2024 Teaching and Faculty Excellence Awards

Teacher of the Year awards 

Honorees are selected by their colleges for contributions to high-quality teaching and college-specific achievements. Honorees receive a $1,000 faculty development fund and are eligible for an additional two years of faculty development funds through membership in the NAU Teaching Academy. The Teaching Academy supports new collaborations, is an important voice in shaping discussion around our commitment to teaching excellence and student success and helps the campus benefit more broadly from the insights of NAU’s extraordinary teachers. 

  • Christine Davis, College of Arts and Letters 
  • Annie Watson, College of Education 
  • Michael Leverington, College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences 
  • Julia Gardner, College of Health and Human Services 
  • Rebecca Best, College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences 
  • Bill Carter, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • Kristie Wright, NAU Yuma 
  • Todd Johnson, The W. A. Franke College of Business 

Award for Excellence in Global Learning 

Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov and Kyle Winfree, professors in the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences who have been critical in recruiting international students to NAU  

Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Learning 

  • Julia Gardner, College of Health and Human Services

Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership 

  • Theresa Carlson 
  • John Doherty  

President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellows 

Faculty designated as Teaching Fellows are scholarly teachers whose work represents the highest levels of excellence and whose pedagogical expertise has a positive impact at NAU and beyond. Teaching Fellows are selected each year through a rigorous nomination process, which includes the creation and submission of an extensive teaching portfolio. 

  • Yuly Y Asencion Delaney, professor, Global Languages and Cultures 
  • Deborah Huntzinger, professor, School of Earth and Sustainability 
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