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Congratulations to the 2022 Award Recipients!

Chris Danforth, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Jason Garbarino, Associate Professor, Nursing
Jay Silveira, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Stephen Wadsworth, Lecturer, Animal and Veterinary Sciences


The Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize faculty for excellent instruction. They memorialize Robert H. and Ruth M. Kroepsch and her parents, Walter C. and Mary L. Maurice. Robert H. Kroepsch served as Registrar and Dean of Administration at UVM from 1946-56. Ruth graduated from UVM in 1938 and her father, Walter Maurice, graduated from UVM in 1909. All four were teachers. The Kroepsch-Maurice Awards are administered under the authority of the Office of the Provost in support of academic excellence in teaching and learning.  Each year one faculty member in each of the four rank categories (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Clinical Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) receives this honor. Each recipient will receive $1,250.

All full-time UVM faculty members engaged in undergraduate teaching, with the exception of previous award winners, are eligible for the award. A list of previous award winners is found here.

Nominations are due May 27, 2022 by completing the Kroepsch-Maurice Nomination Form.

Areas considered for selection include:

  • Nominees must teach undergraduate courses in order to be eligible
  • Excellence in instruction, including creation of an environment conducive to/encouragement of learning
  • Capacity to animate students and engage them in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and application
  • Innovation in teaching methods and/or curriculum development
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity, inclusive excellence and to Advancing Diversity and Inclusion at UVM
  • Ability to motivate, challenge, and inspire students
  • Adherence to Our Common Ground for lifelong learning:  respect, integrity, innovation, openness, justice, and responsibility

Process Timeline

- Call for Nominations - April, 2022
- Nominations due - May 27, 2022
- Faculty Notifications - Early Fall semester 2022
- Nomination Materials due - October 15, 2022
- Award announcement - Spring semester 2023

Excellence in Teaching: A Discussion with the 2016 Kroepsch-Maurice Award Recipients