School of Arts and Sciences

Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching

The Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member who combines superlative scholarship with inspired 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 in March 1, 2023.

2022 Recipient

Greg Childs

Gregory Childs
Assistant Professor of History 

Nominator Comments

  • "I have taken nearly a major’s worth of history courses, and never before have I had a professor who has had as unique an approach to teaching history as Professor Childs. He addressed the concept of history itself and the inclusiveness/exclusiveness of its production as a foundational lens through which we evaluated primary and secondary sources. He challenged us to consider and ask questions that truly interrogate history, the way language is used, and to pay attention to whose voices are heard and whose have been silenced."
  • "Professor Childs truly brings his artistry into his teaching. He lectures almost lyrically -engaging his students, inciting their critical thinking, and chronicling the history of graffiti in a clear and concise way."
  • "He is a role model that is devoted to his discipline and his students."

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Department(s)
2021 Wangui Muigai History and African and African American Studies
2020 Hannah Muller History
2019 Naghmeh Sohrabi History
2018 Anita Hannig Anthropology
2017 Derron Wallace Education, Sociology
2016 Jasmine Johnson African and African American Studies; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
2015 Isaac Krauss Chemistry
2014 Xing Hang History
2013 Sara Shostak Sociology
2012 Christine Thomas Chemistry
2011 Tory Fair Fine Arts
2010 Maura Jane Farrelly American Studies
2009 Peter Kalb Fine Arts
2008 Wendy Cadge Sociology
2007 Adrianne Krstansky Theater Arts
2006 Donald Katz Psychology, Neuroscience
2005 Janet McIntosh Anthropology
2004 Derek Isaacowitz Psychology
2003 Can Erbil Economics
2002 ChaeRan Freeze Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
2001 Chad Brown Economics
2000 Michael Randall Romance and Comparative Literature
1999 Govind Sreenivasan History
1998 No prize awarded
1997 Sarah Lamb Anthropology
1996 Lynette Bosch Fine Arts
1995 Jane Kamensky History
1994 Neil Simister Biology
1993 Mary Campbell English and American Literature
1992 Thomas Pochapsky Chemistry
1991 Marc Brettler Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
1990 Philip Harper English and American Literature
1989 William Flesch English and American Literature
1988 Helena Michie English and American Literature
1987 Andreas Teuber Philosophy
1986 Joseph Cunningham Psychology
1985 James Merod English and American Literature
1984 Martha Morrison Classical Studies
1983 Jeffrey Abramson Politics
1982 Malcolm Watson Psychology