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2019
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Carey Andrzejewski, Gerald and Emily Leishchuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Andrzejewski is known for her depth of teaching, particularly her innovative approaches to fostering classroom engagement. Her efforts to improve teaching and learning extend beyond the classroom to include an education project in rural schools that uses dance as an effective way to entice young students to learn in a different dimension.

Paul Cobine, Gerald and Emily Leishchuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Regarded for his steadfast commitment to undergraduate teaching and his ability to build connections with students in the classroom and laboratory. Cobine has mentored more than 120 undergraduate research students, supported more then 80 graduate students, and taught more then 2,200 undergraduate student in his more then ten years at Auburn.

Scott Kramer, Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach

Kramer’s outreach efforts include engagement in international design-build service-learning projects in Ecuador, Haiti, and Panama. These projects provided Auburn students with hands-on, immersive learning experiences while serving economically under-resourced communities

Hareesh Tippur, Creative Research and Scholarship Awards

Tippur’s research in the areas of mechanical engineering has brought him international recognition as an innovative researcher and world-class scholar. In addition to his research, Tippur is extremely active in graduate student education and involving graduate students throughout this research program.

Rusty Smith, Creative Research and Scholarship Award

Having spearheaded Auburn’s Rural Studio 20K housing initiative for more than 14 years, Smith helps lead students and colleagues in solving the challenges of creating high quality, energy-efficient, regionally appropriate, affordable housing materials and scalable processes. His work on housing affordability provides strong evidence of the link between design and dignity, particularly in the context of low-income housing.

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The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Gerald and Emily Leischuck, 1964 graduates and retired Auburn administrators, created the Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. This award recognizes two full-time, tenured faculty members who have demonstrated effective and innovative teaching methods, along with a continued commitment to student success through advising and mentoring.

Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach

The Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach honors the engagement of exemplary faculty members and demonstrates the tremendous impact Outreach has on our community, state, nation and beyond.

Creative Research and Scholarship Awards

The Creative Research and Scholarship Award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves through research, scholarly works and creative contributions. This award recognizes two categories: sciences, medical sciences, engineering and agriculture; and fine arts, liberal arts, architecture and design, business, and social and human sciences.

Research and Economic Development Advisory Board Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award

Created to recognize high-quality, competitive research and scholarly activity, the Advancement of Research and Scholarship Award recognizes exceptional efforts to advance Auburn's research and scholarship mission.

Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Established in 2012, this award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate research and outstanding services to students and whose efforts support Auburn students interested in careers in research and creative work.

Provost’s Office External Consulting Award

The Provost’s Office External Consulting Award encourages and recognizes outstanding faculty contributions to government, business, and industry through consulting. To be considered, the work must increase Auburn University’s national and international reputation and impact the public, private, or governmental sectors.

Departmental Award for Excellence in Education

Created in 2013, the Departmental Award for Excellence in Education recognizes the efforts of departmental faculty members for their commitment to improving education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the University Senate Teaching Effectiveness Committee administer this award on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award

Created in 2011, the award recognizes existing faculty collaborations among two or more departments, divisions, offices or programs within the university. To be considered, the work of the collaborative units must have advanced the excellence, impact and reputation of representing units and the university as a whole.

Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award

The Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding teaching of undergraduates from nominations made by department heads, deans, alumni and students. A committee of retired faculty members selects the recipients.

Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship

The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes a faculty member based on excellence in research. It is co-sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the Graduate School.

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