Teaching Awards

The Metcalf Cup, Prize, and Awards were established in 1973 by a gift from the late Dr. Arthur G. B. Metcalf to create “a systematic procedure for the review of the quality of teaching at Boston University and the identification and advancement of those members of the faculty who excel as teachers.” Excellence in teaching requires mastery of the subject matter, lucidity of exposition, and thorough, thoughtful evaluation of student work.


2009   Professor Peter Busher

1997   Professor Thomas Underwood

1983   Professor Robert Wexelblatt

1978   Professor Samuel Stern

1975   Professor Charles P. Fogg

Peyton Richter Awards

The Richter Award was established in 1988 and made possible by the gift of the Professors Fund given to the College by Mr. Gary Kraut, one of the College’s distinguished alumni.

The Richter Award, derived from the Professors Fund, honors the vital contributions made by Professor Peyton Richter to interdisciplinary teaching for nearly four decades. Recipients are recognized for their excellence in interdisciplinary teaching.


2014  Lynn Hallstein

2013   Jeffery Vail

2012   Gregg Jaeger

2011   Davida Pines

2010   Thomas Whalen

2009   Adam Sweeting

2008   Megan Sullivan

2007   John McGrath

2004   Samuel Hammer

2003   Millard Baublitz

2002   Matthew Parfitt

2001   John Fawell

2001   Michael Mahon

2000   Natalie McKnight

1999   Ted Davis

1998   Michael Kort

1997   Linda Wells

1996   Peter Busher

1995   Jay Zawacki

1994   James Wilcox

1993   Robert Wexelblatt

1992   Fred Koss

1991   Jay Corrin

1990   Robert Hayes

1990   June Grasso

1990   Robert Schoch

1990   Sally Sommers Smith

Dr. Ismail Sensel Award

The Dr. Ismail Sensel Award Fund was established in 2004 with a gift from Dr. Sensel’s estate for the purpose of recognizing and honoring outstanding professors. Recipients of the award are selected by the Dean of the College of General Studies, in consultation with the CGS Alumni Association and its Student Advisory Board. Special consideration may be given to the professors’ research and/or curriculum development projects.


2013-2014   Neal Leavitt

2012-2013   Cheryl Boots

2011-2012   Kevin Stoehr

2010-2011    Regina Hansen

2009–2010    Susan Lee

2008–2009   Kathleen Martin

2007–2008   Joellen Masters

2006–2007   Gregg Jaeger

2005–2006   Polly Rizova

2004–2005   Meg Tyler

Methodist Scholar/Teacher

The award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution. BU traces its founding to the Newbury Biblical Institute, the first Methodist seminary in the United States.

Professor Natalie McKnight won the 1999 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, established by the United Methodist Church and conferred at colleges and universities historically affiliated with it.

In 2006 Professor Adam Sweeting was also honored as the United Methodist Church Scholar / Teacher of the Year.

Scarlet Key

Scarlet Key was founded in 1938 as an activities honor society whose members vote in new members annually; students were informed of their induction by being “tapped” by an existing member. The organization held a formal initiation ceremony each spring and fall and also sponsored a semiformal dance at the University President’s home. Before the early 1970s, Scarlet Key members often served as hosts for University events, much like the President’s Hosts do today. As Scarlet Key continues to grow, many of its more than 1,500 alumni have taken on leadership positions in the University. Ten members of the current Board of Trustees were Scarlet Key recipients. Three members of the Executive Committee of the Boston University Association belong to Scarlet Key, as do numerous faculty members. Honorary recipients include Presidents emeriti John Silber and Aram Chobanian.

The establishment of this high honor by the Dean of Students is in keeping with our continuing effort to give special recognition to those who, through their distinguished accomplishments, have made notable contributions to Boston University.

CGS honorees include:

2006   Maureen Foley-Reese

2005   Assistant Dean Stacy Godnick

2001   Dean Linda Wells

1997   Associate Dean Donald Dunbar

NACADA Outstanding Academic Advisor

Dr. Maureen Foley-Reese was honored with the 1997 National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award in Kansas City.

James E. Conway Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing

Paul Thur was the recipient of the 2004 James E. Conway Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing at the Harvard University Extension School.

Janice Thaddeus Teaching Prize

Before coming to CGS, Professor John Mackey was Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University, where he received the Janice Thaddeus Teaching Prize in 2004.

Donald T. White Teaching Excellence Award

Professor Stephanie Kermes won the Donald T. White Teaching Excellence Award while teaching at Boston College in 2003.

Professor Neal Leavitt won the Donald H. White Teaching Excellence award while teaching at Boston College, May 2001.