The Award

The recipient will be announced at the faculty award dinner in February and will be further honored at a presentation during the From Every Nation Symposium on Race, usually held in March, with a $500 financial award and plaque.  Recipients may also be asked to speak to the college community about their work.

Past Recipients

Marilyn Bierling, Spanish and Elisha Marr, sociology (2015)

Joel Navarro, Music (2014)

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, German (2013)

Brian D. Ingraffia, English (2012)

Stephanie Sandberg, CAS (2011)

Purpose of the Award

The annual From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes innovative and effective efforts of 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.


Any full-time or reduced-load member of the teaching faculty may be nominated for this award.  Individuals may receive the award only once.

Selection Criteria

Award recipients have developed or utilized creative, original, effective teaching reflecting at least one of the themes of the FEN initiative: racial diversity, anti-racism, racial reconciliation and restoration, and multicultural citizenship.  Award recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment and innovative approaches to teaching the goals of FEN.
  • Original contribution(s) to assessing student learning outcomes in these areas.
  • Innovative pedagogy that is creative, facilitates student learning, honors the goals of FEN, and addresses current practices, trends, and issues.
  • Sustained impact on teaching and on improving instruction and curriculum around the goals of FEN.  Such impact may be demonstrated through adopting and disseminating effective teaching practices, developing special projects and curricula, and sharing teaching expertise with others.

Selection Process

The Multicultural Affairs Committee will solicit nominations from September through October.  All members of the college community, including students, are invited to submit a half- to full-page letter indicating how the nominee’s involvement in classroom or campus activities have incorporated FEN objectives, and self-nominations are welcome; all correspondence must include the nominator’s contact information.  Information from the nominee’s faculty activities report may be consulted by the Multicultural Affairs Committee, which will select the award winner.