Seven Faculty Members Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Each spring, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning presents awards for teaching excellence. The college is proud to announce that six of its faculty members have received awards this year.

The university describes the Teaching Excellence Award as an institutional recognition of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation, curriculum development, and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring. Teachers of Distinction are faculty members who have been finalists for the Teaching Excellence Award, and who are recognized across campus for their exceptional teaching and commitment to teaching-related activities.

Similarly, the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award recognizes the contributions of outstanding adjunct faculty members and is open to all adjunct faculty members who are currently teaching a course or who taught at least one course during the past current academic year, who also have at least six semesters of teaching experience at Mason.

The college congratulates its Teaching Excellence Award honorees:

  • Anna Habib, Department of English, Winner, Teaching Excellence Award
  • Keith Clark, Department of English, Teaching Excellence Award Teacher of Distinction
  • Catherine Wright, Department of Communication, Teaching Excellence Award Teacher of Distinction
  • Jason Cantone, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, Winner, Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award
  • Jack Curry, Department of Communication, Winner, Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award
  • Gwen Udell, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Teacher of Distinction
  • Graziella McCarron, School of Integrative Studies, Online Teaching Excellence Award Teacher of Distinction

“Our faculty take great pride in being highly effective teacher-scholars,” said Ann Ardis, dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “The college is enormously proud of how many of our colleagues receive these Teaching Excellence and Teacher of Distinction Awards year after year.”

Teaching Excellence Award winners traditionally have been recognized at a ceremony in spring semester, however, with the current concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Stearns Center has postponed the 2020 ceremony until further notice.