Joan G. McDonald Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Sciences
Purpose of award
Established by Xavier alumnus Dr. Robert McDonald in honor of his late wife, this award is presented to faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching across a variety of courses and over a number of semesters. Excellence in teaching is to be interpreted in the broad sense of the term to include activities outside the classroom such as availability to students, willingness to work individually with students, advising students, and ability to motivate students to pursue independent study or to participate in research. Excellence is demonstrated through student and peer evaluations.
Each year, tenured or tenure-track faculty members in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics departments who are at least in their third year of full-time teaching at Xavier are eligible.
Every second year, a participating faculty member or part-time faculty in the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics department will also be recognized with this award.
Tenured or tenure-track winners receive a $5000 cash award and $5000 in faculty development money. Participating faculty or part-time faculty winners receive a $2500 cash award and $2500 in faculty development money.
Any current or recent Xavier University student and any Biology, Chemistry, or Physics faculty member may nominate an eligible recipient.
In 2022-23, the award will be given to a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member.
Nominations are due by March 13, 2023.
2022-23 McDonald Award Nomination Form
Past Award Recipients
|1996-1997||Dr. Stanley Hedeen|
|1997-1998||Dr. Terrence Toepker
Ms. Mary Stroud
|1998-1999||Dr. Barbara Hopkins|
|1999-2000||Dr. Edward Fenlon
Ms. Linda Heath
|2000-2001||Dr. Dorothy Engle|
|2001-2002||Dr. Lisa Close-Jacob
Mr. Michael Gehner
|2002-2003||Dr. Marco Fatuzzo|
|2003-2004||Dr. Daniel McLoughlin
Dr. Vimala Majeti
|2004-2005||Dr. Steve Herbert|
|2005-2006||Dr. Carolyn Chambers
Dr. Roy Cohen
|2006-2007||Dr. Craig Davis|
|2007-2008||Dr. Stephen C. Yerian
Mr. Neema Nourian
|2008-2009||Dr. Charles Grossman|
|2009-2010||Dr. Richard Mullins
Dr. Pamela Roy
|2010-2011||Dr. Jennifer Robbins|
|2011-2012||Dr. Linda Finke
Dr. Nancy Matre
|2012-2013||Dr. Justin Link|
|2013-2014||Dr. Ann Ray
Dr. Mary Stroud
|2014-2015||Dr. Dottie Engle|
|2015-2016||Dr. Mollie McIntosh
Ms. Amy Bosch
|2016-2017||Dr. Brent Blair|
|2017-2018||Dr. Stephen Mills
Dr. Greg Braun
|2018-2019||Dr. Haider Raad|
|2019-2020||Dr. Jonathan Morris
Dr. Heather Balyeat
|2020-2021||Dr. Ann Ray|
|2021-2022||Dr. Kat Morris
Dr. Adam Azman