Faculty and staff honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and more

Emory Report | May 12, 2020

Emory University faculty and staff were recognized with multiple awards in conjunction with the 2020 school ceremonies and the conclusion of the academic year. The following awards were conferred across the university’s nine schools:


Candler School of Theology

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Helen Jin Kim, assistant professor of American religious history

Staff Person of the Year: Sarah Bogue, director of digital learning, and Shelly Hart, director of academic administration and registrar

Faculty Person of the Year: Khalia Williams, assistant dean of worship and music, assistant professor in the practice of worship 

On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award: Helen Jin Kim, assistant professor of American religious history


Emory College of Arts and Sciences

George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring: Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, professor of religion

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards:

  • Astrid M. Eckert, associate professor of history
  • Nicole Gerardo, professor of biology
  • Hank Klibanoff, professor of practice

Emory College Award for Academic Advising: Michelle Gordon, senior lecturer in African American studies


Emory University School of Law

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Robert Parrish, associate professor of practice

Most Outstanding Professor Award: Richard D. Freer, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law


Emory University School of Medicine

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award For Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Cecelia Bellcross, associate professor of human genetics

Evangeline Papageorge Award: Joanna Bonsall, associate professor of medicine


Goizueta Business School

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Usha Rackliffe, associate professor in the practice of accounting

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Vilma Todri, assistant professor of information systems and operations management 

Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence (faculty): Ram Chellappa, associate dean and academic director of master of science in business analytics; Goizueta Foundation term professor of information systems and operations management

Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence (staff): Brian Goebel, managing director of social enterprise


Laney Graduate School

Eleanor Main Graduate Student Mentor Awards: Erica Harris and Michael Vaughn

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Education: Michael Kramer, associate professor, Rollins School of Public Health and graduate faculty of epidemiology


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Dian Dowling Evans, clinical professor, emergency specialty coordinator

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Brittany Butts, assistant professor of nursing


Oxford College

Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Fang Chen, associate professor of mathematics


Rollins School of Public Health

James W. Alley Award: Grace Lenore Morrow 

Eugene J. Gangarosa Award: Hasna Raisa Zainul

Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award: Janet R. Cummings, associate professor of health policy and management

Emory Woman’s Club Scholarship: Ugochi Precious Chinemere   

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Monique Hennink, associate professor of global health; associated faculty of sociology 

Student Government Association Professor of the Year Award: Jodie Guest, research professor and vice chair of epidemiology  

Student Government Association Staff Member of the Year: Pam Andrews, Rollins Café/Starbucks

Advisor/Mentor of the Year Award: Joanne Amposta Williams, assistant director for student engagement

Department Distinguished Teaching Awards:

  • Robin E. McGee, research assistant professor of behavioral, social and health education sciences (MPH program)
  • Michelle C. Kegler, professor of behavioral, social and health education sciences (PhD program)
  • John J. Hanfelt, professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Jodie Guest, research professor and vice chair of epidemiology 
  • Michael Caudle, research associate professor of Executive MPH Program
  • Frederic E. Shaw, adjunct professor of health policy and management 
  • Sophia A. Hussen, assistant professor of global health