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

Emory Report | May 18, 2021

Emory University faculty and staff were recognized with multiple awards in conjunction with the 2021 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: Elizabeth M. Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics
  • Staff Person of the Year: Ashly Cargle-Thompson, associate director of financial aid and admissions
  • Faculty Person of the Year: Sarah Bogue, assistant professor in the practice of the history of Christianity and director of digital learning
  • On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award: Noel Erskine, professor of theology and ethics
  • The Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award: Jennifer Ayres, associate professor of religious education and director of Candler’s Doctor of Ministry program
  • The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher Award: Jennifer Ayres, associate professor of religious education and director of Candler’s Doctor of Ministry program

Emory College of Arts and Sciences

  • George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring: Vanessa Siddle Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American and Education Studies
  • Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
    • Jessica M. Barber, senior lecturer in psychology
    • Christina E. Crawford, assistant professor of modern and contemporary architecture
    • Tracy Yandle, associate professor of environmental sciences
  • Emory College Award for Academic Advising: Ana Catarina Teixeira, senior lecturer in Portuguese

Emory University School of Law

  • Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Paul Koster, associate professor of practice
  • Most Outstanding Professor Award: Dorothy A. Brown, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law
  • Adjunct Teaching Award: Michael Athans, adjunct professor

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Thomas Jefferson Award: Ruth Murphey Parker, professor of medicine, pediatrics and epidemiology
  • Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award For Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Jaffar Khan, associate professor of neurology
  • Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award: Jada Bussey-Jones, professor of medicine
  • Evangeline Papageorge Award: Richard Pittman, associate professor of medicine

Goizueta Business School

  • Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Omar Rodríguez-Vilá, associate professor in the practice of marketing
  • Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Allison Kays, assistant professor in the practice of accounting
  • Department Distinguished Teaching Awards:
    • Daniel McCarthy, Evening MBA Distinguished Elective Educator
    • Usha Rackliffe,  BBA Distinguished Educator 
    • JB Kurish, MBA Capstone Lecturer
    • Ray Hill, MBA Teaching Excellence (Classic Faculty)
    • Renee Dye, MBA Teaching Excellence (Junior Faculty)
    • George Easton and Rajiv Garg, MSBA Distinguished Core Educators 
    • Alvin Lim and David Sackin, MSBA Distinguished Elective Educators
    • Shehzad Mian, Modular Executive MBA Distinguished Educator
    • Kevin Crowley, Weekend Executive MBA Distinguished Educator (Electives)

Laney Graduate School

  • Eleanor Main Graduate Student Mentor Award (faculty): David Jacho-Chavez
  • Eleanor Main Graduate Student Mentor Award (student): Alisina Bazrafshan
  • Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Education: Benjamin Reiss, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of English

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

  • Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Phyllis Wright, assistant clinical professor of nursing
  • Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Rowena Elliott, associate clinical professor of nursing

Oxford College

  • Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award: Stacy Bell McQuaide, professor of pedagogy in English

Rollins School of Public Health

  • Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award: M. Venkat Narayan, professor of global health
  • Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education: Briana Woods-Jaeger, assistant professor of behavioral, social and health education sciences
  • Charles R. Hatcher Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Public Health: Carlos del Rio, professor of medicine, global health and epidemiology
  • Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award: Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist, research assistant professor of epidemiology
  • Student Government Association Staff Member of the Year: Joanne Williams, associate director of student engagement
  • Department Distinguished Teaching Awards:
    • Mike Caudle, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health
    • Melvin Livingston, Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences
    • Lauren McCullough, Department of Epidemiology
    • Robin McGee, Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences
    • Joanne McGriff, Hubert Department of Global Health
    • Benjamin Risk, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
    • Dan Rutz, Executive MPH Program
    • Richard Saltman, Department of Health Policy and Management