Excellence in Teaching Awards to History Faculty

President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers

The President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, presented each year at the Georgetown University Fall Faculty Convocation, celebrates the integration of outstanding research and the kind of excellence in teaching that is at the heart of Georgetown's mission. This award seeks to recognize the most impactful among the exceptionally talented Georgetown faculty.

2014 -- James B. Collins, Professor of History

Professor James Collins has taught European history at Georgetown since 1985. A leading scholar of early modern France, his research focuses on the origins of modern states and absolute monarchies through analysis of early modern Europe's most important continental state. A dedicated teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students, he offers a model of how rigorous scholarship informs teaching, and how meaningful mentor relationships inspire scholarly ventures.

President Jack DeGioia awarded Professor Collins with a Presidential Fellow medal at the Georgetown University Faculty Convocation on October 15, 2014.

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence

The Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence was established in 1967 to honor Rev. Edward B. Bunn, S.J. for his years of devotion and service to Georgetown University as president and chancellor. Each year, the senior class selects a faculty member to receive the Bunn Award, and it is presented during the College Tropaia Exercises.

2015 -- Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History

Professor Marcia Chatelain, also winner of the 2014 Dorothy Brown Award for Teaching Excellence, was honored with the Bunn Award at the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences Tropaia Exercises on May 15, 2015.

Georgetown University, Dorothy Brown Award

This award honors the work of Dorothy M. Brown, who served Georgetown University for over 35 years as a teacher and administrator. Each year on Georgetown Day, it is presented to an outstanding faculty member whose contributions demonstrate a strong commitment to the educational advancement of students.

2014 -- Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History

Professor Chatelain joined the Georgetown faculty in 2011. She writes and teaches about African American migration, women's and girls' history, and African American food studies. Her courses include Introduction to African American Studies, the History of African American Women, Women and the Civil Rights Movement, African American Childhood, and the African American Great Migration. She also offers an Ignatian seminar for first-year students on African American Food Culture, which explores the ways food has shaped both African American culture and American history. The course includes field trips to sites in Washington, DC, including community gardens and historic restaurants as well as food historians and local chefs as guest speakers. For more about Professor Chatelain’s innovative course, see: http://college.georgetown.edu/collegenews/feeding-the-soul.html.

Georgetown College, College Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence

The Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to its first recipients in 1996, and is designed to honor excellence in the teaching of undergraduate students. It is presented at the College Faculty Convocation in January every year.  Nine members of the History Department have received this award, more than in any other College Department.

2016 -- Kathryn M. Olesko, Associate Professor of History

Kathryn Olesko has taught at Georgetown since 1981, and has taught thousands of students, inspiring them with her passion and her mastery of interdisciplinary approaches to history. As a historian of science trained in physics and mathematics as well as history, Professor Olesko consistently draws students with varied interests and backgrounds, and offers inquiring students the opportunity to build on the skills they have acquired in other disciplines when addressing historical questions.  She has been a highly innovative teacher, which is demonstrated not only by her varied and evolving pedagogical approach and methods, but also by the simple fact that she has taught more than forty different courses in her years at Georgetown.  In 2016, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a rare accolade for a historian, and recognized for her “foundational contributions to the history of physics pedagogy.”

2014 -- David J. Collins, S.J., Associate Professor of History

David J. Collins, S.J., has been at Georgetown since 2004. He is a historian of medieval Europe, and teaches a wide array of courses, from the introductory survey of European history (ancient to modern) to surveys of the medieval period, from graduate classes on historical anthropology to undergraduate seminars on pre-modern astronomy and medieval sainthood and inquisition. From 2010 to 2012 he taught by invitation an Ignatius Seminar for the College, "Science and Religion in the West: The Historical Perspective." In all his classes, he is interested in exposing students to unfamiliar ways of thinking and acting, and in opening their minds to the exotic, the unusual, and the uncanny.  He served as the Department’s Director of Doctoral Studies from 2013 to 2016.

2011 -- Bryan McCann, Professor of History

Bryan McCann has been at Georgetown since 2005. A historian of modern Brazil, he teaches a wide array of courses on Colonial and Modern Latin America, including the Latin American regional survey, the global history of soccer, popular music in Brazil and Cuba, and urban poverty in Latin America. He has also taught the year-long Liberal Arts Seminar. In all of his classes, he seeks to connect Latin American history to the history of other continents and cultures through themes that transcend any one society or civilization, such as the performance and reception of music and sports, the challenges of political modernization, and the confrontation with issues of poverty and social justice. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the Director of Masters Programs in the department. In the fall of 2014, he taught in Alanya, Turkey.  Since Fall 2016, he has served as Chair of the Department of History.

2010 -- Meredith McKittrick, Associate Professor of History

Meredith McKittrick is an expert on the social, political, and environmental history of southwestern Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on Namibia. Since her arrival at Georgetown in 1996, she has worked tirelessly to build and sustain the African history program. In addition to the History of Africa II, she teaches a variety of other African history courses, including resistance and rebellion, gender and generation, environmental history, and comparative US-South African history. She has also taught global history and comparative agricultural history. She currently serves as the Director of Masters Programs in the History Department.

2009 -- Osama Abi-Mershed, Associate Professor of History

Osama Abi-Mershed teaches courses on North Africa, the Middle East, and the Western Mediterranean (medieval and modern); on Arab and Ottoman societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and on colonial and post-colonial Franco-Maghribi relations. His academic research focuses on the ideologies and practices of colonial modernization in nineteenth-century Algeria, and on the parallel processes of state-and nation-making in France and North Africa. He has taught at Georgetown since 2003, earning a reputation as a dedicated, energetic, and highly engaged teacher. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service.

2007 -- Amy Leonard, Associate Professor of History

Amy Leonard is an expert in early modern Germany, gender, and the Protestant Reformation. A member of Georgetown’s faculty since 1999, Professor Leonard inspires her students with her passionate and rigorous but always joyful pedagogy. She teaches courses on the reformations in Europe; women in early modern Europe; witches and witchcraft in Europe and the Atlantic World; sex and celibacy in premodern Europe; nuns in medieval and early modern history; war and society in early modern Europe; popular culture in early modern Europe, and Martin Luther: Saint or Devil?. She has also taught an Ignatian Seminar on “Sex and Gender in History and Today.” She has previously served as the Director of Doctoral Studies in the History Department.

2004 -- Carol A. Benedict, Professor of History

Carol Benedict has been at Georgetown since 1995. She teaches courses on modern Chinese history, the history of disease and global health, Pacific World history, and the history of globalization and inter-societal relations. In all of her classes, she seeks to provide students with a deep appreciation for cultural difference while recognizing fundamental human values that transcend cultural boundaries. She has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in History and the SFS Field Chair for International History. She served as the Chair of the Department of History from 2012 to 2016.

2000 -- Tommaso Astarita, Professor of History

Tommaso Astarita has taught at Georgetown since 1989. His research has focused on the social and economic history of early modern Italy, especially the South. He teaches European history at the survey level, and the Renaissance and early modern periods at the upper level. He has also developed and taught courses on the Renaissance, Italian history, Iberian history, European historiography, music and theater in early modern Europe, the development of individuality in European culture, the city of Rome, and European society and culture in the eighteenth century. He has also taught the year-long Liberal Arts Seminar. In 2013, he participated in the pilot group for History’s new general education course. His unparalleled dedication to undergraduate learning at Georgetown extends far beyond the classroom. He has served several terms as the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies since 1995 and most recently has been in this position since 2004.

1996 -- Dorothy M. Brown, Professor Emerita of History

Dorothy Brown joined the Georgetown faculty in 1966. She retired as Provost and Professor of History at Georgetown University in the summer of 2002 after 36 years of teaching and administration. During the course of her career at Georgetown, she held a variety of administrative positions, including Director of the American Studies Program, Chair of the Department of History, Coordinator of Academic Planning for the Main Campus, and Vice President of the Faculty Senate. As the first recipient of the College Dean’s Teaching Award in 1996, Professor Brown was lauded for her exemplary record as an innovative, committed, and challenging teacher whose enduring commitment to Georgetown’s educational mission made her one of the most popular and respected members of the faculty.

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2016 - Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor

Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies, Outstanding Faculty Award

2016 - Jo Ann Moran Cruz, Associate Professor