University | 1:05 am | April 10, 2012 | By Antonia Woodford

Six professors win teaching prizes

Professor George Chauncey, whose survey of U.S. gay and lesbian history has become one of the University's most acclaimed courses, received one of six teaching prizes.
Professor George Chauncey, whose survey of U.S. gay and lesbian history has become one of the University's most acclaimed courses, received one of six teaching prizes. Photo by YouTube.

Six Yale College teaching prizes for 2012 have been awarded to professors in departments ranging from history to psychology to geology and geophysics, the Dean’s Office announced Monday.

Recipients of the prizes are nominated by students and then chosen by the Committee on Teaching, Learning and Advising. Yale College Dean Mary Miller will host a reception in their honor on April 23 in the Lecture Hall of Sterling Memorial Library at 5 p.m., which is open to the public.

“What is so moving to me is the range of faculty who have been nominated by their students this year, from George Chauncey, Ron Smith, and Laurie Santos, who teach large lectures that rivet undergraduate attention, to Anne Fadiman, who works with aspiring writers in small seminar settings, to Moira Fradinger, whose classes seam together literary threads, and to Andrew Casson, whose dedication as DUS has guided the math department’s students,” Miller said in a Monday email to the News.

Read the list of winners below:

The Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities:

George A. Chauncey, Professor of History and American Studies

The Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences:

Laurie R. Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology

The Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences:

Andrew J. Casson, Philip Schuyler Beebe Professor of Mathematics

The Richard H. Brodhead ’68 Prize for Teaching Excellence by Non-Ladder Faculty:

Anne Fadiman, Francis Writer-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of English

The Harwood F. Byrnes / Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize:

Ronald B. Smith, Damon Wells Professor of Geology & Geophysics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College:

Moira Fradinger, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

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