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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: 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: Christian Miller, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Zachary T. Smith Faculty Fellow.

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: Tanya D. Marsh, Associate Professor, School of Law

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: Ulrike Wiethaus, Professor, Department of Religion and Program in American Ethnic Studies.

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: Timo Thonhauser Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

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: Jennifer B. Erway, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

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: Simone M. Caron, Associate Professor, Department of History

Past Recipients