Faculty Awards

2022

Teaching Professor of Distinction 

These teaching professors, who range from historians to biologists, are being recognized with the college’s highest honor for their exemplary teaching and participation in the university community. They were chosen by their peers and confirmed by previous teaching professors of distinction.

Christy Fillman

Christy Fillman

Dr. Fillman has worked with LAs since 2009 in MCDB 2150 + MCDB 2152; departmental coordinator for MCDB
John Keller

John Keller

Dr. Keller has worked with LAs since Spring 2019 in ASTR 1010, 1200, 3400; departmental coordinator for ASTR
David Paradis

David Paradis

Dr. Paradis has worked with LAs since Spring 2020 in CE-HIST 1011, HIST 3020, HIST 1113; departmental coordinator for History

2022 Marinus Smith Award Winners

The Marinus Smith Award recognizes faculty and staff members who have had a particularly positive impact on our students. Honorees are nominated by those they teach, mentor, support and serve.

Anne Dougherty

Anne Dougherty

Dr. Dougherty has worked with LAs since 2004 as the co-departmental coordinator of the Applied Math department and Lead Faculty of APPM 1350, 1360, 2350, 2360, 3310, 3570, 4440, and many more! She was recognized for this award due to her efforts as a faculty advisor and Associate Chair for Applied Mathematics.
Noah Finkelstein

Noah Finkelstein

Dr. Finkelstein has researched and worked with LAs since 2003 as a Lead Faculty in PHYS 1010, 1020, 1230, 2130, 2170, 3330, among so many others!

CU President’s Teaching Scholars Award

The CU President's Teaching Scholars honors faculty "who exemplify a zeal for teaching and learning, a passion for their discipline, high regard for their students, an altruistic attitude towards students and colleagues, full respect for diversity in teaching styles and learning communities, an interest in assessing the effects of classroom teaching, and a desire to promote civil discourse both inside and outside the classroom."

Heather Lewandowski

Heather Lewandowski

Dr. Lewandowski has worked with LAs since Spring 2014 as a Lead Faculty for PHYS 1140 and 3300.

Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy 

This award recognizes the importance of teaching and mentoring students as significant components of faculty duties.

Rachael Deagman Simonetta

Rachael Deagman Simonetta

Dr. Deagman Simonetta is a faculty member in the English Department and is a recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy Award.

2021

American Physical Society's 2021 Fellows

The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.

Valerie Otero

Valerie Otero

Dr. Otero was elected as a 2021 APS Fellow for the creation and broad dissemination of innovative physics curricular materials, pioneering contributions to physics teacher education and professional development, and for the development, implementation, and wide dissemination of the Learning Assistant Model across diverse institutions.
Kathy Perkins

Kathy Perkins

Dr. Perkins was elected as a 2021 APS fellow for profound contributions to physics education through the vision and leadership of the PhET project, resulting in the creation of many high-quality interactive simulations for teaching physics to hundreds of millions of students and teachers globally.

Graduate School Outstanding Mentor Award Winners

This award recognizes dedicated faculty members for their many contributions in mentoring graduate students and supporting the mission of graduate education.

Dr. Valerie Otero

Valerie Otero

Dr. Otero is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in Physics Education Research. Valerie is co-founder and executive director of the Colorado Learning Assistant program, the International Learning Assistant Alliance, and the Physics through Evidence, Empowerment through Reasoning (PEER Physics) program. Valerie has advised the National Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, the National Governors Association, and NASA on issues in undergraduate STEM...
Dr. Jan Lenaerts

Jan Lenaerts

Dr. Jan Lenaerts has worked with LAs since Spring 2019 as a Lead Faculty for ATOC 1050.

Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Leadership and Service

Excellence in faculty leadership and service is defined as all of those professional activities other than teaching and research that are performed by faculty members as part of their University responsibilities or as community outreach (internal, external, or both kinds of service).

Seth Hornstein with award

Seth Hornstein

Dr. Hornstein has worked with LAs since Fall 2007 as a Lead Faculty for ASTR 1010, 1200, 1020, and 2600, and serves as the Departmental Coordinator for Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.

Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy

This award recognizes the importance of teaching and mentoring students as significant components of faculty duties.

Heather Lewandowski

Heather Lewandowski

Dr. Lewandowski has worked with LAs since Spring 2014 as a Lead Faculty for PHYS 1140 and 3300.

2021 Marinus Smith Award Winners

The Marinus Smith Award recognizes faculty and staff members who have had a particularly positive impact on our students. Honorees are nominated by those they teach, mentor, support and serve.

Ellen Broering

Ellen Broering

Dr. Broering has worked with LAs since Fall 2021, as a lead instructor for CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1133.
Lisa Corwin

Lisa Corwin

Dr. Corwin has worked with LAs since Fall 2017, as a lead instructor for EBIO 1010 and 2040.
Kristin Swisher

Kristin Swisher

Ms. Swisher has worked with LAs since Spring 2021, as a lead instructor for BCOR 1030.

2020

Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Leadership and Service

Excellence in faculty leadership and service is defined as all of those professional activities other than teaching and research that are performed by faculty members as part of their University responsibilities or as community outreach (internal, external, or both kinds of service).

Silva Chang

Silva Chang

Dr. Chang has worked with LAs since Fall 2009 as a Lead Faculty for APPM 1340, 1345, 1350, and 1360.

Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy

This award recognizes the importance of teaching and mentoring students as significant components of faculty duties.

Heidi Day

Heidi Day

Dr. Day has worked with LAs since Fall 2015 in NRSC 2200 and serves a a co-Departmental Coordinator for Psychology and Neuroscience.
David Brain

David Brain

Dr. Brain has worked with LAs since Fall 2015 in ASTR 1030 and 3720.

2020 Marinus Smith Award Winners

The Marinus Smith Award recognizes faculty and staff members who have had a particularly positive impact on our students. Honorees are nominated by those they teach, mentor, support and serve.

William Kuskin

William Kuskin

Dr. Kuskin has worked with LAs since Fall 2020 as a Lead Faculty for "Comics" ENGL 3856 and ENES 3843.
Iona Fleming

Iona Fleming

Dr. Fleming has worked with LAs since Fall 2020 as a Lead Faculty for CSCI 1300.