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The Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award is awarded at William & Mary's Charter Day, and is a tribute to several members of the faculty who influenced and encouraged Thomas Jefferson. The award is intended to recognize today's teachers on the faculty. It is made annually to a younger teaching member of the university community who has demonstrated, through concern as a teacher and through character and influence, the inspiration and stimulation of learning to the betterment of the individual and society as exemplified by Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award Recipients

1970 - 1999

Year Recipient
1970 Thomas Hearn
1971 Bruce K. Goodwin
1972 John W. Conlee
1973 Hans Christian von Baeyer
1974 Elsa S. Diduk
1975 Gerald H. Johnson
1976 Alan E. Fuchs
1977 James J. Thompson, Jr.
1978 Trudier Harris
1979 Allen R. Sanderson
1980 Terry L. Meyers
1981 Craig N. Canning
1982 Jean Conover Wyer
1983 Morris A. McCain, Jr.
1984 Mark S. Conradi
1985 Joel D. Schwartz
1986 Joanne M. Braxton
1987 Helen Campbell Walker
1988 Talbot S. Taylor
1989 Virginia Kerns. '70
1990 R. Heather MacDonald
1991 David A. Dessler
1992 Susan V. Donaldson
1993 John S. Strong
1994 Tomoko Hamada
1995 John E. Graves
1996 Teresa Longo
1997 Barbara J. King
1998 Colleen Kennedy
1999 Karen Locke

2000 - present

Year Recipient
2000 Carol Sheriff
2001 Linda C. Schaffner
2002 Christopher M. Bailey
2003 Carey K. Bagdassarian
2004 Kris E. Lane
2005 Thomas J. Linneman
2006 Elizabeth A. Canuel
2007 Vladimir Bolotnikov
2008 Alexander Prokhorov, Modern Languages and Literature
2009 Rowan Lockwood, Geology
2010 Mark H. Forsyth, Biology
2011 Elizabeth Harbron, Chemistry
2012 Laura Heymann, School of Law
2013 Michael J. Tierney '87, M.A. '88, International Relations & Government
2014 Cheryl Dickter, Psychology
2015 John Riofrio, Hispanic Studies
2016 Jeremy Pope, History
2017 Kara Thompson, English and American Studies
2018 Jonathan Glasser, Anthropology
2019 Jennifer Gülly, German Studies
2020 Leslie Cochrane '05, English and Linguistics
2021 Katherine Barko-Alva, School of Education
2022 Christopher J. Hein, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
2023 Stacy Kern-Scheerer, W&M Law School
2024 Claire McKinney, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies


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