2020 Celebration of Teaching Excellence

2020 Celebration of Teaching Excellence awards ceremony

Wednesday, April 21 2-3p

(click here for the 2021 Teaching Excellence awards ceremony web page)

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.

2020 Award Winners

(Sign the Congratulations Book below)

Teaching Excellence Award Winners


Justin Gest

Anna Habib

Kelly Knight

Sean Lawton

Shun Ye

Benjamin Dreyfus - General Education

Qi Wei - High Impact

Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Winners


Jack Curry

Jason Cantone

Holly Klee





Online Teaching Excellence Award Winner


Yoosun Chung



David J. King Award Winner


Jason Kinser


 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award Winner


 Cynthia Lum


Adjunct Teachers of Distinction 


Lori Clark

Mohammad Jamal

Avinash Patwardhan

Stephen Shannon

Gwen Udell



Online Teachers of Distinction 

John Lyver

Graziella McCarron



Distinguished Library Faculty Award Winner


Steven Gerber


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Congrats to all the winners, but most especially to Dr. Sean Lawton! We are so proud of you, and very sorry we couldn't watch the ceremony live. Thank you GMU for providing the recording.
Wow! Congratulations to everyone! Amazing to be surrounded by such fabulous educators and administrators.
Congratulations Anna! Well-deserved. Thank you for all!
Congratulations to all the winners! Congratulations Shun Ye and thank you for all your contributions to the School of Business students.
Congratulations to all of the 2020 award winners. It is wonderful to see (and experience) the meaningful and engaging instruction happening at Mason. A special congratulations to Dr. Holly Klee. It can be difficult to apply the pedagogical principles we empirically "know" to support students in the higher education environment to everyday instruction. You continue to demonstrate your commitment to learning and teaching through reflective practice. It is an honor to learn alongside and from you.
Congratulations to our 2020 Teaching Excellence Award Winners. Thank you for your dedicated and inspiring teaching at Mason!
Kudos, Bravo, and CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners this year. We have been waiting to celebrate you for a year! Thank you for bringing your creativity, expertise, student-centric approaches, and passion to your teaching practices. Thank you for designing such engaging experiences and ensuring that our students become part of a community of learners here at Mason. I am so grateful to you for all that you do to positively impact our students and our colleagues. With appreciation and affection, Kim
Congrats to all honorees. Yoosun- I learn from you everyday. I am so lucky to call you a colleague and friend!
Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to Dr. Ben Dreyfus! We have so much admiration for all of you and the ways you have risen in such inspiring ways to meet the many challenges of this year.
Congratulations for your outstanding work. Thank you so much for all you contribute to George Mason University.
Congratulations to all the Award Winners! Thank you for everything you do for our students and Mason at large 🙂
Congratulations to all, and with a special shout-out to my School of Business colleague, Shun Ye!
Congrats to all the nominees and winners! Thank you for all that you do to make Mason a great place for learning.
Congratulations, Award Winners! Deep thanks for all your hard work on behalf of Mason and all of us!
Congratulations to all of the award winners! Thank you for sharing your valuable teaching strategies!
Congratulations to all, and especially Steve Gerber!
Congratulations all! Jack Curry, COMM celebrates you! Thank you for all that you do to support Mason’s students.
Congratulations to all the award winners! I am so proud to see my wife, Dr. Holly Klee recognized for the dedication to her students and the program.
Congratulations to all the teaching award winners who make learning at Mason a memorable experience. Special congrats to Prof. Lawton who is the best teacher I have ever had.
Congratulations to this year's award winners, especially my amazing colleagues in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society! You all make us so proud!
Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks for what you do for Mason Nation! Looking forward to learning from and celebrating you!
Congratulations on this significant accomplishment! I look forward to learning all about your tips, tricks and techniques for excellence in teaching. It is time to celebrate you! Thank you for all you do for our students and for us, your colleagues. Enjoy!
Heartfelt congratulations to you all! Thank you for everything you do for our students and the Mason community.
Congratulations to all the winners. It is so very hard to teach through this pandemic, to do so with excellence and have the impact you do on our students all the more noteworthy. Hope you all get to relax some this summer.
Congratulations to all of the 2020 Award Winners!!!
Jason Cantone was my research professor and he was phenomenal!!!
Congratulations, Anna, on this well-deserved honor!
Who would have thought that a "Pumpkin Pie" would grow up to be a forensic scientist and become a professor of excellence! - I did.
Congratulations to all the winners! 🌹🌹🌹
I am proud to have you all as my colleagues. It has been a challenging year and you were resilient and persistent in your endeavors as educators! Congratulations!
A hearty and heartfelt congratulations to each of you who work so hard to ensure Mason students receive excellent instruction. We honor you!