Teaching Awards

Each spring, the School of Arts and Sciences recognizes four outstanding faculty members for their work both inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to nominate faculty members for one or more awards during the open nomination period, typically between early February and early March. Nominations may only be made via the online nomination form. Each nomination requires a separate submission.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Honors an individual for his or her outstanding teaching. Prize: $2,500.

Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award

Given to an outstanding faculty member of the graduate school who has impacted his or her students' education inside and outside the classroom. Prize: $2,500.

Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

Awarded to an individual who is involved in the cocurricular and extracurricular life of the campus and has made a significant impact on students' lives as an exceptional teacher, mentor, adviser and friend. Prize: $5,000.

  • 2019 honoree: Elizabeth Brainerd, Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in Economics and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
  • See list of past recipients of the Lerman-Neubauer Prize.

Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching

Presented annually to a tenure-track faculty member who combines superlative scholarship with inspired teaching. Prize: 2,500.