& innovation in teaching
Great teachers have the ability to open students’ minds to the widest range of possibilities, inspire curiosity and questioning, and guide students along their academic journey. They bring energy and excitement to their classrooms, advance the research mission of the university, and support our students in achieving academic success.
Every year, the University of Oregon recognizes the excellence of its faculty with Distinguished Teaching Awards. This year, more than 50 faculty members were nominated by students, staff, faculty, and others in the UO community.
The Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee has selected seven to receive this most prestigious teaching honor. These awards are made possible by the generosity of A.J. Ersted and Thomas F. Herman. They help us recognize some of the most engaged, inclusive, and research-led teachers at the UO.
College of Arts and Sciences
Herman Faculty Achievement Award
Hames-García is a professor of indigenous, race, and ethnic studies. His work focuses on inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability in the criminal justice system, from policing and criminal courts to incarceration and re-entry. He became a visiting professor at UO in 2005 and an associate professor in 2006.
College of Arts and Sciences
Institute of Molecular Biology
Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching
Zemper is an assistant professor of biology and leads the Zemper Lab. Part of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accellerating Scientific Impact, the Zemper Lab's research focuses on small intestinal and colonic epithelial stem cell behavior. Zemper has been teaching at UO since 2015.
College of Design
Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy
Hutterer is an assistant professor of the history of art and architecture. She teaches the first term of architectural history survey, as well as specialized courses in medieval art and architecture. Her research focuses on ecclesiastical buildings in medieval France. She has been teaching at UO since 2014.
Lundquist College of Business
Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education
Ford is an instructor of business analytics. He has redesigned online course curriculum for introductory business students to incorporate new technologies, simulations, and case studies. Ford has been teaching at UO since 2015.
A.J. Ersted Faculty Awards
The A.J. Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching was established in 1956 as an annual award for junior faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, preferably to those who have taught comparatively short periods and have demonstrated exceptional abilities to induce students to reason. The A.J. Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy was initiated in 2016 to recognize junior faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional teaching abilities and expertise in a particular area of teaching.
Thomas F. Herman Faculty Awards
The Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award was established in 1994 to recognize senior faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. The Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy was initiated in 2014 to recognize senior faculty members with expertise in a particular area of teaching. In 2017, a third Herman Award category, the Thomas F. Herman Award for Outstanding Online Education, was established to recognize faculty members at any stage of their career who have demonstrated innovation and creativity in implementing online and hybrid class formats.