Annual Faculty Awards celebrate faculty excellence
Auburn held its 18th annual Faculty Awards on Thursday, Nov. 17, honoring exceptional teaching, research and outreach achievements. The ceremony brought more than 200 faculty members, administrators and guests to the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as this year’s honorees received their accolades.
Presented annually, the awards demonstrate Auburn’s success in advancing its mission and showcase faculty excellence across numerous innovations and collaborations. This year’s event celebrated more than 20 faculty members’ contributions, including top awards for research, scholarship, outreach and teaching.
“Those of you being recognized tonight represent the best of Auburn through your investments in our students, your mentorship, and your ability to advance scholarship and creative endeavors while serving as examples of outreach and service,” said President Christopher B. Roberts. “Because of you, Auburn has continued to outshine our peers in rankings that demonstrate we are the institution of choice for students and an aspirant campus for prospective faculty.”
Visit the Faculty Awards website to learn more about this year’s winners.
Sarah Blaine, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts was one of three faculty members honored with the 2022 Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, presented by Gretchen VanValkenburg, Vice President of Engagement for Auburn Advancement.
Ford Dyke, associate clinical professor in the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education was one of three faculty members honored with the 2022 Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, presented by Gretchen VanValkenburg, Vice President of Engagement for Auburn Advancement.
Jessica Starkey, associate professor in the Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture was one of three faculty members honored with the 2022 Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, presented by Gretchen VanValkenburg, Vice President of Engagement for Auburn Advancement.
Nancy Barry, professor and program coordinator of Music Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education accepts the 2022 Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award from Gretchen VanValkenburg, Vice President of Engagement for Auburn Advancement.
Recipients of the 2022 President’s Collaborative Units Award, from left to right, President Christopher B. Roberts; Dean Calvin Johnson, College of Veterinary Medicine; Dean Paul Patterson, College of Agriculture; Head Coach Greg Williams, AU Equestrian Team; Anne Wooldridge, professor and head, College of Veterinary Medicine; Lindsey Boone, associate professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Alfredo Sanchez, associate clinical professor, College of Veterinary Medicine; and Claudia Reyner, clinical lecturer, College of Veterinary Medicine. The collaboration between the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine and the AU Equestrian Team was honored for its impact on students and efforts to advance the reputation of the university.
Faculty members from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics receive the 2022 Departmental Award for Excellence in Education.
Robert Jackson, the Albert Smith Jr. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, receives the 2022 Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring from Interim Provost Vini Nathan.
Jin Wang, Woltosz Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, accepts the 2022 Creative Research and Scholarship Award from Interim Provost Vini Nathan. The awards are the university’s highest honors for research and scholarship.
Brian Connelly, professor and Luck Eminent Scholar in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Harbert College of Business accepts the 2022 Creative Research and Scholarship Award from Interim Provost Vini Nathan. The awards are the university’s highest honors for research and scholarship.
Linda Gibson-Young, the East Alabama Medical Center and Dr. Bill Lazenby Endowed Professor in the College of Nursing, receives the 2022 Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach from Royrickers Cook, Vice President for University Outreach. The award is the university’s highest honor for faculty outreach.
Alan Wilson, professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture, receives the 2022 Leischuck Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the university’s highest accolade for teaching.
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.