Six Yale Faculty Members Honored for Outstanding Teaching

Six faculty members named as outstanding teachers were honored with special awards at the Yale College Senior Class Day program on Sunday, May 21.

The teachers were nominated by undergraduates to receive the Yale College Prizes for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College. The awards were presented by Richard H. Brodhead, dean of Yale College.

Hilary Fink, assistant professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures was awarded the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College. The award was instituted by the family and friends of the late Sarai Ribicoff ‘79, and is awarded annually to a junior faculty member in the humanities whose instruction and character reflect the qualities of independence, innovation and originality that were exhibited in the life, thought and writings of Ms. Ribicoff.

John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History is the recipient of the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize for the teacher who “has given the most time, energy and effective effort” to educating undergraduates.

The other faculty members who received prizes for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the names of their respective awards are:

Leslie Brisman, professor of English – the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.

Eric Worby, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology – the Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.

James Aspnes, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science – The Dylan Hixon ‘88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences.

Liselotte Davis, senior lector in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures – The Yale College Prize for Teaching Excellence by a Lecturer or Lector.

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