For over 20 years, the Best Should Teach awards ceremony has included a keynote presentation from a distinguished invited educator. 


Kevin headshotJoin us in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballrooms on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. MT for the Best Should Teach Lecture and Awards Ceremony followed by Keynote Kevin Gannon.

Kevin Gannon is Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence and Professor of History at Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (West Virginia University Press, 2020), and his writing has also appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vox, CNN, and The Washington Post. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on campuses in crisis, as well as writing a book on “Zombie Ideas” in higher education.

What to do when you don’t know what to do: Teaching for equity and justice on days after.
Dr. Alyssa Hadley Dunn, Director of Teacher Education for the Neag School of Education and an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

This Best Should Teach awards ceremony included 2020 and 2021 awardees. The ceremony was invitation only to minimize contact. Awardees took turns speaking at the event as they received their awards. There was no guest speaker for this event.   

In 2020, the Best Should Teach awards ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
Bettina L. Love, Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, the University of Georgia

Habits of the Mind: Global Approaches to Teaching and Learning
Michael Puett, Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology, Harvard University 

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Classroom
Thomas Cech, Nobel Laureate, Distinguished Professor, and Director of CU's BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Boulder

Using the Tools of Critical Race Theory and Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism in and out of the Classroom 
Daniel Solórzano, Professor of Social Science & Comparative Education, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles 

The Republic of Imagination: Humanities & the Future of Democracies 
Azar Nafisi, Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University 

The Best Should Research Teaching: Impacts of Physics Education Research 
Steven Pollock, Professor, Physics; Carnegie Professor of the Year 

One Big Sandbox
Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-CEO, Teach for America 

“Getting Serious” About Education: Cultivating Culturally Relevant Teachers for New Century Students 
Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

The Best Should Teach Legacy 
Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder 

Science and the World’s Future 
Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief, Science magazine 

The Pedagogical Imagination: Teaching toward Possibility 
Kris Gutiérrez, Provost’s Chair, School of Education 

Why the Best Should Teach: Intellectuals and Public Responsibility 
Donna Dickenson, Emeritus Professor, Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of London 

Save the World on Your Own Time 
Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law, College of Law, Florida International University 

The Role of Teaching in Countering Social Inequality 
Pedro Noguera, Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University & Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education 

Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science (and a Lot of Other Subjects) 
Carl Weiman, Professor, Physics 

The Less Teaching, the More Learning, and Other Lessons from the Radical Past 
Martin Bickman, Professor, English, CU-Boulder 

Twins Separated at Birth: the Reunion of the Sciences and the Humanities 
Patricia Limerick, Professor, History & Environmental Studies and Chair of the Board & Faculty Director for the Center of the American West 

A New Faculty for the New American Century: Challenges and Opportunities 
Orlando Taylor, Dean of the Graduate School, Howard University 

Teaching Science in the 21st Century 
Margaret Murnane, Professor, Physics 

Teaching Because Democracy Matters 
Walter Parker, University of Washington 

Where Love & Need Are One: A New Day for Teaching 
Eugene Rice, Director for the Forum on Faculty Roles & Rewards, American Association for Higher Education