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Faculty Teaching Awards

2014 Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Roland Hoksbergen (Economics), Neil Carlson (Center for Social Research), Joel Navarro (Music), Deanna van Dijk (Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies)! Each has been chosen to receive one of the faculty teaching awards. Hoksbergen is the 2014 recipient of the Award for Advising and Mentoring, Carlson has garnered the Award for Student-Faculty Research, and Navarro won the From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition, this year the Innovative Teaching Award was given to van Dijk. Read more about each award below.

Congratulations also to Julie Walton (Kinesiology), the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. Read more about Professor Walton's "Mastering the Art of Practice."

Faculty responsibilities are multi-faceted. The following targeted-teaching awards have been established to allow the college to recognize the variety of contributions that faculty make to the Calvin College learning community.

Click on the any of the following headings below to view detailed information about the awards, such as: the purpose of the award, eligibility, past recipients, or nomination criteria.

For a quick summary of all the awards, please read Faculty Teaching Awards at a Glance

Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching

The Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching is testimony to the fact that the heart of a Christian liberal arts college is the teaching by its faculty, who embody the goals of forming the Christian mind and shaping students’ lives. 

FEN Award for Excellence in Teaching

The annual From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes innovative and effective efforts Calvin College faculty to promote a multicultural, anti-racist curriculum.  It rewards the development and utilization of creative, original, effective teaching and materials that reflect any of the themes of FEN.

Innovative Teaching Award

The Innovative Teaching Award recognizes and encourages faculty members who have contributed significant, creative teaching innovations and strategies that promote effective and deeper learning.

Advising and Mentoring Award

The Advising and Mentoring Award recognizes and affirms the significant role of faculty advising and mentoring in forming the minds and shaping the lives of students. 

Student-Faculty Research Award

The Student-Faculty Research Award recognizes a Calvin faculty member with an outstanding record of working with student collaborators in his or her professional research and scholarship.

Community-Based Teaching Award

The Award for Community-Based Teaching recognizes faculty members who have pursued significant academic community engagement that promotes effective learning in partnership with the church, community organization, agency, or business.

Collaborative Change Award

The Collaborative Change Award recognizes positive effects that teams of colleagues have on shaping professional academic culture of Calvin