The University of Chicago Magazine
Head of the class: honoringChicago's great teachersPrize pedagogues: Physics professor and Quantrell winner Sidney Nagel
Hanna Holborn Gray's portrait may have been missing this past spring, but the woman herself made her presence felt. Despite a 21-year absence from the classroom, the former U of C president demonstrated that she hadn't lost her touch, as one of four professors awarded Quantrell awards for superb undergraduate teaching. The Quantrells and several other teaching award-winners included:
Quantrell AwardsEric Caplan, Harper instructor in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division
The nation's oldest prize for undergraduate teaching, the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards were founded by a University trustee in 1938 by Ernest Quantrell, who named the award for his parents.
In addition to Gray, the Harry Pratt Judson distinguished service professor in history, Quantrells went to Eric Caplan, Harper instructor in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division; James Hopson, PhD'65, professor of organismal biology & anatomy; and Sidney Nagel, professor of physics.
The Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching, established in 1992, recognizes special and distinctive achievement in the College over an extended period. This year's winners were Malka Moscona, associate professor in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division; and Donald Levine, AB'50, AM'54, PhD'57, the Peter B. Ritzma professor of sociology. Levine, who was dean of the College in the 1980s, has taught undergraduates for nearly all of his 35 years on the faculty.
Graduate Teaching Awards
This year's winners of the Faculty Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching were Lawrence Barsalou, professor of psychology; J. Peter May, professor of mathematics; and Jonathan Rosner, professor of physics.
The Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prizes for Excellence in Teaching recognize important contributions that graduate students make to the College. Winning the $2,000 prize this past spring were Allison Abell, Stanley Chang, Mark Clague, and Alexis Dudden.Prize pedagogues: Associate biology professor Malka Moscona, below, who won an Amoco prize.
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