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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - March 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Teaching excellence celebrated with annual awards

Winners of Purdue University's 2021 teaching awards – Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, the Exceptional Early Career Award and the Excellence in Instruction Award for Lecturers – were surprised with the news last week.

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 2021 Murphy Award winners:

  • Shelley Claridge, associate professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science
  • Natasha Duncan, associate dean for international education and affairs and clinical associate professor, Honors College
  • Andrew Freed, professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, College of Science
  • Esteban Garcia Bravo, associate professor, Department of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
  • Karen Marais, professor and associate head for undergraduate education, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering

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

  • Megha Anwer, clinical assistant professor and director of diversity, inclusion and equity, Honors College.
  • Ann Loomis, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Greg Strimel, assistant professor, Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation, Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

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

  • Jennifer Hall, senior lecturer, Brian Lamb School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts
  • Lindsay Hamm, lecturer, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts.

View the surprise award videos and photos here.

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