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Teaching with Research Award

CTRL’s Teaching with Research Award recognizes faculty who creatively incorporate original student research activities into the course experience. The research topic may or may not relate to the faculty member’s own professional research program. Examples of student research participation include literature reviews, study designs, data-gathering, analyses of findings, and/or formal presentations or performances. Faculty are encouraged to mentor students to present their research at a local, national, or international conference, or to submit the work for publication.

The award is not designed for recognizing faculty mentorship of individual student research such as summer student research projects, University Honors capstone projects, or work done with an individual student in an Independent Study.

Eligibility | Terms | Selection Process | Timeline | Nomination

Any faculty member teaching full-time or part-time during the current academic year is eligible for nomination. Self-nominations are not eligible. Both individual faculty members and teams of faculty members may be nominated.

Terms of Award:
The winning faculty member (or faculty team) will receive an award of $1,500. In addition to being recognized at the annual Ann Ferren Conference in January, the winner will be invited to present his or her work at a CTRL event.

Selection Process:
Nominations may be made by any member of the university community. A short-list of nominees will be requested to provide a brief description of their activities involving course-based research. The selection panel for the short list and for the winner will be composed of members of CTRL plus a previous winner of the award.


Nominations open:  
September 1, 2017
Final date to submit nominations: November 15, 2017
Announcement of winner: December 2017

Nomination Process:

We will begin accepting nominations for the 2016 Teaching with Research Award in September.

Questions about the Teaching with Research Award? Please contact Anna Olsson at ext. 6077.


2016 Teaching with Research Award Winner: Tricia Bacon

The 2016 Teaching with Research Award was awarded to Tricia Bacon (SPA, Justice, Law, and Criminology).

Tricia Bacon is recognized for her creativity in helping students integrate research into simulations and scenarios that commonly occur in the national security policy process. As a result, students come to value thorough and rigorous research in shaping policy outcomes. One such example involved students conducting extensive research to develop the counter extremism campaign "That's Our America," with the goal of reaching and persuading the "silent majority" to counter intolerance towards religious minorities, in particular Islamophobia.

2015 Teaching with Research Award Winner: Kimberly Cowell-Meyers and Jane Palmer

The 2015 Teaching with Research Award was split between Professors Kimberly Cowell-Meyers (SPA, Government) and Jane Palmer (SPA, Public Administration and Policy).

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is recognized for her work supporting undergraduate student research. Since 2010, she has overseen 60 student presentations at the SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium, and 5 of her students have published in undergraduate research journals. Reflecting her commitment to student research initiatives, Professor Cowell-Meyers founded the journal Clocks & Clouds that enables students to showcase their work and trains student reviewers and staff in the publishing enterprise.

Jane Palmer is recognized for her efforts as Director of the Community-Based Research Scholars Program to incorporate original student research into the first year of the program and beyond. Students learn about and utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods, survey implementation, research ethics, data collection, and data analysis to address pressing social problems. Several of Professor Palmer’s students have presented their findings at regional conferences, building their membership in the research community. 

2014 Teaching with Research Award Winner: Maria De Jesus

The 2014 Teaching with Research Award was awarded to Professor Maria De Jesus (SIS, Department of International Communication - Public Health). Professor De Jesus was recognized for using her recently-funded research project on HIV and HIV prevention among African American and African immigrant women in D.C. to engage and connect her students to the entire research process. Students analyzed a subset of Professor De Jesus’ interview results, learning how to interpret data in order to make valid claims, as well as developing their own mentored research projects.

2013 Teaching with Research Award Winners: W. Joseph Campbell and Edmund Stazyk

The 2013 Teaching with Research Award was split between Professors Edmund Stazyk (SPA, Department of Public Administration and Policy) and W. Joseph Campbell (SOC). Edmund Stazyk was selected for his exceptionally engaged and active involvement in the doctoral program in his department. W. Joseph Campbell was selected for enabling students to conduct original research at and gain familiarity with the Library of Congress, and by encouraging students to draw insights from close examination of primary source material. 

2012 Teaching with Research Award Winners: Matthew Hartings and Robert Johnson

The 2012 Teaching with Research Award was split between Professors Matthew Hartings (CAS, Department of Chemistry) and Robert Johnson (SPA, Department of Justice, Law, and Society). Matthew Hartings was selected for developing a new two-course advanced lab sequence in Chemistry that trains students to carry out original laboratory research. Robert Johnson was selected for encouraging and guiding student research, and for mentoring students to develop work for professional publication.

2011 Teaching with Research Award Winners: Kim Blankenship and Kiho Kim

The 2011 Teaching with Research Award was split between Professors Kim Blankenship (CAS, Department of Sociology) and Kiho Kim (CAS, Department of Environmental Science). Kim Blankenship was selected because of the extensive utilization of her HIV/AIDS research to connect the central themes of her class “Gender, Poverty, and Health.” Kiho Kim was selected because of his efforts to engage students in scientific research in all of his classes, both by using his own research findings as examples and by mentoring students through the research process.

2010 Teaching with Research Award Winner: Todd Eisenstadt

American University political science professor Todd Eisenstadt was the second recipient of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning's Teaching with Research Award.

Eisenstadt was selected for the award for the research focus he provided students in his classes. In particular, the judges were impressed by Professor Eisenstadt's efforts to make his students' work go beyond the classroom and become grant proposals, conference papers, and in three cases, journal articles or articles in progress.

Professor Eisenstadt was one of 13 faculty who were nominated for the award. An Associate Professor of Political Science, Eisenstadt holds degrees from the University of California, San Diego and The Johns Hopkins University. He studies democratization, identity and social movements, public opinion, political parties, and election finance, principally in Latin America.

2009 Teaching with Research Award Winner: Kathleen Franz

American University history professor Kathleen Franz was the first recipient of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning's Teaching with Research Award.

Franz's Public History Practicum aims to engage students in best practices for interpreting history in collaborative situations and public settings through praxis, or learning through doing. Every spring students team up with local and national cultural institutions in the DC area on a variety of public history projects.

Professor Franz was one of 21 faculty who were nominated for the prize which includes a $2,000 grant for research-related materials. An Associate Professor of History, Franz holds degrees in Museum Studies and American Civilization from Brown University. Her specialty is 20th Century US cultural history with a focus on popular culture and the history of technology. She regularly works with local and national cultural institutions.