Excellence in Teaching Award

The Excellence in Teaching Award, formerly known as the Distinguished Teaching Award, was established to honor and publicly recognize an outstanding faculty member in Arts & Sciences for 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. 

All tenured and tenure-track Arts & Sciences faculty, professors of the practice, lecturers, and adjuncts are eligible and may be nominated by anyone in the Washington University community.  

Nomination Instructions

Nominations should describe the nominee's overall contributions to teaching in Arts & Sciences and include specific examples that showcase the faculty member's excellence in the classroom and transformative impact on students. Please submit nominations to the Dean’s Office via webform ahead of the nomination deadline.

Past Recipients


Silas Johnson
Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics


Shanti Parikh
Professor and Chair of African and African-American Studies 

Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology 



Emily Cohen-Shikora
Senior Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences


Miguel Valerio
Assistant Professor of Spanish



Arpita Bose
Associate Professor of Biology

Michelle Purdy
Associate Professor of Education
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Educational Studies
Affiliate Faculty, African and African-American Studies & Urban Studies

Younasse Tarbouni 
Teaching Professor of Arabic


Stan Braude
Professor of the Practice of Biology

Lerone Martin
Associate Professor of Religion and Politics


Megan Daschbach 
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry


John Shareshian
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics


Eric Brown
Associate Professor of Philosophy


Amanda Carey
Senior Lecturer in Spanish


Ke Nie
Lecturer in Chinese in East Asian Languages and Cultures


Joseph “Pepe” Schraibman
Professor of Spanish in Romance Languages and Literatures


Kathryn Mairin Hynes
Lecturer in Physics


Ignacio Sánchez Prado
Associate Professor of Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Film and Media Studies


Jami Ake
Senior Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities
Senior Lecturer of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Douglas Chalker
Associate Professor of Biology