The following awards honoring teaching, service and research are presented annually at Founders’ Day Convocation:
Excellence in Advising Award
The Excellence in Advising award was established in 1988 to recognize outstanding advising in Wake Forest College, especially at the undergraduate lower division level.Supported by the Office of the Dean of the College, the award is both honorary and monetary.Nominations are solicited from all College faculty, staff and students with the award limited to faculty and staff advising in the College.
Current Recipients: Alyssa Howards, Department of German and Russian; Eric C. Jones, Department of Anthropology
This award is presented annually to two faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the mentoring of undergraduate students.
Health and exercise science professor Patricia Nixon and music professor Stewart Carter.
Current Recipients: Patricia Nixon, Professor of Health and Exercise Science; Stewart Carter, Professor of Music
Past Recipients: Ken Berenhaut, Laura Aull, Steven Folmar, Ana S. Iltis, Gloria Kressen Muday, Nathan A. Plageman
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: Oana Jurschescu, Professor of Physics
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: Shannon Gilreath , Professor 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.
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: Christina Soriano, Professor of Dance
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: Amanda Jones, Professor of Chemistry
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: Michael Sloan, Professor of Classical Languages
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: Gloria Muday, Professor of Biology