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The Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences and The Ohio State University regularly recognize exceptional faculty achievements in teaching, service and research or creative activity through formal awards. More than a quarter of our faculty have received at least one teaching award, and many have received Distinguished University Awards.

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DEPARTMENT AWARDS: 2019-2020

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AMANPAL GARCHA
Marlene Longnecker Award for Teaching and Leadership

This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 

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ELIZABETH HEWITT
English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award

This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

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JENNIFER PATTON
English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award

This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

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DAN SEWARD
Department of English Teaching Award for First Year Writing

The Department of English Teaching Award for First-Year Writing recognizes the instructor of English 1110 for extraordinary commitment to the learning experience of student writers. The award is determined by the staff of the First-Year Writing Program following review classroom assignments, statement of purpose, and student response through discursive evaluations.

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KAREN WINSTEAD
English Graduate Organization Professor of the Year Award

Organized by the English Graduate Organization, this award recognizes a professor in the Department of English who has demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through excellence in teaching and advising. All graduate students in the department are invited to nominate and vote.

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COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY AWARDS: 2019-2020

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FREDERICK ALDAMA
Distinguished University Professor Award


This honor highlights one to three full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, scholarly or creative work and service. It is the highest faculty honor at The Ohio State University.

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CHRISTA TESTON
Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities

The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students.

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Department awards

ALAN FARMER | Marlene Longenecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 

MARGARET PRICE | English Graduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
Organized by the English Graduate Organization, this award recognizes a professor in the Department of English who has demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through excellence in teaching and advising. All graduate students in the department are invited to nominate and vote.

CLARISSA SUREK-CLARK | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

KAREN WINSTEAD | English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.


College & university awards

FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA | Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
This award recognizes a member of the humanities faculty who best exemplifies excellence as a teacher of undergraduates. The nominee's performance as a mentor or advisor and use of innovative teaching strategies for the advancement of learning is also considered. 

FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA | Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership
This award is given to a faculty member, staff member or student who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring to and/or leadership on behalf of women or other historically-underrepresented groups at the university.

SARA CROSBY | Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities
The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students. 

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Department awards

KORITHA MITCHELL | English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

BEVERLY MOSS | English Graduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
Organized by the English Graduate Organization, this award recognizes a professor in the Department of English who has demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through excellence in teaching and advising. All graduate students in the department are invited to nominate and vote.

MARTIN JOE PONCE | The Marlene Longenecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
Annual award for one English department faculty member who embodies generosity and citizenship in the Department of English and is selected by the chair of the English department.


College & university awards

MEGHAN HATTAWAY | Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer
Recognizes a maximum of six lecturers, senior lecturers, or other associated faculty members for their teaching excellence.

LAUREN SQUIRES | Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities
The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students

CHRISTA TESTON | Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Departments of English and History / Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognizes a faculty member in the Department of English and a faculty member in the Department of History for teaching excellence.

BEVERLY MOSS | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

VALERIE LEE | Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Trustees in 1952 to recognize individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university. Awards are not made on the basis of long, faithful or loyal service alone, but rather for service that is truly distinguished. Recipients of this award have provided a broad spectrum of services to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.

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Department awards

DREW JONES | Marlene Longnecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 

JAKE RISINGER | English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

LINA FERREIRA | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

MARTIN JOE PONCE | English Graduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
Organized by the English Graduate Organization, this award recognizes a professor in the Department of English who has demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through excellence in teaching and advising. All graduate students in the department are invited to nominate and vote.


College & university awards

ELIZABETH KOLKOVICH | Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Departments of English and History / Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognizes a faculty member in the Department of English and a faculty member in the Department of History for teaching excellence.

TOMMY DAVIS | Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities
The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students. 

SARA CROSBY | Teaching Excellence Award — Marion campus 
For excellence in teaching, chosen by faculty.

FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

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Department awards

PRANAV JANI | The Marlene Longnecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 

MEMORY RISINGER | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

KAREN WINSTEAD | English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.


College & university awards

BRIAN McHALE | Distinguished Scholar Award
Senior professors are honored for their exceptional scholarly accomplishments and younger faculty members for their demonstrated scholarly potential.

ANDREÁ N. WILLIAMS | Arts & Humanities Diversity Enhancement Award

ANDREÁ N. WILLIAMS | Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award
The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award annually recognizes up to five recipients for exceptional diversity efforts.

WENDY HESFORD | Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities 
The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students.

AMY SHUMAN | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

ELIZABETH KOLKOVICH | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

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Department awards

ALAN FARMER | English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

ERIN McGRAW | English Graduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
Organized by the English Graduate Organization, this award recognizes a professor in the Department of English who has demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through excellence in teaching and advising. All graduate students in the department are invited to nominate and vote.

JENNY PATTON | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

ANDREÀ WILLIAMS | The Marlene Longnecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 


College & university awards

WENDY HESFORD | College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award
Description Each year the College of Arts & Sciences gives four Outstanding Teaching Awards, one each in the divisions of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural & Mathematical Sciences and one for lecturers. These Awards recognize excellence and outstanding contribution both in undergraduate and graduate teaching and in all aspects of teaching, not just class performance.

JENNY PATTON | Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer
Recognizes a maximum of six lecturers, senior lecturers, or other associated faculty members for their teaching excellence.

AMY SHUMAN | Distinguished Scholar Award
Senior professors are honored for their exceptional scholarly accomplishments and younger faculty members for their demonstrated scholarly potential.

EDDIE SINGLETON | Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award
This award recognizes contributions of exceptional faculty and staff to first-year student success, and honors those who have demonstrated a passion beyond their typical job responsibilities for helping students make the most of their first year, fostering personal connections with or among first-year students, implementing policies that helped make first-year student success possible, and serving as a resource to new students.

CHRISTIAN ZACHER | Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Trustees in 1952 to recognize individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university. Awards are not made on the basis of long, faithful or loyal service alone, but rather for service that is truly distinguished. Recipients of this award have provided a broad spectrum of services to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.

NAN JOHNSON | Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
This award recognizes a member of the humanities faculty who best exemplifies excellence as a teacher of undergraduates. The nominee's performance as a mentor or advisor and use of innovative teaching strategies for the advancement of learning is also considered.

BEVERLY MOSS | Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Departments of English and History / Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognizes a faculty member in the Department of English and a faculty member in the Department of History for teaching excellence.

ELIZABETH RENKER | Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities
The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students. 

CHRISTOPHER HIGHLEY | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

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Department awards

AMANPAL GARCHA | English Graduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
Organized by the English Graduate Organization, this award recognizes a professor in the Department of English who has demonstrated commitment to graduate student success through excellence in teaching and advising. All graduate students in the department are invited to nominate and vote.

ELIZABETH HEWITT | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

LISA KISER | The Marlene Longnecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 

JOHN MOE | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.


College & university awards

FREDERICK ALDAMA | Distinguished Scholar Award
Senior professors are honored for their exceptional scholarly accomplishments and younger faculty members for their demonstrated scholarly potential.

LYNN ITAGAKI | Arts & Humanities Diversity Enhancement Award

AMY SHUMAN | Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award
The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award celebrates and rewards members of the Ohio State community who are shaping the university with cutting-edge curriculum, mentorship, new programs or policy impact that are making diversity and inclusiveness a part of its best practices by changing daily operations, program components or cultural awareness.

BEN McCORKLE | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

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MURRAY BEJA | English Undergraduate Organization Associated Faculty of the Year Award
This award recognizes an associated faculty in English who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.

LUKE WILSON | The Marlene Longnecker Award for Teaching and Leadership
This award was endowed in 2008 by the English Advisory Board in honor of Marlene Longenecker, on the occasion of her retirement from the faculty. Each year, it honors a faculty member selected for their combination of distinguished teaching and outstanding department and university service and leadership. 

CHRISTOPHER HIGHLEY | English Undergraduate Organization Professor of the Year Award
This award recognizes an English professor who has demonstrated remarkable commitment tot students, taught a course in a truly unique way and/or provided students with an exceptional learning experience. The English Undergraduate Organization oversees the selection process for these awards, inviting all English majors to participate in an online voting process and collaborating with the winners of the previous year's awards as necessary to determine the current winners.


College & university awards

CHRISTOPHER HIGHLEY | Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Departments of English and History / Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognizes a faculty member in the Department of English and a faculty member in the Department of History for teaching excellence.

MARTIN JOE PONCE | Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award
The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award celebrates and rewards members of the Ohio State community who are shaping the university with cutting-edge curriculum, mentorship, new programs or policy impact that are making diversity and inclusiveness a part of its best practices by changing daily operations, program components or cultural awareness.

ERIN McGRAW | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

KAY HALASEK | Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.