
2012-2013
  • No awardee this year
2011-2012
  • Steven Kalb, Journalism
  • Lynne Rogers, English (Avery Point)
  • Laurie Wolfley, English (Avery Point)
2010-2011
  • Mark Naigles, Mathematics
  • Lori A. Smolin, Nutritional Sciences
2009-2010
  • Tamarah Kohanski, English
  • Sydney Plum, English

University Outstanding Graduate Student

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards were established in 1999 to recognize teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in the classroom or laboratory. The nominee for this award demonstrates effective instructional skills, possesses excellent interpersonal skills, and contributes to the development of the instructional program.

Megan Lyons

Megan Lyons is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Theory & History in the Department of Music. Learn more about Megan here.

pauline_valensiPauline Levy Valensi

Pauline Levy Valensi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department.

Sercan Canbolat

Sercan Canbolat is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science. Learn more about Sercan here.

jamie_BlackmonJaime Blackmon

Jaime Blackmon is a Ph. D. Candidate in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Previous Award Winners

2020-2021
  • Samantha Lawrence, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Matthew Phelps, Physics
2019-2020
  • Mary Bugbee, Anthropology
  • Sally Chamberland, Molecular & Cell Biology
2018-2019
  • Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco, Philosophy
  • Phanuel Mariano, Mathematics
2017-2018
  • Holly K. Brown, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Niko Tracksdorf, Literature, Cultures & Languages
2016-2017
  • Aida Talic, Linguistics
  • Amanda Bulger, Art & Art History
  • Nataliya Plesha, Agricultural & Resource Economics
2015-2016
  • Jennifer Corriveau, Psychology
  • Klye Hull, Communications
  • Rebecca Ranucci, Management
  • Manette Sandor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
2014-2015
  • Alexandra Merceron, Communications
  • Matthew Lamoureux, Mathematics
2013-2014
  • Jorge Castillo
    El Institute: Institute of Latina/o Cribean and Latin American Studies
  • Nicholas Koberstein, Human Development & Family Studies
  • Valerie Pare, Statistics
2012-2013
  • Jennifer Bisson, Psychology
  • Kirstin Lawrence-Apfel, Natural Resources and the Environment
2011-2012
  • Mamta Kapoor, Pharmacy
  • Anurag Rimzhim, Psychology
2010-2011
  • Barbara Gurr, Woman's Studies
  • Sara K. Johnson, Human Development & Family Studies
  • Brett Shook, Physiology & Neurobiology
2009-2010
  • Martina Lüke, Modern & Classical Languages
  • Oscar Levin, Mathematics
2008-2009
  • Jason Schmink, Chemistry
  • Steven Todd, Philosophy
2007-2008
  • Renée Gilberti, Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Sumie Shima, Chemistry
  • Nicholas Shuda, Economics
2006-2007
  • Diana Milillo, Psychology
  • Linda Patrylak, Communication Sciences
2005-2006
  • Donald Levy, Sociology
  • Fulvio Orsitto, Modern & Classical Languages
2004-2005
  • Gabi Kathofer, Modern & Classical Languages
  • Regina Speicher, Mathematics
2003-2004
  • Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Business
  • Adam Potthast, Philosophy
2002-2003
  • Deborah Bubela, Physical Therapy
  • Douglas Hume, Anthropology
2001-2002
  • Christie Cathey, Psychology
  • Leslie Withers, Communication Sciences
2000-2001
  • Michelle Pulaski, Communication Sciences
  • Jason Molitierno, Mathematics
1999-2000
  • Carol S. Sotiropoulos, Modern & Classical Languages
  • Erika Anderson, Communication Sciences

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