March 20, 2019

Howard, Harwood honored with University teaching awards

Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Ilana Stonebraker, Heather Howard, Jason Behenna, Erla Heyns, Donna Ferullo, Marcy Towns (From left) Chantal Levesque-Bristol, executive director of the Center for Instructional Excellence; Ilana Stonebraker, associate professor, Libraries; Heather Howard, Exceptional Early Career Award recipient; Jason Behenna, Howard's husband; Erla Heyns, associate professor, Libraries; Donna Ferullo, interim associate dean for academic affairs, Libraries; and Marcy Towns, professor of chemistry. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood) Download image

Heather Howard, assistant professor in Purdue University Libraries, has received the Exceptional Early Career Award, and Cynthia Harwood, continuing lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, has been recognized with the Excellence in Instruction Award for Continuing Lecturers. Howard and Harwood were surprised with the news on Tuesday (March 19).

Purdue will continue this spring to announce recipients of the Murphy Award, Exceptional Early Career Award, and Excellence in Instruction Award for Continuing Lecturers. Murphy Award winners already named are Jennifer Freeman, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences; Derek Pacheco, associate professor in the Department of English; and Yvonne Pitts, associate professor in the Department of History.

The University's highest undergraduate teaching honor, the Murphy Award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award and induction into Purdue's Teaching Academy, which provides leadership for the improvement of undergraduate, graduate and outreach teaching. Murphy was a history professor at Purdue from 1927 to 1970.

Jeanne Meyer, Marcy Towns, Franziska Lang, Paul Wenthold, Cindy Harwood, Purdue Pete, John Harwood, Marybeth Miller (From left) Jeanne Meyer, undergraduate preparations lab director; Marcy Towns, professor of chemistry; Franziska Lang, visiting assistant professor; Paul Wenthold, associate professor of chemistry; Cindy Harwood, recipient of the Excellence in Instruction Award for Continuing Lecturers; Purdue Pete; John Harwood, director of Purdue Interdepartmental NMR Facility; and Marybeth Miller, instructional specialist. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood) Download image

The Exceptional Early Career Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching among Purdue's early career, tenure-track faculty. Recipients of the award will receive a $5,000 award with additional funds for a department business account.

The Excellence in Instruction Award for Continuing Lecturers honors academic staff with the rank of continuing lecturer for outstanding undergraduate teaching on the West Lafayette campus. Recipients of the award will receive a $5,000 award.

The recipients of all three awards will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on April 8.

A list of past Murphy Award and Early Career Award recipients is here. A list of all winners of teaching awards is here.


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