School of Arts and Sciences

Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

The Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring honors an individual — typically a tenure, full-time faculty member — who is involved in the cocurricular and extracurricular life of the campus and, more importantly, has had a significant impact on students' lives as an exceptional teacher, mentor, adviser and friend.

The $5,000 prize 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 that includes two students appointed by the Student Union and two previous Lerman-Neubauer 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 in March 1 of each year.

2024 Recipient | Jeffrey Lenowitz, Professor of Politics

Jeffrey Lenowitz has short brown hair, a beard, and glasses

Nominator Comments
  • "Professor Lenowitz exhibits all the traits a student could possibly ask for in a professor… [H]e fosters critical thinking and open, honest dialogue… He clearly does not just want his students to know political theory, he wants them to be able to do political theory. Professor Lenowitz promotes independent thinking and gives students the tools necessary to organize their thoughts and opinions effectively."
  • "Outside of the classroom, Professor Lenowitz has helped me navigate my interests in public policy work, law, and global development by advising my post-graduate decisions and helping me conceptualize how law school could fit into my future goals. He has helped me and other students navigate the challenges of making decisions post-graduation with good humor and appreciation for individual student challenges."

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Department(s)
2023 Janet McIntosh Anthropology
2022 Jill Greenlee Politics
2021 Govind Sreenivasan History
2020 Michael Willrich History
2019 Elizabeth Brainerd Economics; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
2018 Aparna Baskaran Physics
2017 Adrianne Krstansky Theater Arts
2016 Sarah Lamb Anthropology
2015 Jané Kondev Physics
2014 Marion Smiley Philosophy
2013 Don Katz Psychology
2012 Timothy Hickey Computer Science
2011 Richard Gaskins American Studies, Legal Studies
2010 Elizabeth Emma Ferry Anthropology
2009 David Rakowski Music
2008 Leonard Muellner Classical Studies
2007 David Cunningham Sociology
2006 Ann Koloski-Ostrow Classical Studies
2005 Ibrahim Sundiata African and Afro-American Studies; History
2004 Thomas King English, American Literature
2003 William Flesch English, American Literature
2002 Chandler Fulton Biology
2001 Jane Hale Romance and Comparative Literature
2000 Robert Szulkin Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Languages
1999 Barney Schwalberg Economics