Five Yale Faculty Members Honored for Outstanding Teaching

Five faculty members named as outstanding teachers were honored with special awards at the Yale College Senior Class Day program on Sunday, May 20.

Five faculty members named as outstanding teachers were honored with special awards at the Yale College Senior Class Day program on Sunday, May 20.

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.

Christy Anderson, assistant professor of the history of art, was awarded two prizes at the ceremony: the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College. The latter 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.

Giuseppe Mazzotta, the Charles C. & Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of Italian Language and Literature, 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:

Dianne Jonas, assistant professor of linguistics - the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.

Michael Koelle, assistant professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry - the Dylan Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences.

Bassam Frangieh, senior lector of Near Eastern languages and civilizations - the Yale College Prize for Teaching Excellence by a Lecturer or Lector.

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