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Goergen Awards

The generous support of University Trustee Robert Goergen and his wife, Pamela, enables the College to recognize, reward and encourage strong and innovative undergraduate teaching. The Goergen Awards, presented each year since 1997, demonstrate the range of contributions to undergraduate learning by members of the College faculty and staff, both individually and collectively.

In 2010 the Goergen Awards program was redesigned to make larger awards focused exclusively on excellence in undergraduate teaching by individual faculty members. The awards are now presented at the annual Goergen Awards Ceremony in October.

All nominations must be submitted to the dean of the College, Jeffrey Runner. Questions about these awards should be directed to Selections will be made by the Hajim School Dean, the School of Arts and Sciences Dean, and the Dean of the College.

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Formerly Distinguished Achievement & Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching.

The Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes the distinctive teaching accomplishments and skills of faculty in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The Award aims to acknowledge the full scope of work that contributes to excellence in undergraduate education. It can be given for distinguished teaching in large introductory courses or advanced seminars. In addition to being given for superior classroom performance, it can recognize innovation in course design or teaching methods, the creative use of educational technology, the integration of research and teaching, the capacity to elicit superior work from students, or the mentoring of students in independent study projects and senior essays.

The College invites nominations from all sectors of the College: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff members, and administrators. Nominations should make a case for the nominee’s distinctive achievement in undergraduate teaching. Students wishing to make nominations are encouraged to work with the nominee’s department to assemble the required information. The nomination may include letters of support from faculty colleagues who have substantial knowledge of the nominee’s teaching or innovation in curricular or pedagogical areas; letters from students, teaching assistants, or others who have been influenced by the nominee’s activities; and other supporting documents highlighting excellence, such as SCOQ results, information about grants related to pedagogy or course development, or other teaching awards. All nominations must be submitted to the dean of the College, Jeffrey Runner, no later than August 25, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged. The Hajim School Dean, the School of Arts and Sciences Dean, and the Dean of the College shall make the final decision.

The selection committee may make three awards of $15,000 each.


Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement
and Artistry in Undergraduate Education
2016Beth JorgensenModern Languages and Cultures
2016Amy LernerBiomedical Engineering
2016Bradley NilssonChemistry
2015Andrew ElliotClinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
2015John KesslerEarth and Environmental Sciences
2015Deborah Rossen-KnillWriting, Speaking and Argument Program
2014Julie BentleyInstitute of Optics
2014Jonathan PakianathanMathematics
2014Jeffrey TuckerEnglish
2013Bonnie MeguidPolitical Science
2013Anne MeridethReligion and Classics
2013John MichaelEnglish
2012Mark BockoElectrical and Computer Engineering
2012Alison FrontierChemistry
2012Richard KaueperHistory
2011Dan-Andrei GebaMathematics
2011John GivensModern Languages & Cultures
2011Joanna ScottEnglish
2010Carmala GarzioneEarth & Environmental Sciences
2010Kenneth GrossEnglish
2010Renato PerucchioMechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering
2009Todd KraussChemistry
2009G. Bingham PowellPolitical Science
2009Harry ReisClinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
2008Fred CohenMathematics
2008Robert FosterAnthropology
2008James LongenbachEnglish
2007Claudia SchaeferModern Languages & Cultures
2007Robert HolmesPhilosophy Department
2007Andrew BergerInstitute of Optics
2006Susan GustafsonGerman Studies
2006Jeffrey RunnerLinguistics and Brain & Cognitive Sciences
2006Dan Martin WatsonPhysics & Astronomy
2005James FarrarChemistry
2005Emil HomerinReligion and Classics
2005David PrimoPolitical Science
2004Thomas DiPieroFrench and Visual & Cultural Studies
2004Wayne KnoxInstitute of Optics
2003James JohnsonPolitical Science
2003Allen TopolskiArt and Art History
2002Douglas BrooksReligion and Classics
2002Patrick DaviesClinical and Social Psychology
2002Diane DaleckiBiomedical Engineering
2002Tom EickbushBiology
2001Curt CadoretteReligion and Classics
2001Thomas HahnEnglish
2001Michael ScottComputer Science
2001John TardunoEarth and Environmental Sciences
2000Loisa BennettoClinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
2000Joseph EberlyPhysics
2000Kim KowalkeMusic
1999Daniel AlbrightEnglish
1999Naomi JochnowitzMathematics
1999Jack KampmeierChemistry
1999Ian WalmsleyOptics
1998Alfred Clark, Jr.Mechanical Engineering & Mathematics
1998Gerald GammPolitical Science & History
1998Steven GonekMathematics
1998Russell PeckEnglish
1997Celia ApplegateHistory
1997Theodore BrownCommunity and Preventative Medicine
1997Michael GageMathematics
1997Barbara IlardiClinical & Social Psychology
1997Thomas KrughChemistry
1997Frank WolfsPhysics & Astronomy


Goergen Award for Curricular Achievement in Undergraduate Education 1997-2009
2009Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs
2008International Theatre Program
2007Take Five Scholars Program
2005Department of Biomedical Engineering
2005Department of Political Science
2004Department of Computer Science
2004Physical Chemistry Curriculum, Department of Chemistry
2002College Workshop Courses, Department of English
2001College Writing Program
1999Brain and Cognitive Sciences
1998Mathematics (for its calculus program)
1997College Music Programs
1997Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions
to Undergraduate Learning 1997-2009
YearRecipient (Individual or Department)
2009Anne-Marie Algier, Associate Dean of Students and Director, Wilson Commons Student Activities
2008Jane Possee, Associate Director of Athletics & Recreation
2007Jody Asbury, Dean of Students
2006The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
2005Ovide Corriveau, Senior Operations Officer in the College
2004Terry Gurnett, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Development; Women’s Soccer Team Coach
2003Suzanne O'Brien, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
2002George VanderZwaag, Director of Athletics & Recreation
2002Sam Nelson, English, University Debate Union
2001Richard Aslin, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
2000Ronald Dow, Dean of River Campus Libraries
1999Dale McAdam, Dean of Freshmen, Psychology
1999Office of Minority Student Affairs
1998Program for Women in Science and Engineering
1998Community Service Network
1997College Curriculum Committee - Paul Slattery (Chair), Rogert Angerer, Celia Applegate, Douglas Brooks, Richard Feldman, William Scott Green, Suzanne O'Brien, Alan Stockman