Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

The Charles B. Murphy Award, Purdue's highest undergraduate teaching honor, recognizes up to five recipients (nominated through individual colleges) each year as models in excellent undergraduate education. Faculty with the rank of associate or full professor (including associate and full clinical professor ranks) are eligible.

The Murphy Award is granted annually in the spring semester. Each College receives the criteria and call for nominations every fall and each College is responsible for advancing nominees. Faculty interested in applying for the award should contact their department head and/or College award committee.

Nomination Procedures

Please use the doucment linked below to review the procedures for Murphy Award nominations.

View Nomination Procedures (.doc)

Full List of Previous Murphy Award Recipients


  • Laura Bowling, Professor, Agronomy and Natural Resources
  • Bryan Hubbard, Professor, Construction Management Technology
  • Maria Santagata, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
  • Greg Strimel, Associate Professor, Technology, Leadership, and Innovation
  • Michael Witt, Associate Professor, Libraries


  • William A. Crossley, Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
  • Jennifer E. Dobbs-Oates, Clinical Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Elizabeth L. Karcher, Associate Professor, Animal Sciences
  • Milind Kulkarni, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Melinda S. Zook, Professor, History


  • Shelley A. Claridge, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Natasha T. Duncan, Clinical Associate Professor, Honors College
  • Andrew M. Freed, Professor, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
  • Esteban Garcia, Associate Professor, Computer Graphics Technology
  • Karen Marais, Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Award Recipients From 2015-2020


  • Elizabeth Flaherty, Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • Jill Newton, Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Jeffrey Rhoads, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Elizabeth Richards, Nursing.
  • Susan Swithers, Psychological Sciences


  • Jennifer Freeman, Health Sciences
  • Pamela Karagory, Nursing
  • Dawn Laux, Computer & Information Technology
  • Derek Pacheco, English
  • Yvonne Pitts, History


  • Henry Chang, Biological Sciences
  • Mark French, Engineering Technology
  • Mark Lipton, Chemistry
  • Haley Oliver, Food Science
  • John Sundquist, Languages and Cultures


  • Dorsey Armstrong, English
  • Erica Carlson, Physics and Astronomy
  • Signe Kastberg, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Melanie Morgan, Communication
  • Carl Wassgren, Mechanical Engineering


  • James Jenkins, Building Construction Management
  • Eric Nauman, Mechanical Engineering
  • Larry Nies, Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
  • Keith Shimko, Political Science
  • Rod Williams, Forestry and Natural Resources
Award Recipients Prior to 2015


  • Carol Cunningham-Sigman, Dance
  • Larry DeBoer, Agricultural Economics
  • Karen Foli, Nursing
  • Mathew Ohland, Engineering Education
  • Kimberly Plake, Pharmacy


  • Cynthia Bozich Keith, Nursing
  • David Eichinger, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Kathleen Howell, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Suzanne Nielsen, Food Science
  • Jason Weiss, Civil Engineering


  • Eric Barker, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
  • Peter Hollenbeck, Biological Sciences
  • George Hollich, Psychological Sciences
  • Fred Mannering, Civil Engineering
  • Marcy Towns, Chemistry
  • Mariko Wei, Japanese and Linguistics


  • Dor Ben-Amotz, Chemistry
  • Brad Benhart, Building Construction
  • Teresa Taber Doughty, Educational Studies
  • Nancy Gabin, History
  • Michael Melloch, Electrical and Coomputer Engineering
  • David Rollock, Psychological Studies


  • John Dunning, Jr., Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Joel Ebarb, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Cliff Fisher, Management
  • Jeffrey Karpicke, Psychological Sciences
  • John Lumkes, Agricultural and Biological Sciences


  • Josh Boyd, Communication
  • Jean Chmielewski, Chemistry
  • Keith Dickson, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Dimitrios Peroulis, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Paul Siciliano, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture


  • Pamela Aaltonen, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Frank Dooley, Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Sarah Templin, Clinical Instructor of Educational Studies
  • Ralph Webb, Professor of Communication 


  • Ximena B. Arriaga, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences
  • Robert (Pete) L. Bill, Professor of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Becky A. Brown, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Patricia G. Coyle-Rogers, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Linda L. Naimi, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision
  • Christine A. Wilson, Associate Professor of Agriculture Economics


  • Patricia Hart, Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Christine A. Hrycyna, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Robert E. May, Professor of History
  • Timothy J. Newby, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Richard K. Thomas, Professor of Theatre
  • Karen S. Yehle, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing


  • Steven R. Bell, Professor of Mathematics
  • Kirby D. Hayes, Assistant Professor of Food Science
  • Mary B. Nakhleh, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bernard Y. Tao, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Kim Wilson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture


  • Janet M. Alsup, Assistant Professor of English
  • Eckhard A. Groll, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Stanley L. Hem, Professor of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy
  • Christian Y. Oseto, Professor of Entomology
  • Donald A. Petrin, Associate Professor of Aviation Technology
  • Richard S. Rand, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts


  • Douglas Adams, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kristina Bross, English
  • Janice Kelly, Psychological Sciences
  • Stephen Konieczny, Biological Sciences
  • Dale Oderman, Aviation Technology
  • Susan Watts, Management


  • Karl G. Brandt, Biochemistry
  • W. Nicholas Delgass, Chemical Engineering
  • Nicholas Giordano, Physics
  • John T. Kirby, Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Denver Lopp, Aviation Technology


  • Emily L. Allen, English
  • Rosalee A. Clawson, Political Science
  • R. Neal Houze, Chemical Engineering
  • James L. Mohler, Computer Graphics Technology
  • William C. Oakes, Freshman Engineering
  • Mark A. Russell, Animal Sciences


  • William R. Chaney, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • James S. Nairne, Psychological Sciences
  • Joann J. Otto, Biological Sciences
  • Eugene H. Spafford, Computer Sciences
  • C. Douglas Sutton, Civil Engineering


  • J. Asai, Biology
  • John G. Graveel, Agronomy
  • Jonathan M. Harbor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Joseph M. La Lopa, Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management
  • Robert W. Sovinski, Landscape Architecture


  • Sandra K. Abell, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Johnny E. Brown, Mathematics
  • James D. Jones, Mechanical Engineering
  • G. Marc Loudon, Medicinal Chemistry
  • William J. Palmer, English


  • Elizabeth Grauerholz, Sociology
  • Robert Paul Lamb, English
  • Michael A. Morrison, History
  • Jason D. Papastavrou, Industrial Engineering
  • Ian P. Shipsey, Physics


  • Ann H. Hunt, Nursing
  • Issam Mudawar, Mechanical Engineering
  • Nicholas Kregotis Rauh, History
  • Mary A. Sadowski, Technical Graphics
  • Matthew P. Stephens, Industrial Technology


  • Jay T. Akridge, Agricultural Economics
  • Carl G. Braunlich, Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management
  • H.E. (Buster) Dunsmore, Computer Sciences
  • James E. Goldman, Computer Technology
  • Robert E. Zink, Mathematics


  • Keith J. Bowman, Material Engineering
  • Steven P. Erickson, Agricultural Economics
  • Robert J. Joly, Horticulture
  • Gary W. Krutz, Agricultural Engineering
  • Stanley M. Shaw, Nuclear Pharmacy


  • Anna Whitehouse Berkovitz, Biological Science
  • Franklyn M. Clikeman, Nuclear Engineering
  • MerleD. Cunningham, Animal Sciences
  • Charles M. Krousgrill, Jr., Mechanical Engineering
  • Neil J. Zimmerman, Health Sciences


  • Dan D. Budny, Freshmen Engineering
  • Robert J. Herrick, Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Glenn R. Hueckel, Economics
  • Bruce I. Lazarus, Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management
  • Cynthia Stohl, Communication


  • Richard H. Barnett, Electrical Engineering Technology
  • John W. Hatcher, Management
  • Dennis J. Minchella, Biological Sciences
  • Charles J. Stewart, Communication
  • F. Thomas Turpin, Entymology


  • Arnold C. Cooper, Management
  • Ed Dubinsky, Mathematics and Education
  • Mark P. Gibney, Political Science
  • Randy W. Roberts, History
  • Joseph W. Vanable, Jr., Biological Science


  • Martha O. Chiscon, Biological Sciences
  • Gerald H. Krockover, Education and Geology
  • Clifford P. Kubiak, Chemistry
  • Alastair M. Morrison, Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management
  • James J. Vorst, Agronomy


  • James W. Barany, Industrial Engineering
  • Ronald P. Lemenager, Animal Sciences
  • Van E. Neie, Education and Physics
  • A. Charlene Sullivan, Management
  • G. Thomas Wilson, Pharmacy Practice


  • Clayton D. Lein, English
  • Donald J. Molnar, Horticulture
  • David A. Santogrossi, Psychological Sciences


  • Lee E. Schweitzer, Agronomy
  • Michael Forman, Biological Sciences
  • E. Marsella Smith, Nursing


  • Sidney L. Pellissier, French
  • Nicholas G. Popovich, Pharmacy Practice
  • Connie M. Weaver, Foods and Nutrition


  • Fred E. Lytle, Chemistry
  • David G. Meyer, Electrical Engineering
  • George E. Van Scoyoc, Agronomy


  • LaNelle E. Geddes, Nursing
  • Christiane E. Keck, German
  • Christine M. Ladisch, Consumer Sciences and Retailing


  • Edward J. Hinsman, Veterinary Anatomy
  • James M. Jacob, Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Gordon R. Mork, History


  • Gregory D. Barnes, Supervision
  • J. Alfred Chiscon, Biological Sciences
  • Hobart W. Jones, Animal Sciences


  • Larry E. Axel, Philosophy
  • George M. Bodner, Chemistry
  • Robert G. Squires, Chemical Engineering


  • Robert W. Taylor, Agricultural Economics
  • Jon C. Teaford, History
  • Olivia Bennett Wood, Foods and Nutrition


  • W. David Downey, Agricultural Economics
  • Harold H. Jaus, Education
  • John E. Stump, Veterinary Anatomy


  • Lawrence P. Bohl, Agricultural Economics
  • Orville D. Lascoe, Industrial Engineering
  • Benjamin R. Lawton, Italian
  • John E. Lovell, Administrative Sciences


  • James L. Ahlrichs, Agronomy
  • William H. Hayt, Jr., Electrical Engineering
  • David S. Moore, Statistics


  • Herbert J. Eagle, Russian
  • William R. Fuller, Mathematics
  • Edwin H. Page, Large Animal Clinics


  • Earl R. Harlan, Communication
  • Karen S. Jamesen, Foods and Nutrition
  • Emanuel T. Weiler, Management and Economics


  • George R. Spratto, Pharmacology
  • Dennis J. Weidenaar, Economic Education
  • Joseph Wolinsky, Chemistry


  • Mary Alice Nebold, Clothing and Textiles
  • Felix N. Stefanile, English
  • Vivian A. Johnson, Physics


  • Robert A. Benkeser, Chemistry
  • Alfred De Vito, Education
  • Phillip Scalletta, Business Law


  • Dwight G. Bennett, Jr., Veterinary Parasitology
  • Gerald T. Heydt, Electrical Engineering
  • Harold H. Watts, English


  • Derek A. Davenport, Chemistry
  • Felix V. Gagliano, Political Science
  • Samuel N. Postlethwait, Biology


  • Kenneth T. Kofmehl, Political Science
  • Robert H. Lee, Civil Engineering
  • Don Paarlberg, Agricultural Economics
  • Calvin O. Schrag, Philosophy
  • Isador Walerstein, Physics


  • Robert K. Chalmers, Pharmacology
  • Arvin R. Hilst, Agronomy
  • Robert L. Livingston, Chemistry
  • Thomas R. Nunn, English - North Central
  • Charles W. Rezek, Mechanical Engineering
  • Herman W. Stoelk, Mechanical Engineering Technology - IUPUI


  • Eric L. Clitheroe, Philosophy
  • Robert W. Fox, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mary E. Fuqua, Foods and Nutrition
  • William H. Gass, Philosophy
  • Severino L. Koh, Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Engineering Science
  • Richard L. Kohls, Agricultural Economics

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