Faculty Awards

Pursuing excellence in teaching, professional life, and service to the College are all aspects of faculty life at Roanoke College, and each spring the Dean acknowledges outstanding faculty members through awards given in these different areas. 

Nominations for the 2021-2022 awards (teaching, professional life, and service) will be accepted through Friday March 4, 2022. Send your nomination letter to Mrs. Susan Rambo (srambo@roanoke.edu)


The Dean’s Exemplary Teaching Award recognizes teaching that not only focuses on the content and skills of one’s scholarly field, but also helps students develop as whole persons and prepare for lives of purpose and meaning.  Although such teaching may take many forms, it is clearly demonstrated through an instructor’s design and implementation of a well-organized plan for learning, incorporation of new knowledge and emerging methodologies, engagement of students through activities and assignments, creation of a positive learning environment, rigorous expectations, clear assessment of student work, and ever evolving adaptation of pedagogy to communicate more effectively to each generation of students.

The Dean’s Exemplary Professional Life Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments. Every faculty member belongs to both a professional community of scholars and to the community of scholars and students at Roanoke College, which is essential to the intellectual vibrancy of our campus. Engagement in professional development activities and active involvement in professional organizations enhances the role of a faculty member as a teacher-scholar by infusing the faculty member’s teaching with the latest developments in the field. Moreover, a faculty member’s scholarly productivity models for students the habits of intellectual inquiry and the excitement of discovery. Professional life may encompass pedagogical research as well as more traditional research questions. 

The Dean’s Exemplary Service Award recognizes outstanding faculty service – either at Roanoke College or in the larger community – in ways that advance the mission of the College in seeking to develop students as whole persons and prepare them for lives of purpose and meaning.  Professional service may involve many factors, such as the number, quality, range or focus of service activities; honors or awards received from off-campus organizations; and the time invested relative to the time available for service activities. 

Join with us in congratulating recipients of these rewards:


Year Teaching  Professional Life Service
2021-22 Dr. J. Megan Steinweg
Dr. Leslie Warden
Dr. Shannon Anderson
2020-21 Dr. Melanie Trexler Dr. Kathy O'Neill   
2019-20 Dr. Darcey Powell Dr. Mary Henold
2018-19 Dr. Lindsey Osterman Dr. Elizabeth Ackley   
2017-18 Dr. Adam Childers Dr. Christopher Lassiter
2016-17 Dr. William Brenzovich Dr. David Nichols   
2015-16 Dr. Lynn Talbot Dr. Michael Hakkenberg
2014-15 Dr. Brent Adkins Dr. Robert Schultz   
2013-14 Dr. Shannon Anderson Dr. Chad Morris
2012-13 Dr. Virginia Stewart Dr. Monica Vilhauer   
2011-12 Dr. David Taylor Dr. Gary Hollis
2010-11 Dr. Julie Lyon Dr. Paul R. Hinlicky   
2009-10 Dr. Christopher Lassiter Dr. Jane Ingram
2008-09 Dr. Christpher R. Lee & Dr. Roland B. Minton   
Dr. Robert Willingham
2007-08 Dr. Kristi Hoffman Dr. Richard Grant
2006-07 Dr. Benjamin Huddle Dr. J. Brooks Crozier   
2005-06 Dr. Florinda Ruiz Dr. Charlene Kalinoski
2004-05 Dr. Leonard Pysh Dr. Anil M. Shende   
2003-04 Dr. Garry Fleming Dr. Hans Zorn
2002-03 Dr. Melanie Almeder Dr. Gregory Weiss   
2001-02 Dr. W. Kevin Baker Prof. Eberle Smith
2000-01 Dr. Richard Grant Dr. Gary Hollis  
1999-00 Dr. Paul Hanstedt Dr. Gail McKee
1998-99 Dr. Scott Hardwig Dr. Gerald McDermott  
1997-98 Dr. Roland Minton Dr. J. Mack Welford
1996-97 Dr. Ned Wisnefske Dr. Robert D. Denham   
1995-96 Dr. Gregory Weiss Prof. George Arthur
1994-95 Dr. James Ogier Dr. Nassar Barghouty   
1993-94 Dr. Bobbye Au Prof. James Buriak
1992-93 Dr. Jan Lynch Dr. Robert Jenkins  
1991-92 Dr. Edward McClelland Dr. Susan Millinger
1990-91 Dr. C. William Hill Dr. Robert Benne   
1989-90 Dr. Sarah J. Simmons Dr. Patricia Gathercole  Dr. Benjamin Huddle
1988-99 Dr. Denis A. Lape