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.”

All tenure-track faculty, as well as contingent faculty who have taught at least two-thirds time for each of the last five years, are eligible for nomination. No faculty member may receive more than one award in any five-year period. 

Selection will be made by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Committee of Division Chairs.

Faculty awards

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

2016-17  Susanne Beechey
2015-16  Gilbert Felipe Mireles, Jr.
2014-15  Jan Crouter
2013-14  Samantha Brooke Vick
2012-13  Matthew Prull

Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities and Arts

2016-17 Nicole Pietrantoni
2015-16  Dennis Crockett
2014-15  Walter Wyman
2013-14  Susan Babilon
2012-13  Nicole Simek

A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching

2016-17  Nick Bader
2015-16  Thomas A. Knight
2014-15  Marcus Juhasz
2013-14  Frank M. Dunnivant
2012-13  Albert Schueller

George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising

2016-17  Suzanne Morrissey
2015-16  Guarav Majumdar
2014-15  Halefom Belay
2013-14  Frederick G. Moore
2012-13  Bruce Magnusson

G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

2016-17  Julia Ireland
2015-16  Elyse Semerdjian
2014-15  Walter Herbranson
2013-14  Jeanne Morefield
2012-13  Elizabeth Vandiver

The Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring (administered by the Dean of Students office)

2016-17  Yukiko Shigeto
2015-16  Melisa S.L. Casumbal-Salazar
2014-15  Keith Farrington
2013-14  Susanne N. Beechey
2012-13  Clare Carson