Awards

Dietrich School faculty members are frequently recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and mentoring. Learn more about past honorees and the processes and critera for nominating colleagues for future recognition.

Teaching and Service Awards

Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards

Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising

Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award

Research Award

Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards

Established in 1998 with a gift from Dietrich School alumnus, David Bellet (A&S '67) and his wife Tina, and endowed in 2008 through the family's further generosity, this annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Each fall, students and faculty are encouraged to submit nominations to the associate dean for undergraduate studies. A committee reviews nominations and requests dossiers from eligible candidates. Honorees are announced in the spring, and award recipients each receive a one-time cash prize of $6,000.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a Dietrich School faculty member with a regular full-time appointment who teaches undergraduate students
  2. Must have taught for three years on the Oakland campus
  3. Must receive three or more nominations

Bellet Dossier Evaluation Criteria

The following are the teaching excellence evaluation criteria for the candidates' dossiers.

  1. How the candidate communicates subject matter to undergraduate students of varied backgrounds and skill levels
  2. How the candidate encourages high standards of attainment for all undergraduate students
  3. How the candidate advises and mentors students, as well as expands undergraduate students' intellectual development beyond the classroom
  4. How the candidate has influenced undergraduate students, colleagues, or departmental instruction
  5. How the candidate has integrated scholarship with teaching

Teaching excellence implies:

  1. Overall excellence in teaching.
  2. Sustained commitment to teaching.
  3. Effectiveness in helping students achieve meaningful goals.

Nomination Information

Nominations are accepted October 1-31. For more information or to nominate a candidate, please contact Carol Lynch in the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Bellet Award Recipients

1999  Harold B. Rollins, Geology and Planetary Sciences

1999  Philip Watts, French and Italian Languages and Literatures

2000  Iain Campbell, Biological Sciences

2000  Barbara McCloskey, History of Art and Architecture

2000  Gordon Mitchell, Communication

2000  Chandralekha Singh, Physics and Astronomy

2001  George C. Bandik, Chemistry

2001  Paul Kameen, English

2001  John Ramirez, Computer Science

2001  Edward M. Stricker, Neuroscience

2001  John W. Gareis, Communication

2002  Keiko I. McDonald, East Asian Languages and Literatures

2002  Francesca L. Savoia, French and Italian Languages and Literatures

2002  Aaron Sheon, History of Art and Architecture

2003  James Seitz, English

2003  Peter Siska, Chemistry

2004  Geeta Kothari, English

2004  Ericka Huston, Chemistry

2004  Marla Ripoll, Economics

2004  Peter Simonson, Communication

2005  H. David Brumble, English

2005  Sharon McDermott, English

2006  Anthony Bledsoe, Biological Sciences

2006  Daniel Mossé, Computer Science

2007  Bryan Hanks, Anthropology                         

2007  Carl Bodenschatz, Statistics

2008  Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Theatre Arts

2008  Jeffrey Oaks, English

2009  Gretchen Bender, History of Art and Architecture

2009  Joseph Grabowski, Chemistry

2010  Paul Gartside, Mathematics

2010  Adam Leibovich, Physics and Astronomy

2011  Drew Armstrong, History of Art and Architecture

2011  Nancy Pfenning, Statistics

2012  Sunil Saxena, Chemistry

2012  Cynthia Skrzycki, English

2013  Annmarie Duggan, Theatre Arts

2013  Liann E. Tsoukas, History

2014  Charles E. Jones, Geology and Planetary Science

2014  Rick A. Relyea, Biological Sciences

2015  Paul Floreancig, Chemistry

2015  Michael Glass, Urban Studies

2016 Lorraine Denman, French and Italian Languages and Literature

2016 Andrew Lotz, Political Science

2016 Alan Sved, Neuroscience

2017 Lillian Chong, Chemistry

2017 Gianni Downs, Theatre Arts

2017 Alison Slinskey-Legg, Biological Sciences

Recent Awardee Videos

Lillian Chong, Chemistry (2017)
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Gianni Downs, Theatre Arts (2017)
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Alison Slinskey-Legg, Biological Sciences (2017)
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Lorraine Denman, French and Italian Languages and Literatures (2016)
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Andrew Lotz, Political Science (2016)
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Alan Sved, Neuroscience (2016)
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Paul Floreancig, Chemistry (2015)
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Michael Glass, Urban Studies (2015)
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Charles E. Jones, Geology and Planetary Science (2014)
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Rick A. Relyea, Biological Sciences (2014)
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Annmarie Duggan, Theatre Arts (2013)
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Liann E. Tsoukas, History (2013)
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Sunil Saxena, Chemistry (2012)
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Cynthia Skrzycki, English (2012)
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Drew Armstrong, History of Art and Architecture (2011)
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Nancy Pfenning, Statistics (2011)
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Paul Gartside, Mathematics (2010)
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Adam Leibovich, Physics and Astronomy (2010)
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Gretchen Bender, History of Art and Architecture (2009)
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Joseph Grabowski, Chemistry (2009)
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Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Theatre Arts (2008)
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Jeff Oaks, English (2008)
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Carl Bodenschatz, Statistics (2007)
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Bryan Hanks, Anthropology (2007)
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Earlier awardee videos can be found in the Classic Clips section of our site.

Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence by members of the University of Pittsburgh's faculty. Up to five awardees may be chosen annually. Each award consists of a cash prize to the faculty member of $2,000 and a grant of $3,000 to support the faculty member's teaching activities. All awardees are honored publicly.

Teaching is defined broadly and includes all activities that faculty members engage in to facilitate learning by undergraduate, professional, or graduate students: lecturing; clinical teaching; conducting seminars, tutorials, or recitations; etc.

Any faculty member who has served full-time at the University of Pittsburgh for at least five years is eligible, provided that he or she has been active as a teacher. Previous winners are not eligible. Refer to the nomination guidelines posted by the Provost for complete details.

Recent Dietrich School Awardees

Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Part of the University's mission is training the next generation of professional scholars. Essential to this task are faculty who provide intellectual and personal leadership that helps to support, encourage, and promote the personal and professional development of students. The Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring recognizes as many as four University of Pittsburgh faculty members each year who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Winners receive a cash prize of $2,500 and are honored publicly. Refer to the nomination guidelines posted by the Provost for complete details.

Recent Dietrich School Awardees

Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences annually recognizes outstanding faculty academic advising of its undergraduate students with the Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising, a one-time $4,000 (taxable) cash award.

Any Dietrich School faculty member with a regular, full-time appointment who has served as a departmental advisor for at least three years on the Oakland campus is eligible. Faculty members who receive a nomination from their department chair and two or more undergraduate students whom they have advised will be considered.

A letter from the chair of the department is required; it should explain the advising model used in the faculty member's department, include a perspective on his or her advising appointment and case load, and describe how the faculty member has demonstrated excellence in academic advising. Letters from at least two current or former undergraduate advisees are also required. These letters should describe when and how the faculty member's advice has impacted the advisee's academic and career goals.

Nomination Information

Nominations are accepted from October 1 through October 31, and should be sent to John Twyning, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 140 Thackeray Hall.

The prize winner will be selected by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Council and announced in the spring term. For more information, contact Z Taylor at taylor@as.pitt.edu.

Recent Awardees

Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award 

The Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award annually recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments of members of the University of Pittsburgh's faculty. Up to five awardees are chosen in two categories:

  • Senior Scholar Awardees include faculty members who have compiled a substantial and continuing record of outstanding research and scholarly activity. Nominees in this category must have achieved preeminence in their field and be so recognized in letters of support from national and international leaders in the field. Except in unusual circumstances, referees cannot be friends or colleagues of the nominees.

  • Junior Scholar Awardees include faculty members who, by virtue of the exceptional quality of their early contributions, have demonstrated great potential as scholars and have achieved some international standing. Candidates for this award must have received their highest degree no more than 12 years before the time of nomination.

Each Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award will consist of a cash prize to the faculty member of $2,000 and a grant of $3,000 to support the faculty member's teaching and research. All persons selected for this award will be honored publicly.

Any tenured or tenure-stream, full-time faculty member who has served at least three years at the University of Pittsburgh is eligible to be nominated. Refer to the nomination guidelines posted by the Provost for complete details.

Recent Dietrich School Awardees