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Faculty and Alumni Awards

The following awards honoring teaching, service and research are presented annually at Founders’ Day Convocation:

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center Award

This award is presented annually to two faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the mentoring of undergraduate students.

Current Recipients: Ken Berenhaut, Mathematics Professor; Laura Aull, Assistant Professor of English

Past Recipients: Steven Folmar, Ana S. Iltis, Gloria Kressen Muday, Nathan A. Plageman 


The Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award

This award was established in 1982 by the Wake Forest Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa to recognize an outstanding faculty member who bridges the gap between the classroom and student life.  The recipient must contribute beyond the expected duties of teaching and research.  In 1997, the award was endowed by the Kulynych Family Foundation and the name was changed to honor the Kulynych family.

For additional information about the Kulynych family and the establishment of the Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award, please visit the Kulynych informational page.

Current Recipient: Michele Gillespie, Dean of Wake Forest College and Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History

Past Recipients


The Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award

This award was established in 1985 to honor Chief Justice Joseph Branch (JD ’38, LLD ’83) upon his retirement from the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Recipients are chosen from the School of Law faculty on the basis of outstanding teaching and service to the legal profession.

Current Recipient: W. Jonathan Cardi, Professor of Law and Associate Dean

For additional information about Joseph Branch and the establishment of the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award, please visit the Joseph Branch informational page.

Past Recipients


The Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service

This award was established in 1988 by the Wake Forest Alumni Council to recognize extraordinary community service of a respected teacher/scholar from the College.  The award was named in memory of Donald Schoonmaker (’60), professor of politics.  Dr. Schoonmaker was posthumously awarded the faculty prize for community service in 1993.

For additional information about Dr. Schoonmaker and the establishment of the Schoonmaker Award, please visit the Schoonmaker informational page.

Current Recipient: David Levy, Professor of Music

Past Recipients


Award for Excellence in Research

The award recognizes a faculty member in the College in the early part of his or her career. The award was established in 1971 and renamed in 1986 in recognition of the generosity of the late Wilbur Doyle who endowed the prize to honor his philosophy professor, A.C. Reid.

Current Recipient: Jeffrey Katula, an associate professor of Health & Exercise Science 

Past Recipients


The Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching

This award is for a faculty member in the Wake Forest College who is still in the early part of his or her career.  The award was established in 1971 and renamed in 1986 in recognition of the generosity of the late Wilbur Doyle (’48), who endowed the prize to honor his philosophy professor, A.C. Reid.  The Reid-Doyle Prize is also supported by the Alumni Council and the Alumni Association.

For additional information about Dr. Reid and the establishment of the Reid-Doyle prize, please visit the Reid-Doyle informational page.

Current Recipient: Tina Boyer, Assistant Professor of German

Past Recipients


The Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching

This award recognizes an experienced member of the faculty, distinguished as a teacher in the broadest sense of the word, and recognized not only for performance in the classroom but also for exemplifying the ideals of a liberal arts education.  To be considered for the award, faculty members must have held the rank of associate or full professor, or its equivalent, for at least a year.

For additional information about Dr. Reinhardt and the establishment of the Reinhardt Award, please visit the Jon Reinhardt informational page.

Current Recipient: Linda Howe, Associate Professor of Romance Languages

Past Recipients