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Schools recognize excellence in teaching with faculty awards

Emory Report | May 15, 2012

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Patrick Allitt, one of several lauded faculty members, being presented with the Emory Williams Teaching award. Emory Photo/Video.

The Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching is the University's most prestigious teaching award, established in 1972 by alumnus Emory Williams to honor faculty for fostering participation, inquiry and creative expression in the classroom; proving a model for teaching and scholarship; and serving as a mentor to students.

Presented with Emory Williams Teaching awards at their school diploma ceremonies were:


Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family professor of American History, Emory College

Roy T. Black, professor in the practice of finance, Goizueta Business School

William B. Cody, professor of political science, Oxford College

A. James Elliott, associate dean and co-director of the Professionalism Program, School of Law

Skip Garibaldi, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, Emory College

Rex D. Matthews, associate professor in the practice of historical theology, Candler School of Theology

Kyle W. Petersen, professor of cell biology, School of Medicine

Louise Pratt, professor of classics, Emory College

Carolyn Miller Reilly, assistant professor of nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Roger Rochat, research professor of global health, Rollins School of Public Health


The following 2012 faculty teaching awards were presented at school diploma ceremonies:


Candler School of Theology

• Faculty Person of the Year: P. Alice Rogers, associate professor in the practice of congregational leadership

• On Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award: Brent Strawn, associate professor of Old Testament


Emory College

• Distinguished Advising Award: Michael Evenden, associate professor of theater studies


Goizueta Business School

• The Marc F. Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching: Ray Hill, senior lecturer

• Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence for faculty: Tom Smith, assistant professor in the practice of finance; Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence for staff: Debbie Ashtiani, registrar

• BBA Distinguished Educator Award: Chris Rider, assistant professor of organization and management

• MBA Teaching Excellence Award – Classic Faculty: Brad Killaly,  assistant professor in the practice of organization and management

• MBA Teaching Excellence Award – Junior Faculty: Brandon Mikel Smith, adjunct faculty in the practice of management communication

• Evening MBA Distinguished Core Educator Award: Kristy Towry, associate professor of accounting

• Evening MBA Distinguished Elective Educator Award: Patrick Noonan,  associate professor in the practice of decision and information analysis

• MEMBA Distinguished Educator Award: Shehzad Mian,  associate professor of finance

• WEMBA Distinguished Educator Award: Shehzad Mian,  associate professor of finance


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

• Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Award: Tami Thomas, assistant professor

Related: School of Nursing graduation 2012 videos and photos


Rollins School of Public Health

• Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award: Paige Tolbert, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health

• Student Government Professor of the Year Award: 
Patrick Kilgo, senior associate, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics


School of Law

• Most Outstanding Professor: John Witte Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law


School of Medicine

• Evangeline Papageorge Teaching Award: Kim Manning, assistant professor of medicine