Awards & Recognition

Every year, Arts & Sciences and the University recognize outstanding faculty and staff with awards for contributions to teaching, research, and service. 

The Distinguished Leadership Award

The Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award in Arts & Sciences is awarded to an outstanding faculty member in recognition of exceptional service to the University. The award was established in 2014 by Dean Barbara Schaal in recognition of a long history of outstanding faculty leaders who have shaped the University, from developing educational programs and policy to serving on committees and in administration. 

The Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts & Sciences was established in 2014 by Dean Barbara Schaal to honor and publicly recognize an outstanding faculty member in Arts & Sciences for his or her exceptional teaching. Arts & Sciences has a long history of distinguished educators and innovative teaching that enriches the lives of undergraduate and graduate students, and the establishment of this award is a tribute to this tradition. 

David Hadas Teaching Award

The David Hadas Teaching Award in Arts & Sciences was established in his name in 2008 by Pamela W. Hadas to honor and publicly recognize an outstanding tenured faculty member in Arts & Sciences who demonstrates commitment and excellence in teaching first year undergraduate students.

Outstanding Staff Awards

The Arts & Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards are presented annually to non-teaching personnel, who make significant contributions to the effectiveness of the teaching, advising, counseling, and research efforts in Arts & Sciences. The Dean also presents a special "Dean's Award" to one Washington University employee outside of Arts & Sciences who makes a significant difference to Arts & Sciences. The Dean of Arts & Sciences selects the winners of the Staff Award and the Dean’s Award.

Other Awards and Honors

Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Each year, this award recognizes educators for their passion for teaching, their impact on student learning, and their knowledge and creativity. Awards are given during an awards ceremony with a reception each November. Washington University honorees are selected for innovation and leadership in undergraduate teaching. The honorees are nominated by the deans of their respective schools and by The Teaching Center. Read more. 


Washington University Teaching Awards

Awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member from one of the seven Danforth Campus schools. Criteria for selection are: Outstanding achievement in research and scholarship; recognized prominence within the community of scholars; service and dedication to the betterment of the university; and respected accomplishments in teaching. Read more.