Faculty, staff, students earn Spring 2020 awards

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Faculty and staff who advance the mission of the university in teaching, research, and service are recognized annually at the system, campus, and college level.

Visit our Recognition web page to find out about each award.


Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA)

  • Jody Koenig Kellas, communication studies


Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award

  • Kathryn Holland, psychology and women's and gender studies

James O’Hanlon Academic Leader Award

  • Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, political science

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

  • Angela Palmer-Wackerly, communication studies


  • Marco Abel, Willa Cather Professor of English
  • Eric Dodds, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Brian Harbourne, Willa Cather Professor of Mathematics
  • Eileen Hebets, Charles Bessey Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Jeffrey Stevens, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Stacey Waite, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English


CAS Engagement Award

  • Saravanan Raju, computer science and engineering

CAS Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award

  • Allura Ralston (graduate student), psychology
  • Initialize (student organization), computer science and engineering
  • Bureau of Sociological Research (academic unit), sociology

CAS Mentoring Awards

  • Drashti Bhatt, Dean's Office
  • Amelia Montes, English and ethnic studies

College Distinguished Teaching Award

  • David Hage, chemistry
  • Nganga Muchiri, English
  • Angela Palmer-Wackerly, communication studies
  • Heather Richards-Rissetto, anthropology
  • Alexandra Seceleanu, mathematics
  • Alexander Zupan, mathematics

College Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award

  • Rebecca Lai, chemistry
  • Philip Schwadel, sociology
  • Jay Storz, biological sciences
  • Adrian Wisnicki, English

Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award

  • Joy Castro, English and ethnic studies


  • Stephen Burnett, Hymen Rosenberg Professor in Judaic Studies
  • Bedross Der Matossian, Hymen Rosenberg Associate Professor in Judaic Studies
  • Chigozie Obioma, James E. Ryan Associate Professor of English
  • Sophia Perdikaris, Carl A. Happold Professor in Anthropology
  • Jordan Soliz, Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Chair in Arts and Sciences