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Wake Forest Awards

Wake Forest offers a number of awards to distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University.  We are proud to showcase the winners of these awards with information about each award as well as a listing of previous recipients.

The Medallion of Merit

The Medallion of Merit is the highest honor given by Wake Forest and is presented annually for outstanding achievement and distinguished contribution to the University.  Previous recipients include presidents of the University, trustees, benefactors and retired faculty and administrators.

Current Recipient: Rhoda B. Billings, JD ’66 (pictured)

 

Past Recipients

The Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award

This award was established in 1982 by the Wake Forest Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa to recognize an outstanding faculty member who bridges the gap between the classroom and student life.  The recipient must contribute beyond the expected duties of teaching and research.  In 1997, the award was endowed by the Kulynych Family Foundation and the name was changed to honor the Kulynych family.

For additional information about the Kulynych family and the establishment of the Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award, please visit the Kulynych informational page.

Current Recipient: Ken Zick, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Law

 

Past Recipients

The Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award


This award is given annually to two Wake Forest alumni/ae who are exemplary classroom teachers in public or private schools.  The award was established in 1994 in honor of Marcellus 

Waddill, professor of mathematics from 1962 to 1997.  Founded by his son David, the Waddill Award provides one of the largest monetary prizes of any teacher-recognition program in the country.

Current Recipients: Laura Bilton (’01), a second grade teacher at Old Town Elementary School and Jon Williams (’95), a  social studies teacher at McMichael High School   (pictured).

For additional information about

Dr. Waddill and the establishment of the Waddill Award, please visit the Waddill informational page. Past Recipients

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award

The award was established in 1985 to honor Chief Justice Joseph Branch upon his retirement from the North Carolina Supreme Court. Recipients are chose on the basis of outstanding teaching and service to the legal profession.

Current Recipient: Tracey Banks Coan, Associate Professor of Legal Writing (pictured)

Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award

The award is named for former divinity dean Bill Leonard and is given annually to an alumnus, faculty member or friend of the divinity school who embodies the principles of Pro Humanitate.

Current Recipient: Dr. Douglas Bailey (’60), Professor of Urban Ministry

 

Donald O. Shoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service

The award was established in 1988 by the Wake Forest Alumni Council to recognize extraordinary community service of a respected teacher-scholar from the College or the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. The award is named in memory of Professor of Politics Donald Schoonmaker.

Current Recipient: Anne Boyle, Professor of English and Associate Dean for Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives

 

Award for Excellence in Research

The award recognizes a faculty member in the College in the early part of his or her career. The award was established in 1971 and renamed in 1986 in recognition of the generosity of the late Wilbur Doyle who endowed the prize to honor his philosophy professor, A.C. Reid.

Current Recipient: Patricia Dos Santos, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (pictured)

 

Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The award recognizes a faculty member in the College in the early part of his or her career. The award was established in 1971 and renamed in 1986 in recognition of the generosity of the late Wilbur Doyle who endowed the prize to honor his philosophy professor, A.C. Reid.

Current Recipients: Oana Jurchescu, Assistant Professor of Physics

 

John Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching

The award recognizes an experienced member of the College faculty, distinguished as a teacher in the broadest sense of the word and for exemplifying the ideals of a liberal arts education.

Current Recipients: Louis R. Goldstein, Professor of Music