Each year, the University community honors its best teaching professors with the Morse-Alumni Award for Undergraduate Education and the Graduate-Professional Teaching Award. The Alumni Association is proud to financially support the awards and to host the annual awards ceremony.
2012-13 Morse-Alumni Recipients:
2012-13 Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award Recipients:
- Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, Associate Professor of History, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Minnesota Morris
- Chris J. Dovolis, Teaching Specialist, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
- Carrie P. Earthman, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Karen L. LaBat, Professor, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, College of Design
- Rachel S. McCoppin, Associate Professor of Literature and Humanities, Department of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Minnesota Crookston
- Susan Staats, Associate Professor, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development
- Susan M. Wick, Professor, Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences
- Jerry D. Cohen,
Gordon and Margaret Bailey Professor, Department of Horticultural
Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Ronald Hadsall, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, College of Pharmacy
- Karen Ho, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
- Kevin P. Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of History, and Chair, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
- Michael T. Osterholm,
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, and Director of the Center
for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, School of Public Health,
Adjunct Professor, Medical School
- Keshab K. Parhi, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
- Lisa A. Schimmenti,
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Ophthalmology and
Visual Neuroscience, and Genetics, Cell Biology and Development,
Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Developmental Biology Center,
- Robert J.Washabau, Professor of Medicine and Department Chair, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
About the Awards
Each April, all members of the University community are invited to a special ceremony and reception to honor the recipients of the Morse-Alumni Award for Undergraduate Education and the University's Graduate-Professional Teaching Award. This occasion recognizes the significance of excellent teaching by inducting the faculty members into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Academy members provide important leadership to the University community, serving as mentors, advisers, and spokespersons for the University's mission.
The Morse-Alumni Award
Since 1965, the University has recognized exceptional undergraduate faculty for their contributions to student learning through classroom teaching, research, and creative activities; advising; academic program development; and educational leadership. The award is named for the late Horace T. Morse, who served as the first dean of the University’s General College from 1946–66 and who was a national leader in the ﬁeld of undergraduate education.
The Award for Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education
In 1996, the University’s Senate Committee on Educational Policy realized that many exceptional faculty members were ineligible for the Morse-Alumni Award because their contributions to the University’s educational mission came primarily as teachers and mentors of graduate and professional students. Together with the Ofﬁce of the Executive Vice President and Provost, they established a new award that would parallel the Morse-Alumni award in recognizing such contributions. Given for the ﬁrst time in 1999, this award recognizes faculty members for excellence in instruction; instructional program development; intellectual distinction; advising and mentoring; and involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development.
Candidates for both awards are nominated through their colleges on all five campuses. Students, departments or other administrative units, student organizations or associations, or individual faculty members can initiate nominations. Candidate review committees made up of the student and faculty members of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, previous award recipients, and a University of Minnesota Alumni Association representative choose recipients. The awards are administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and funded by the Alumni Association and the University
The Distinguished Teaching Awards are sponsored by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
See all past recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards here.
For more information on the Academy of Distinguished Teachers: http://www.adt.umn.edu/
For more information about the Morse Alumni and Graduate Professional Awards: http://www.scholarswalk.umn.edu/awards/aoce/