Faculty, staff honored for teaching, mentoring and more

Emory Report | May 15, 2019

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Dean Linda McCauley (left) presents the Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award to Kelly Wiltse Nicely, assistant professor of nursing, during the diploma ceremony for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Photo by Steve Elwood.

Emory University faculty and staff were recognized with multiple awards at the 2019 school diploma ceremonies.

The following awards were conferred:


Candler School of Theology

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Nichole R. Phillips, associate professor in the practice of sociology of religion and culture

Presented at Candler’s Honors Day Convocation:

Staff Person of the Year: Sarah Bogue, reference and instruction librarian at Pitts Theology Library 

Faculty Person of the Year: Kwok Pui Lan, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theology

On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award: Nichole R. Phillips, associate professor in the practice of sociology of religion and culture


Emory College of Arts and Sciences

George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring: Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards:

  • Cassandra Quave, assistant professor of dermatology and human health
  • Eri Saikawa, associate professor of environmental sciences
  • Dianne Marie Stewart, associate professor of religion and African American studies

Emory College Award for Academic Advising: Berry J. Brosi, Winship Distinguished Associate Professor of  Environmental Sciences


Emory University School of Law

The triennial Ben F. Johnson Award: Martha Grace Duncan, professor of law

Most Outstanding Professor Award: Fred Smith Jr., associate professor of law

Provost's Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Kamina Pinder, professor of practice


Emory University School of Medicine

Exemplary Teacher Award: Mary Jo Lechowicz, professor of hematology and medical oncology in the School of Medicine and the Margaret H. Rollins Chair in Cancer at the Winship Cancer Institute

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award For Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Lisa Bernstein, associate professor of medicine

Evangeline Papageorge Award: Maura George, associate professor of medicine


Goizueta Business School

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Reshma Shah, associate professor in the practice of marketing 

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Ramnath K. Chellappa, associate professor of information systems and operations management; associate dean and academic director of Master of Science in Business Analytics Program; Goizueta Term Chair

Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence (faculty): Charles (Chip) Frame, assistant professor in the practice of marketing

Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence (staff): Libby Livingston, senior director of graduate admissions


Laney Graduate School

Eleanor Main Graduate Faculty Mentor Award: David S. Pacini, professor of historical and philosophical theology, Candler School of Theology, and professor in the Graduate Division of Religion in Laney Graduate School

Eleanor Main Graduate Student Mentor Award: Jillian Lauer, Department of Psychology, Cognition & Development

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Education: Ellen Ott Marshall, associate professor of Christian ethics and conflict transformation


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Kelly Wiltse Nicely, assistant professor of nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Kylie M. Smith, assistant professor of nursing, Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities


Oxford College

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards: Effrosyni Seitaridou, associate professor of physics


Rollins School of Public Health

Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award: Juan Leon, associate professor of global health, joint appointments in environmental health and epidemiology

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Mitchel Klein, associate professor of environmental health; joint appointment in epidemiology

Student Government Association Professor of the Year Award: Juan Leon, associate professor of global health, joint appointments in environmental health and epidemiology

Student Government Association Staff Member of the Year: Larry Cardwell, senior custodian, Campus Services