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Faculty Teaching Awards

2013 Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Cal Jen (Business), John Ubels (Biology), Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim (Germanic and Asian Languages) and the Department of Nursing faculty! Each has been chosen to receive one of the faculty teaching awards.

Jen is the 2013 recipient of the Award for Advising and Mentoring, Ubels has garnered the Award for Student-Faculty Research, and Dykstra-Pruim won the From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition, this year the Award for Community-Based teaching was awarded to all of the members of the Calvin College Nursing Department.

Congratulations also to James Bratt (History), the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching which was also announced at the dinner.

For details about each award and their respective criteria, please read Faculty Teaching Awards at a Glance

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 to view detailed information about the awards, such as: the purpose of the award, eligibility, past recipients, or nomination criteria.

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