Each year, the University of Chicago bestows multiple awards honoring excellence in teaching at all levels. The commitment to recognizing and developing such work runs unusually deep at UChicago. It began in 1938 with the creation of what would become the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching by faculty members. The Faculty Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring were created in 1985 to honor the work of full-time faculty members who teach and mentor graduate students. In 1991 the University established the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prizes for Excellence in Teaching , which recognize graduate students who contribute to the teaching of undergraduates in the College. Booth Prize winners are nominated by undergraduate students and faculty members.
The award winners are being recognized in year-end events, including a reception held by the College for recipients of the Quantrell Awards and Booth Prizes. The citations for the Quantrell Awards also are read at the College’s diploma ceremony on June 15, the day of the spring Convocation, and the awards are presented by President Robert J. Zimmer that day. Other teaching award recipients also are honored in connection with Convocation.
This year's winners:
Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- Christine Andrews, Senior Lecturer in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
- Jeffrey Harvey, the Enrico Fermi Distinguished Service Professor in Physics
- Aden Kumler, Assistant Professor in Art History and the College
- Kristen Schilt, Assistant Professor in Sociology
Faculty Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring
- Kevin Hector, Assistant Professor of Theology and of the Philosophy of Religions in the Divinity School
- Eugene Raikhel, Assistant Professor in Comparative Human Development and the College
- Ilya Ruvinsky, Associate Professor in Ecology & Evolution and Organismal Biology & Anatomy
- Christopher Wild, Associate Professor in Germanic Studies and the College
Wayne C. Booth Prize Graduate Student Prizes for Excellence in Teaching