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A&S Announces Recipients of 2022 Outstanding Teaching Awards

By Richard LeComte 

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Each year, the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences honors four faculty members with Outstanding Teaching Awards, one each in the divisions of the Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences and Natural & Mathematical Sciences and one for lecturers.   

These awards recognize excellence and contribution in all aspects of undergraduate and graduate teaching. All tenured, tenure-track and lecturer faculty with full-time or primary appointments in the College are eligible for these awards, except for those who have won this award during the previous five years. Each A&S Outstanding Teaching Award carries a one-time stipend of $1,500. 

In addition, the College recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching large courses, innovation, mentoring and other categories.  

The 2022 winners are: 

Outstanding Teaching Awards 


Regina Hamilton – Assistant Professor, Department of English. 

Natural and Mathematical Sciences 

Mark Meier – Professor, Department of Chemistry. 

Behavioral and Social Sciences 

Shaunna Scott – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology. 


Shannon Plank – Lecturer, Department of Anthropology. 

Excellence in Teaching Large Courses Award 

Melanie Goan – Professor, Department of History. 

Innovative Teaching Award 

Mark Lovell – Professor & Department Chair, Department of Chemistry. 

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award 

Susan Barron – Career Award – Professor, Department of Psychology. 

Marion Rust – Professor, Department of English. 

Kathy Newfont – Associate Professor, Department of History. 

Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award 

Anne-Frances Miller – Career Award – Professor, Department of Chemistry. 

Christopher Crawford – Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy. 

Promotion of Diversity or Inclusion Award: 

Crystal Wilkinson – Associate Professor, Department of English. 

Jessica Burris – Associate Professor, Department of Psychology. 

Distinguished Service or Engagement Award: 

Steven Yates – Professor, Department of Chemistry.