GW Announces Honorees of 11th Annual Faculty Awards

Awardees are recognized for their achievements in teaching, research, service and other areas.

Professors' Gate
May 17, 2021

The George Washington University announced Monday the winners of the 11th annual Faculty Awards, which recognize faculty for excellence in teaching, research, service and other areas.

Lisa Bowleg, a professor of psychology in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research).

“The prize recognizes my current achievements as a faculty member, but also GW’s 30-year history in my academic development as a social and behavioral science researcher,” she said.

At GW, Dr. Bowleg earned a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in women’s studies and a doctorate in applied social psychology from the Department of Psychology, where she returned to teach in 2013.

She said the excellent research training that she received at GW was fundamental to laying the groundwork for her critical research that focuses on social-structural inequities, such as racism and police brutality, and health inequities, including treatment of HIV and AIDS, among underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

“Such research can provide evidence to inform policy and practice solutions that in turn can have real-world transformative impact,” she said.

Shira Robinson, a professor of history in CCAS, was awarded the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence. She said she is especially moved that she was nominated for the prize by her students, who are a joy to teach, engaged, and ready to be challenged.

“We study history to understand how we ended up with the troubled world we have today and to think together about how we can make it better,” she said. “I love learning with my students and look forward to continuing this work with them.”

Carol Sigelman, also a professor of psychology in CCAS, won the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Service. She said she is deeply honored to receive the prize and credits her win to several key factors: her colleagues in the special community of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; a desire to help others accomplish what they want to do; and never wanting to say no.

“Having served at the department, college and university levels, I can’t recommend service enough,” Dr. Sigelman said. “It’s pushed me out of my office and toward a deeper appreciation of what a university can and should be. It’s allowed me to learn from, collaborate with and accomplish things with the many dedicated and talented faculty, staff and students all across the university, who make GW great and care about making it greater.”

A partial list of award winners is below. To see the full list of faculty award winners, finalists and distinguished external awardees, including new faculty emeriti and the Silver Anniversary Faculty Awards, please visit the Faculty Affairs website.

Trachtenberg Prizes (Teaching, Service, and Research)

  •  Lisa Bowleg, psychology, CCAS Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research)
  • Shira Robinson, history, CCAS Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence
  • Carol Sigelman, psychology, CCAS Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Service

Morton A. Bender Teaching Awards

  • Sarah-Kay Hurst, Romance, German, & Slavic languages and literatures, CCAS
  • Karen Kesten, acute and chronic care, School of Nursing
  • Matthew Kirwin, international affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Paige McDonald, clinical research and leadership, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Maranda Ward, clinical research and leadership, SMHS

Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Awards

Office of the Vice President for Research Faculty Awards

  • Ahmed Louri, electrical and computer engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science OVPR Distinguished Researcher

  • Martha Finnemore, political science and international affairs, CCAS and Elliott School OVPR Distinguished Scholar

  • Dmitry Streletskiy, geography, CCAS OVPR Early Career Researcher

  • Celeste Arrington, political science and international affairs, CCAS and Elliott School OVPR Early Career Scholar

  • Christopher Cahill, chemistry and international affairs, CCAS and Elliott School OVPR Research Mentorshi   

Writing in Discipline Awards

  • Shelley Brundage, speech, language, and hearing WID Distinguished Teaching Award 2021
  • Melissa Keeley, geography WID Best Assignment Design Award 2021
  • Kelsie Pos, biology WID Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award
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