Distinguished Teaching Award

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The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates a mastery of their subject matter, the ability to engage diverse students both within and outside of the classroom, and strives for innovation in course design.

2021 Recipient

Weichao Yuwen, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership 

Dr. Yuwen's teaching is recognized for using innovative and creative teaching approaches to inspire students. She is committed to active learning experiences and opportunities for students that give them the space to be co-producers of knowledge and learning. Dr. Yuwen excels at providing research opportunities for students across disciplines and campuses. The committee also recognized her leadership on diversity and equity initiatives within her School.

2020-2021 Committee

  • Tanya Velasquez, Committe Chair, Associate Teaching Professor
  • Sunny Cheng, Assistant Professor
  • Andrea Hill, Associate Teaching Professor
  • Jinlan Ni, Assistant Professor
  • Jose Rios, Associate Professor
  • Raghavi Sakpal, Assistant Teaching Professor

Past Recipients

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  • 2020 - Tanya 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
  • 1996 - Rob Crawford, Professor, IAS
  • 1995 - Mike Kalton, Professor, IAS