Joe Monaco
KU Office of Public Affairs

Nine faculty recognized as winners of distinguished teaching awards

Tue, 08/16/2022

LAWRENCE — Nine faculty members at the University of Kansas are being recognized as winners of annual distinguished teaching awards.

The award recipients will be honored Aug. 18 at the KU Teaching Summit.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, associate professor in the Department of Economics, will receive the Byron T. Shutz Award. Established in 1978, the award alternates between recognizing excellent teaching in business and economics in even-numbered years and outstanding teaching in any discipline in odd-numbered years.

Paulyn Cartwright, professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, will receive the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award. This award, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding teaching.

Three individuals are recipients of this year’s Bob & Kathie Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes nontenure track faculty. The three winners are Victor Gonzalez Betancourt, assistant teaching professor in the Undergraduate Biology Program; Stephen Johnson, senior lecturer in English; and Tamara Coder Mikinski, multi-term lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Four faculty members at KU Medical Center will receive the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, selected by a committee of Medical Center faculty and students. The recipients of these awards are Dr. Lore Nelson, clinical associate professor of pediatrics; Dr. Vanessa Williams, assistant professor of radiology; Lisa Trujillo, clinical associate professor of respiratory care; and Dr. Laurel Witt, associate professor of family medicine & community health.

The KU Teaching Summit takes place each August and is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Provost and KU Medical Center. The conference is designed for faculty and instructional staff from the Lawrence, Edwards and Medical Center campuses. Those interested in registering to attend may do so online.

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