Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching honors an individual for their outstanding teaching.
The $2,500 award is presented annually at the April faculty meeting.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit nominations. The recipient is selected by the Dean of Arts and Sciences upon the recommendation of a committee consisting of three faculty, including previous Teaching Prize recipients, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Decisions are based on nomination letters, teaching evaluations, Faculty Activity Reports and CVs. Nominations are due by March 1 of each year.
Assistant Professor of Biology
- "What makes him a great professor is the quality of his character. The best teachers, in my experience, are those who care for their students first. Professor Piasta is exactly that. Professor Piasta is worthy and deserving of any of the teaching awards-- as he is an exemplary person and an excellent professor. "
- "Kene is fabulous, innovative classroom professor who has demonstrated a commitment to inclusive teaching and mentoring practices. Our division of science simply would not be the same without him."
- "He has not only helped me to fall in love with biology even further, but has offered me guidance towards my future. This is what sets him apart from other professors; even though he teaches large classes and has a busy schedule, he is willing to take the time to sit down and discuss a student’s future endeavors. As he said to me, that is his favorite part of the job."
|2022||Keith Plaster||Linguistics and Computational Linguistics|
|2021||Lucía Reyes de Deu||Hispanic Studies|
|2020||Antonella Di Lillo||Computer Science|
|2017||Daniel Breen||Legal Studies|
|2015||Jennifer Cleary||Theater Arts|
|2014||Laura Goldin||Environmental Studies|
|2012||Irina Dubinina||German, Russian and Asisan Languages and Literature|
|2007||Lizbeth Hedstrom||Biochemistry and Chemistry|
|2006||Dan L. Perlman||Biology, Environmental Studies|
|2004||Olga Broumas||Creative Writing|
|2003||H. Michael Coiner||Economics|
|2002||Robert C. Hunt||Anthropology|
|2001||Mary Davis||American Studies|
|1998||No prize awarded|
|1997||Paola Servino||Romance and Comparative Literature (Italian)|
|1995||John Bush Jones||Theater Arts|
|1994||John Burt||English and American Literature|
|1993||Stephen Whitfield||American Studies|
|1992||Cheryl Walker||Classical Studies|
|1990||David Hackett Fischer||History|
|1989||Ann Koloski-Ostrow||Classical Studies|
|1986||John Smith||English and American Literature|