Auburn University announces 2020 Faculty Award winners

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Auburn University will recognize a group of outstanding faculty members and their contributions to the institution’s instruction, research and outreach mission at the university’s annual Faculty Awards on Nov. 18.

“Auburn faculty bring an exceptional level of dedication and innovation to their roles each day, resulting in a positive impact on our students and the continued advancement of our mission,” said Provost Bill Hardgrave. “I look forward to recognizing these remarkable individuals who have excelled in their teaching, research and outreach despite the extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic.”

The awards are typically presented each fall during the Faculty Awards Ceremony. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety concerns, the annual event will include a limited ceremony for recipients next month.

Below is the full list of faculty and staff award winners from the 2019-2020 academic year:


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. 

  • James Birdsong, lecturer and program coordinator, Department of Aviation, College of Liberal Arts 
  • Kerry Inger, associate professor, School of Accountancy, Harbert College of Business 
  • Jennifer W. Stone, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Sciences and Mathematics 


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.

  • Jeffrey Suhling, Quina Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering 


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.

  • Creed to Succeed Initiative, Office of Academic Assessment, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Institutional Research, Office of the Registrar, Office of Information Technology, Provost Communications and Marketing and University Career Center 


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.

  • Department of Art and Art History, College of Liberal Arts


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.

  • Angela Calderón, associate professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy 


Creative Research and Scholarship Award
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.

Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture category 

  • Bruce Gladden, Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor, School of Kinesiology, College of Education  

Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Architecture and Design, Business, Social and Human Sciences category

  • Kenneth W. Noe, Draughon Professor of Southern History, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts 


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. 

  • Steven Brown, professor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts 


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. 

  • Kerry Inger, associate professor, School of Accountancy, Harbert College of Business 
  • Christopher Lepczyk, professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 


More information about the awards, including a list of previous winners, is available on the Faculty Awards website

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.