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Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards

The Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center facilitates awards for faculty achievement.  We are happy to collaborate with faculty seeking to develop proposals or to conduct research linked to improving learning and teaching.

The University Awards for Faculty Teaching, Scholarship, and Service are sponsored by the Office of the Provost. The Faculty Awards Committee seeks tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have distinguished themselves in scholarship or service. New this year is the addition of any full-time faculty member, regardless of rank, to the eligibility for the University Award for Faculty Teaching.

The recipient of each Award receives $3,000, funded by the Office of the Provost. If co-recipients are selected, they will share equally in the award and the $3,000 will be divided between them. In addition, those selected receive University recognition and may be invited to make a public presentation at appropriate University ceremonies and forums, conduct a seminar, and so forth.

The nomination process is easy; send the name of the colleague you are recommending, and for which award, to Faculty Awards at, and the awards committee will contact nominees and encourage them to apply. Faculty do not need to be nominated by others to apply.

Information about the award nominations and applications is available on Porches by clicking the link to the right.


2022 Faculty Award Recipients

University Award for Faculty Scholarship

Amit Singh, Biology

Dr. Amit Singh has developed a highly competitive, internationally-acclaimed research program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) whose focus is to discern the molecular genetic basis of Alzheimer’s disease. He has raised more than $800,000 to fund his research, has served on the editorial boards of 16 reputed journals, and has published with collaborators approximately 60 papers in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals. He has mentored more than 50 undergraduate researchers in his lab, which is known as a stepping stone to entry into competitive graduate programs. His mentorship extends to the development of grant-writing skills for both undergraduate and graduate students and junior faculty colleagues, and he has been involved in the grant-review process for the Honors thesis program and served on the Stander Symposium organizing steering committee.

University Award for Faculty Scholarship Video

University Award for Faculty Teaching

Glenna Jennings, Art & Design

Professor Glenna Jennings has a passionate interest in activating social justice teaching through interdisciplinary research and community engagement and was nominated for her “tireless work in the community,” referencing extensive teaching connected to community-based experiential learning inside and outside the classroom. Her EL course and project design embraces a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to teaching, with examples including the annual student-produced art exhibition and food justice fundraiser Dinner in the Desert Kitchen (Art and Design, Hanley Sustainability Institute), the student-produced publication Desert Dispatch (Gem City Market, Expressions of Life, Welcome Dayton, Latinos Unidos), and the biennial, extra-curricular Moral Courage Project (Human Rights Center). Her teaching strives to provide social justice learning that connects art and photography with an array of disciplines.

Glenna's photo is credited to Shon Curtis

University Award for Faculty Teaching Video

University Award for Faculty Service

Andrea Seielstad, School of Law

Professor Andrea Seielstad has served three terms on the Academic Senate as senator, secretary, vice president, member of the executive committee, and chair of the faculty affairs committee. She has served on and or led many UD initiatives related to the revision of curriculum, financial models and revenue sources, promotion policies for clinical faculty and lecturers, and the changing of campus climate and culture.

She has contributed significant pro bono legal services to individuals and communities in the Miami Valley and to Native American individuals seeking enforcement of their civil rights. She has been invited by the students in the Black Law Students Association to serve as their faculty advisor and keynote speaker at an annual Joseph Cinque Awards Banquet and participates in pipeline admission programs and initiatives to strengthen relationships with Central State University.

University Award for Faculty Service Video