United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year: Past Awardees

The United Methodist Church has discontinued funding for the Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. For award years 2018 and following, please see the Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award.

2017 United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year: Amie Grills

School of Education, Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development
School of Education Professor Amie Grills (right) receives the 2017 United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from University Provost Jean Morrison at the annual Celebration of Teaching, Research & Scholarship on April 28. (Photo by Jackie Ricciardi for Boston University Photography)

School of Education Professor Amie Grills (right) receives the 2017 United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from University Provost Jean Morrison at the annual Celebration of Teaching, Research & Scholarship on April 28. (Photo by Jackie Ricciardi for Boston University Photography)

Professor Amie Grills exemplifies the three principles of the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award: a record of ongoing, outstanding research; proven excellence as a teacher; and a professional history of dedication and contributions to the learning arts.

Since joining Boston University five years ago, Professor Grills has worked tirelessly to turn the teaching of counseling psychology into something very real and relevant for her students. With an evolving approach that weds evidence-based and experiential teaching practices with the continual feedback of students and peers, Professor Grills has earned the admiration both of colleagues and those who leave her courses well-prepared for the rigors of conducting high-quality research.

“I love Dr. Grills,” writes one student. “She is so enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and ‘real.’ I can tell she’s dedicated to teaching [and] improving the masters program.” “Her passion was contagious throughout the semester,” writes another. “She’s flexible, realistic, and super-informative.”

Professor Grills’s impactful scholarship precedes her, having produced a multitude of major grants and publications. She has provided leadership in her program’s accreditation effort through the American Psychological Association and in shaping new master’s and Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development.

Writes her nominator, “Dr. Grills [has the] ability to do it all… She exemplifies what it means to be a triple threat: excelling at research, teaching, and service.”

2016 John Straub, CAS, Chemistry
2015 Carrie Preston, CAS, English
2014 Thomas Gilmore, CAS, Biology
2013 Bennett Goldberg, CAS, Physics
2012 Alice Cronin-Golomb, CAS, Psychology
2011 Wendy Mariner, SPH, Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights
2010 Azer Bestavros, CAS, Computer Science
2009 Ward Farnsworth, LAW
2008 Bruce Schulman, CAS, History
2007 Adam Sweeting, CGS, Humanities
2006 Charles Rzepka, CAS, English
2005 Bonnie Costello, CAS, English
2004 David Hempton, STH
2003 Maryann Amodeo, SSW, Clinical Practice
2002 Elizabeth Simmons, CAS, Physics
2001 Herbert W. Mason, CAS/UNI
2000 Roye Wates, CAS, Music
1999 Natalie McKnight, CGS, Humanities
1998 Benjamin Kaminer, MED
1997 Robert Devaney, CAS, Mathematics
1996 Roselmina Indrisano, SED
1995 Tomás Kohn, SMG
1994 Paula Fredricksen, CAS/STH
1993 Roscoe Giles, ENG
1992 Marilyn Root, COM
1991 J. Paul Sampley, STH
1990 Kevin Ryan, SED
1989 Kathleen White, CLA, Psychology
1988 William Keylor, CLA, History
1987 Gloria Callard, CLA, Biology
1986 Barry Granoff, CLA, Mathematics
1985 Roger Manvell, UNI/COM
1984 Howard C. Kee, GRS, STH
1983 Lynn Margulis, CLA, Biology
1982 James Teele, CLA, Sociology