Supported by staff and fulfilled through students, the mission of Whitman College is carried out by our distinguished faculty. They are teachers and scholars, dedicated to the college, their disciplines and their students.
Each year Whitman recognizes outstanding contributions by individual faculty members, presenting them with awards for demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship, mentoring. The awards are named for legendary faculty emeriti, some living, some deceased, whose impact on generations of students created a legacy that helps define Whitman’s use of the term “demonstrated excellence.”
Selection will be made by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Committee of Division Chairs.
No faculty member may receive more than one award in any five-year period.
2023 Faculty Awards Nomination
Awards will be announced at the end of the year faculty reception. The five most recent recipients in each category were:
Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in Social Sciences
The Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in Social Sciences was established in 1994 by donations from the Whitman College Parent’s Association. The award is given without regard to academic rank or degree attainment to continuing Whitman faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.
2021-22 Rachel George
2020-21 Alvaro Santana-Acuña
2019-20 Thomas R. Armstrong
2018-19 Sarah H. Davies
2017-18 Erin Elizabeth Pahlke
Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities and Arts
The Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities and Arts was established in 1994 by donations from the Whitman College Parent’s Association. The award is given without regard to academic rank or degree attainment to continuing Whitman faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.
2021-22 Christopher Leise
2020-21 Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel
2019-20 Lauren E. Osborne
2018-19 Emily E. Jones
2017-18 Nathan A. Tomsheck
A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching
The A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching was founded in 1981. The award is given to a teacher of natural and physical sciences at Whitman College who has demonstrated skill and excellence in teaching and inspiring students in his or her discipline. The award is given without regard to academic rank or degree attainment to continuing Whitman faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.
2021-22 Jim Russo
2020-21 Nominee declined
2019-20 Britney L. Moss
2018-19 Nathan E. Boland
2017-18 Douglas R. Hundley
George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising
The George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising was established in 1995 by donations from the Whitman College Parent’s Association. The award is given to a continuing Whitman faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in advising Whitman students.
2021-22 Tarik Elseewi
2020-21 Hitomi Johnson
2019-20 Andrea K. Dobson
2018-19 Jacqueline Woodfork
2017-18 Heather A. Hayes
G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship
The G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in the Integration of Teaching and Scholarship was established in 1998 with gifts from Whitman College alumni, former students, and friends of Tom Edwards and the college. This is an annual award for a Whitman College faculty member who is both an excellent teacher and excellent scholar.
2021-22 Arielle Cooley
2020-21 Brian R. Dott
2019-20 Alissa A. Cordner
2018-19 Patrick R. Frierson
2017-18 Kirsten P. Nicolaysen
The Sally A. Hooker Award for Excellence in Staff Support for Teaching
This award is named for Sally Hooker, who retired from Whitman College in 2013 as Associate to the Provost and Dean of Faculty after 28 years of service to the college, which also included serving as the administrative assistant in Division II. Sally was awarded the Janice Abraham Award for Significant Contributions and Outstanding Service in 2002. She served as friend, sounding board, endless source of information, and a shoulder to cry on when needed, for generations of faculty. Her death in 2014 left a deep void that we hope this award will help fill to some extent.
2021-22 David Sprunger
2020-21 Antonia Keithahn
The Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring (administered by the Dean of Students office)
The Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring was established in 2006 in memory of Martin and her exceptional mentoring ability and dedication to the Whitman College community. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member who has helped students get the most out of their time at Whitman.
2021-22 Arash Davari
2020-21 Robert Fricke
2019-20 Daniel D. Schindler
2018-19 Jennifer Lopez
2017-18 Dalia Rokhsana Biswas