GW Student Athletes Name Richard Zamoff Professor of the Year

Selection announced during ceremony recognizing 375 students who made Athletic Academic Deans List.

Women's Rowing Team
Members of the GW women's rowing team enter the Smith Center for a ceremony honoring student athletes who made the Academic Athletic Dean's List and naming Richard Zamoff professor of the year. (GW Athletics Communications)
February 29, 2016

Student athletes at George Washington University chose Richard Zamoff, associate professorial lecturer in sociology, as their professor of the year.

Students in all sports are asked each year to submit nominations for the award, which goes to the professor who makes the greatest contribution to the academic success of GW’s student athletes. Once nominations are closed, the student athletes vote to get a professor of the year and five finalists.

“I am truly grateful for this award,” Dr. Zamoff said. “In the last 30 plus years, it’s been my privilege to work with many GW student athletes, and if in some small way I’ve contributed to their success in and out of the classroom, that makes me very proud.”

 Dr. Zamoff joined the faculty in1982. Since 1996, he has served as director of the Jackie Robinson Project and since 1999, as faculty advisor to the Jackie Robinson Society.

Student athletes at George Washington University chose Richard Zamoff, associate professorial lecturer in sociology, as their professor of the year. (GW Athletics Communications)

The announcement came during halftime of the women’s basketball game against Richmond last Wednesday night, when GW’s Athletic Academic Dean’s List members also were honored.

Among the more than 375 student athletes honored, 25 achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in either the spring or fall semester of 2015, with five hitting the mark in both semesters.

In order to be recognized on the Dean’s List, student athletes have to achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher in either the spring 2015 or fall 2015 semesters.

In the spring of 2015, more than 73 percent of GW student athletes had at least a 3.0 GPA, while nearly 69 percent of student athletes were honored for the fall 2015 semester.

In both semesters, GW Athletics established all-time highs for cumulative GPA across all student athletes, with the spring’s 3.22 representing an all-time best semester while the fall’s 3.19 cumulative was the highest-ever fall GPA when freshmen are first introduced to college.

 “Year after year we see a record number of student athletes recognized on our Dean’s List," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "The all-time high GPAs across the department and dozens of 4.0s among them is the strongest testament to the commitment to higher education made by our student athletes, distinguished faculty, coaches and administration.

“It is our ultimate goal to build champions in the classroom, as well as in competition and in the community, and we're incredibly proud of our student athletes' success.”