2014 Faculty Award Recipients
Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities
Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (German) Susan Babilon was praised by colleagues and students for her “inspirational commitment to our German program” during a period of transition. Students highlighted her energy and enthusiasm, her innovative classes and her efforts “ to make German accessible and enjoyable for students of all levels.”
Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Students who nominated Assistant Professor of Politics Susanne Beechey called her impact on their academic and personal lives “profound.” Faculty colleagues and mentees emphasized Beechey’s generosity and level-headedness. A fellow professor praised her “deep sensitivity to issues of gender, sexual identity and race.”
A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching
A student of Professor of Chemistry Frank Dunnivant wrote that “Frank puts his heart into his teaching, and his care for his students reverberates throughout every one of his classes.” Above all, “students love his enthusiasm and his humor and appreciate his ‘Frank’ness.”
George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising
As primary adviser for Whitman College’s 3-2 Engineering Program, Professor of Physics Frederick Moore has helped shape students’ undergraduate and post-graduate careers. In nominating Moore, a colleague said that he has gone above and beyond to support his advisees.
G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship
Associate Professor of Politics Jeanne Morefield is known by both faculty members and students as a dynamic teacher and a gifted scholar. Students said that Morefield guided discussions without dominating them and urged “each of her students to participate in the classroom dialogue.” Colleagues called her a “truly gifted master-teacher.”
S. Brooke Vick
Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Psychology S. Brooke Vick researches prejudice and discrimination. In her classroom, “she makes these difficult topics and nuanced issues accessible,” one student wrote. Others stressed how much material Vick would include in her class while still finding time for questions and discussion.