Established in 1998 with a gift from Dietrich School alumnus, David Bellet (A&S '67) and his wife Tina, and endowed in 2008 through the family's further generosity, this annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Each fall, students and faculty are encouraged to submit nominations to the associate dean for undergraduate studies. A committee reviews nominations and requests dossiers from eligible candidates. Honorees are announced in the spring, and award recipients each receive a one-time cash prize of $5,000.
- Must be a Dietrich School faculty member with a regular full-time appointment who teaches undergraduate students
- Must have taught for three years on the Oakland campus
- Must receive three or more nominations
Bellet Dossier Evaluation Criteria
The following are the teaching excellence evaluation criteria for the candidates' dossiers.
- How the candidate communicates subject matter to undergraduate students of varied backgrounds and skill levels
- How the candidate encourages high standards of attainment for all undergraduate students
- How the candidate advises and mentors students, as well as expands undergraduate students' intellectual development beyond the classroom
- How the candidate has influenced undergraduate students, colleagues, or departmental instruction
- How the candidate has integrated scholarship with teaching
Teaching excellence implies:
- Overall excellence in teaching.
- Sustained commitment to teaching.
- Effectiveness in helping students achieve meaningful goals.
Nominations are accepted October 1-31. For more information or to nominate a candidate, please contact Carol Lynch in the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.
Bellet Award Recipients
1999 Harold B. Rollins, Geology and Planetary Sciences
1999 Philip Watts, French and Italian Languages and Literatures
2000 Iain Campbell, Biological Sciences
2000 Barbara McCloskey, History of Art and Architecture
2000 Gordon Mitchell, Communication
2000 Chandralekha Singh, Physics and Astronomy
2001 George C. Bandik, Chemistry
2001 Paul Kameen, English
2001 John Ramirez, Computer Science
2001 Edward M. Stricker, Neuroscience
2001 John W. Gareis, Communication
2002 Keiko I. McDonald, East Asian Languages and Literatures
2002 Francesca L. Savoia, French and Italian Languages and Literatures
2002 Aaron Sheon, History of Art and Architecture
2003 James Seitz, English
2003 Peter Siska, Chemistry
2004 Geeta Kothari, English
2004 Ericka Huston, Chemistry
2004 Marla Ripoll, Economics
2004 Peter Simonson, Communication
2005 H. David Brumble, English
2005 Sharon McDermott, English
2006 Anthony Bledsoe, Biological Sciences
2006 Daniel Mossé, Computer Science
2007 Bryan Hanks, Anthropology
2007 Carl Bodenschatz, Statistics
2008 Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Theatre Arts
2008 Jeffrey Oaks, English
2009 Gretchen Bender, History of Art and Architecture
2009 Joseph Grabowski, Chemistry
2010 Paul Gartside, Mathematics
2010 Adam Leibovich, Physics and Astronomy
2011 Drew Armstrong, History of Art and Architecture
2011 Nancy Pfenning, Statistics
2012 Sunil Saxena, Chemistry
2012 Cynthia Skrzycki, English
2013 Annmarie Duggan, Theatre Arts
2013 Liann E. Tsoukas, History
Recent Awardee Videos
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