Faculty Honors and Recognition

Annual Awards

Andison Awards for Excellence in Teaching

The Andison Awards, supported by a gift from Thomas Andison, began in 2010 and recognize excellence in teaching through pedagogical innovation, creative activities with students, and superior teaching. Faculty members nominate their colleagues for the award, and the president selects the recipients, who each receive a $1,000 cash grant.

2014 Andison Award Recipients

  • Anthony Collamati, assistant professor of new media studies, was the tenure-track recipient of the Andison Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014.Anthony Collamati, assistant professor of new media studies, was the tenure-track recipient of the Andison Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014.

  • Elizabeth Cameron, professor of business administration, was the tenured recipient of the Andison Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014.Elizabeth Cameron, professor of business administration, was the tenured recipient of the Andison Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014.

Past honorees

Barlow Awards for Faculty Excellence

The Barlow Awards, first presented in 1982, recognize faculty members for excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative work, and college and community service. Recipients receive $1,000 cash grants. Recipients are nominated by faculty, administrators, alumni and student Barlow Trophy nominees and reviewed by the Faculty Personnel and the Barlow Award committees. The president selects the awardees.

2014 Faculty Barlow Award Recipients

  • Karen Ball, professor of integrative physiology and health science, was one of the Faculty Barlow Award recipients for 2014.Karen Ball, professor of integrative physiology and health science, was one of the Faculty Barlow Award recipients for 2014.

  • Robert Vivian, associate professor of English, was one of the Faculty Barlow Award recipients for 2014.Robert Vivian, associate professor of English, was one of the Faculty Barlow Award recipients for 2014.

Past honorees

Endowed Professorships and Chairs

William R. Angell Professorship

Established by the Angell Foundation to honor the late William R. Angell, this award recognizes excellence in teaching and productive research. Currently held by Dr. John Rowe, Biology.

Charles A. Dana Professorships

A grant from the Charles A. Dana Foundation established four endowed professorships in 1972 (a fifth was added later). These awards recognize outstanding teacher-scholars. Currently held by: Dr. David Clark, Biology; Dr. John Davis, Integrative Physiology & Health Science; Dr. Joanne Gilbert, Communication; Dr. Scott Messing, Music; Dr. William Palmer, English; and Dr. Cameron Reed, Physics.

Elma C. and Wesley C. Dykstra Professorship

Established by the late Wesley C. Dykstra, professor emeritus of philosophy, this endowed professorship is to be awarded to a faculty member for the Philosophy and Art and Design departments or other discipline within the humanities. The criteria for award include distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service as well as a profound commitment to the liberal arts. Currently held by Dr. Nicholas Dixon, Philosophy.

Reid-Knox Chair of American History

Established in 1992 from the estates of Frank and Annie Reid Knox, alumni from the 1890s, the chair recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship in the field of American history. Currently held by Dr. Edward Lorenz, History and Political Science.

Secrest Professorship

Established in 1993, this award was funded by former Board of Trustees chair Fred Secrest and his wife, Stephanie. The professorship acknowledges excellence in performing arts teaching and in outstanding direction of student performance activities. Currently held by Dr. William Nichols, Music.

Russell Professorship of Political Science

Excellence in teaching defines the criteria the late Arthur L. Russell ’41 of Harlingen, Texas, wanted to note in the recipient of this professorship. Currently held by Dr. Derek “Sandy” Hulme, Political Science.

Towsley Professorship of Chemistry

This endowed professorship was established in 1987 by the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Ann Arbor (now of Midland), Mich. The award recognizes excellence in the teaching of chemistry. Currently held by Dr. Melissa Strait, Chemistry.

Past honorees