The Distinguished Teaching Award was established in 1995 and recognizes a University of Washington Tacoma faculty member. Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria including reflective teaching practice, commitment to inclusive teaching and mentoring, dedication to creating transformative learning experiences, and service as a mentor, collaborator, and consultant.
Learn more about eligibility, criteria, and how to submit a nomination.
Ellen Bayer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Dr. Bayer implements experiential learning strategies that take students outside the traditional classroom, helping to strengthen students’ deep and critical reflections on their natural environments. These experiential activities also allow students to draw connections between classroom learning and their own lived experiences. She centers inclusivity using diverse instructional practices, reading materials, and assessment methods. Dr. Bayer inquires about her students’ needs beyond the classroom and connects them with relevant supports across campus. She also mentors and collaborates with her faculty colleagues.
Ellen Bayer, Associate Professor and Committee Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Nara Almeida, Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Engineering & Technology
Nasir Haghighi, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Milgard School of Business
Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, Education and Research Help Librarian, UW Tacoma Library
Eva Ma, Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Barb Toews, Associate Professor, School of Social Work & Criminal Justice
2022 - Claudia Sellmaier, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work & Criminal Justice
2021 - Weichao Yuwen, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
2020 - Tanya Grace Velasquez, Associate Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
2019 - Anaid Yerena, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
2018 – Danica Sterud Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
2017 - Divya McMillin, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
2016 - Yan Bai, Associate Professor, Institute of Technology
2015 - Ellen Moore, Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Video "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Teaching: Engagement, Advocacy, Activism, Critical Pedagogy (and Teachable Moments)"
2014 - Donald Chinn, Associate Professor, Institute of Technology
Video (Keating, Kingsfield, and Watson: Reflections on the Fiction and Reality of Teaching)
2013 - Carolyn West, Associate Professor, IAS
2012 - Christine Stevens, Associate Professor, Nursing
2011 - Matthew Weinstein, Professor, Education
2010 - Mark Pendras, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
2009 - Janice Laakso, Associate Professor, Social Work
2008 - Richard Knuth, Assistant Professor, Education
2007 - Kent Nelson, Senior Lecturer, Milgard School of Business
2006 - Cheryl Greengrove, Associate Professor, IAS
2005 - Mike Allen, Professor, IAS
2004 - Beth Kalikoff, Assistant Professor, IAS
2003 - Ruth Rea, Assistant Professor, Nursing
2002 - John Peterson, Senior Lecturer, IAS
2001 - Jose Rios, Assistant Professor, Education
2000 - Julie Nicoletta, Associate Professor, IAS
1999 - Linda McElvey, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
1998 - June Lowenberg, Associate Professor, Nursing
1997 - Janet Primomo, Associate Professor, Nursing