March 20, 2019
Pacheco, Pitts receive Murphy Award
Derek Pacheco, associate professor in the Department of English, and Yvonne Pitts, associate professor in the Department of History, have been named recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy. Pacheco and Pitts 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. Jennifer Freeman, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences, received the Murphy Award on Monday (March 18). On Tuesday (March 19), Heather Howard, assistant professor in Purdue University Libraries, received the Exceptional Early Career Award, and Cynthia Harwood, continuing lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, was recognized with the Excellence in Instruction Award for Continuing Lecturers.
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.
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 at https://www.purdue.edu/provost/faculty/charlesAward.html. A list of all winners of teaching awards is at www.purdue.edu/cie/teachingawards.