Rob DeRubeis is the 2015 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring and Melissa Hunt is the 2015 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty

The opening of the call for nominations for these awards reads, “ 'Distinguished teaching' is teaching that is intellectually demanding, unusually coherent, and permanent in its effect. The distinguished teacher has the capability of changing the way in which students view the subject they are studying. The distinguished teacher provides the basis for students to look with critical and informed perception at the fundamentals of a discipline, and s/he relates that discipline to other disciplines and to the worldview of the student. The distinguished teacher is accessible to students and open to new ideas, but also expresses his/her own views with articulate and informed understanding of an academic field. The distinguished teacher is fair, free from prejudice, and single-minded in the pursuit of truth.”