LTW Teaching Prize

The Linda and Tod White Teaching prize is awarded each year to our most talented faculty members.

How do we select the winners?  We generate of pool of nominees by asking students to vote for the faculty whose teaching methods have engaged them and facilitated their learning, faculty who stimulate their intellectual livliness and who cultivate their intellectual identity, faculty who exhibit a strong commitment to mentoring students scholarly and/or artistic pursuits both within and beyond the classroom.  After tallying student votes, we generate a finalist pool who we ask to submit a teaching philosophy and sample teaching materials.  We also solicit letters from former and current students.  The Teaching Prize Committee (made up of the Dean of the College, the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and past winners of the teaching prize) carefully review these materials to determine the winner(s).    

Past winners include:

2018-2019

D. Keith Naylor, Religious Studies

Jay Daigle Mathematics

2017-2018

Brandon Lehr, Economics

Beth Braker, Biology

2016-2017

Krystale Littlejohn, Sociology

Clair Morrissey, Philosophy 

2015-2016

Thalia González, Politics

Eric Frank, Art History 

2014-2015

Gretchen North, Biology

Felisa Guillén, Spanish

2013-2014

Shana Goffredi, Biology

Richard Mora, Sociology

2012-2013

Lisa Wade, Sociology

Greg Tollisen, Math

2011-2012

Jaclyn Rodriguez, Psychology

Kristi Upson-Saia, Religious Studies

2010-2011

Regina Freer, Politics

Kerry Thompson, Biology

2009-2010

Caroline Heldman, Politics

2008-2009

Deborah Martinson, Writing & Rhetoric

Gary Martin, Biology

Eric Newhall, English

2007-2008

Roger Boesche, Politics

Damian Stocking, English

Stuart Rugg, Kinesiology

Giorgio Secondi, Economics

 

* The prize was established at Occidental in 2007 through a generous endowment provided by Linda and Tod White (Oxy alum and former trustee).  Each year’s winners are announced at convocation.