Teaching Excellence Award Winners

University Teaching Excellence Award Winners: Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgment of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

Teachers of Distinction: Our Teachers of Distinction are faculty members who have been finalists for the Teaching Excellence Award, and who are recognized across campus for their exceptional teaching and their commitment to teaching-related activities.

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2020 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners


Award Winners
Academic Unit
FEATURED TEACHING STRATEGY
Justin GestSchar School of Policy and Government
Anna HabibEnglish (CHSS), INTO Mason
Kelly KnightForensic Science (COS)No Exams? Portfolios in STEM? But How Will They Learn?!
Sean LawtonMathematical Sciences (COS)Community and Experimentation
Shun YeInformation Systems and Operations Management (BUSI)
Benjamin Dreyfus Winner of General EducationPhysics and Astronomy (COS)
Qi Wei Winner of High ImpactBioengineering (VSE)



2020 Teachers of Distinction

Award Winners
Academic Unit
FEATURED TEACHING STRATEGY
Jon BellComputer Science (VSE)
Keith ClarkEnglish (CHSS)
Jason KinserComputational and Data Sciences (COS)Winning Teaching Strategies
Katherine RussellComputer Science (VSE)
Ioulia Rytikova Information Sciences and Technology (VSE)
Catherine Wright Communication (CHSS)



2019 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic UnitFeatured Teaching Strategy
Paul Ammann
Computer Science (VSE)Using ShowMe Videos to Explain Class Concepts
Wendi Manuel-Scott
School of Integrative Studies (CHSS)Active Reading: Syllabus Statement
Eric Piccione
Computer Game Design (CVPA)Using Discord to Build Community Online
Justin Ramsdell
Psychology (CHSS)Rethinking the Group Project: Presentation Relays
Emily Rancourt
Forensic Science (COS)No Such Thing as Enough Questions
Sunny Harris Rome: High Impact Teaching
Social Work (CHHS)Compose an Advocacy Portfolio
Jennifer Victor: General Education
Schar School of Policy and GovernmentPrepare Students for Political and Nonpartisan Discussion



2019 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic UnitFeatured Teaching Strategy
Seth HudsonComputer Game Design (CVPA)
Natalie Burls
Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (COS)
Kelley ReganGraduate School of Education (CEHD)



2018 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic UnitFeatured Teaching Strategy
James Carroll: General EducationSchool of Music (CVPA)A Pedagogy of Listening
Dawn Hathaway: Technology-Enhanced TeachingGraduate School of Education (CEHD)Beyond "Lesson Plan": Teaching as a Design Process
Younsung KimEnvironmental Science & Policy (COS)Flex Learning via "Real-Time-Based" Student Feedback
Alexandra MastersonBiology (COS)Dramatizing the Heart
Graziella McCarronSchool of Integrative Studies (CHSS)Building Common Ground: Introductory Blog Post
Laura PomsGlobal & Community Health (CHHS)Group Contract Guidelines
Amarda ShehuComputer Science (VSE)Supporting High-Complexity Coding



2018 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic UnitFeatured Teaching Strategy
Laurence BrayBioengineering (VSE)
Kristy ParkGraduate School of Education (CEHD)Coming Out from Behind the Curtain: Facetime in Online Teaching
Chris ParsonsEnvironmental Science & Policy (COS)



2017 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic UnitFeatured Teaching Strategy
Autum CaseySchool of Theater (CVPA)End of Semester Debrief questions
Lauren CattaneoPsychology (CHSS)
Yotam GingoldComputer Science (VSE)Postmortems and Temperature-taking
Chris Kauffman: Technology-Enhanced TeachingComputer Science (VSE)Discussion Hot Seats
Malda KocacheBiology (COS)
April Mattix FosterGraduate School of Education (CEHD)Teacher Talk Moves: Keeping Dialogue Productive
Angela MillerGraduate School of Education (CEHD)No-Penalty Quizzes Lower Statistics Anxiety
Julia Nord: General Education Atmospheric, Oceanic, & Earth Sciences (COS)Formative Evaluation for Learning Retention



2017 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic UnitFeatured Teaching Strategy
Changwoo AhnEnvironmental Science & Policy (COS)
Diana D'AmicoGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Greg FosterChemistry & Biochemistry (COS)
Edward HuangSystems Engineering & Operations Research (VSE)
Jeffrey KulickMarketing (BUSI)
Audra ParkerGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Margaret SlavinNutrition & Food Studies (CHHS)



2016 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic Unit
Jennifer BrielmaierPsychology (CHSS)
Christopher CoyneEconomics (CHSS)
Kinga DobolyiComputer Science (VSE)
Anya Evmenova; Technology-Enhanced TeachingGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Laura KosogluCivil, Environmental, & Infrastructure Engineering (VSE)
Mark SnyderComputer Science (VSE)
Joseph WeingartnerPhysics & Astronomy (COS)
Ali WeinsteinGlobal & Community Health (CHHS)



2016 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic Unit
Angela MillerGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Seth ParsonsGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Kathleen WageElectrical & Computer Engineering (VSE)
Douglas WulfEnglish (CHSS)



2015 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic Unit
Tommy BrittFilm & Video Studies (CVPA)
Rebecca Ericson; General EducationSchool of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (COS)
Sean Luke; Teaching with TechnologyComputer Science (VSE)
Nathalia PeixotoElectrical & Computer Engineering (VSE)
Keith RenshawPsychology (CHSS)
Girum UrgessaCivil, Environmental, & Infrastructure Engineering (VSE)
Gerald WeatherspoonChemistry & Biochemistry (COS)
Kristien ZenkovGraduate School of Education (CEHD)



2015 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic Unit
Mihai BoicuApplied Information Technology (VSE)
Lynne Scott ConstantineSchool of Art (CVPA)
Rebecca GoldinMathematical Sciences (COS)
Cortney Hughes-RinkerSociology & Anthropology (CHSS)
Pelin KurtayElectrical & Computer Engineering (VSE)
Ricardo Vivancos PérezModern & Classical Languages (CHSS)



2014 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic Unit
Eric Anderson; General EducationEnglish (CHSS)
Rebecca ForknerEnvironmental Science & Policy (COS)
Gregory Grimsby; Teaching with TechnologyComputer Game Design Program (CVPA)
Jill NelsonElectrical & Computer Engineering (VSE)
Huzefa RangwalaComputer Science (VSE)
Pallab SanyalInformation Systems & Operations Management (SOM)
David SchleicherSchool of Law (SOL)
Michael SummersSchool of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (COS)



2014 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic Unit
Amy BestSociology & Anthropology (CHSS)
Thomas BrittFilm & Video Studies (CVPA)
Robin CouchChemistry & Biochemistry (COS)
J. Robert CressmanSchool of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (COS); Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Jeremy HodgsonCommunication (CHSS)
Panagiota KitsantasHealth Administration & Policy (CHHS)
Seungwon "Shawn" LeeSchool of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (CEHD)
Matthew RiceGeography & Geoinformation Science (COS)
Kristien ZenkovGraduate School of Education (CEHD)



2013 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic Unit
Daniel CoxSchool of Systems Biology (COS); Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Shannon DavisSociology & Anthropology (CHSS)
Paul Gorski; General EducationNew Century College (CHSS)
Christopher HamnerHistory & Art History (CHSS)
Kathryn JacobsenGlobal & Community Health (CHHS)
Jaime LesterHigher Education Program (CHSS)
Jeffrey MantzSociology & Anthropology (CHSS)
Jeff Offutt; Teaching with TechnologyComputer Science (VSE)



2013 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic Unit
Gérard BeckModern & Classical Languages (CHSS)
Guido CervoneGeography & Geoinformation Science (COS)
Maria DakakeReligious Studies (CHSS)
Marci Kinas-JeromeGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Mary LechterTheater (CVPA)
Seungwon "Shawn" LeeSchool of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (CEHD)
Kristien ZenkovGraduate School of Education (CEHD)



2012 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Award WinnersAcademic Unit
Yoosun Chung; Teaching with TechnologyGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Paul CooperChemistry & Biochemistry (COS)
Margaret DanielsSchool of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (CEHD)
Lisa Lister; General EducationEnglish (CHSS)
Tamara MaddoxComputer Science (VSE)
Julie OwenNew Century College (CHSS)
Danielle RudesCriminology, Law & Society (CHSS)



2012 Teachers of Distinction

Teachers of DistinctionAcademic Unit
Shannon DavisSociology & Anthropology (CHSS)
Rajesh GanesanSystems Engineering & Operations Research (VSE)
Hugh GustersonSociology & Anthropology (CHSS)
Jaime LesterHigher Education Program (CHSS)
Erin Peters BurtonGraduate School of Education (CEHD)
Shannon PortilloCriminology, Law & Society (CHSS)
Jennifer SuhGraduate School of Education (CEHD)