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.
2020 Andison Award Recipients
Holly Liu, a professor of world languages and cultures, was a recipient of the Andison Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2020.
Natashia Swalve, an assistant professor and chair of the psychology department, was a recipient of the Andison Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2020.
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.
2020 Faculty Barlow Award Recipients
Amanda Harwood, an assistant professor of biology and environmental studies, was one of the Faculty Barlow Award recipients for 2020.
Laura von Wallmenich, an associate professor of English and American studies coordinator, was one of the Faculty Barlow Award recipients for 2020.
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. Karen Ball, Integrative Physiology & Health Science; and Dr. Kate Blanchard, Religious Studies.
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. Liping Bu, History.
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. Derick “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.