Faculty Honored for Outstanding Teaching

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

These Penn Arts & Sciences faculty and graduate students were recognized for their outstanding teaching and commitment to students in 2023. 

Four faculty were honored with University-wide awards. E. James Petersson, Professor of Chemistry, and Evelyn Thomson, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching award conferred by the University. The Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring was given to Marisa Kozlowski, Professor of Chemistry, and Paul K. Saint-Amour, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English.


These faculty members and students were recognized with awards from Penn Arts & Sciences: 

Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching

Coren Apicella, Associate Professor of Psychology

Timothy Rommen, Davidson Kennedy Professor in the College and Professor of Music and Africana Studies


Dennis M. DeTurck Award for Innovation in Teaching

Tobias Baumgart, Professor of Chemistry 


Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty

Maria Alley, Language Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Russian and East European Studies

Anthony Cirri, Lecturer, Chemistry


Dean’s Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research

Rebecca Waller, Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor

Sarah Gronningsater, Assistant Professor of History


Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students

Connor Cassady, Mathematics

Lourdes Contreras, French and Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies

Cheryl Hagan, History and Sociology of Science

Jesse Hamilton, Philosophy

Oualid Merzouga, Mathematics

Clancy Murray, Political Science

Keith (KC) O’Hara, History

Peter Satterthwaite, Ancient History 

Cassandra Vu, Chemistry

Jacqueline Wallis, Philosophy


Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Megan Ruth Elliott, Lecturer, Biochemistry, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and Pre-Health Programs


Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Graduate Programs

Martin Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology