Woodward Awarded 2021 Gitner Prize for Faculty Excellence

John D. Woodward Jr., Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has been awarded the Pardee School’s 2021 Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Prize for Faculty Excellence.

The Gitner Faculty Prize, established in 2015, is open to all full-time faculty and is awarded for excellence in teaching and mentoring students and for advancing the School’s mission. A committee composed of past winners assists the Dean in selecting the winner from the nominations received.

One group of nominating students describe him as “consistently engaging and thought-provoking.” They say that he “emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving,” and makes them “think on [their] feet.” But they also talk lovingly of his “generosity and devotion to his students.” As one student, who seems to have taken every class he could with Woodward, wrote, “beyond his extraordinary teaching skills and above-and-beyond service to students, Professor Woodward is the perfect example of dedication to the Pardee School vision.”

Past winners of the Gitner Family Prize for Faculty Excellence include Professor of International Relations and History Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and of Political Science and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs William Grimes, Assistant Professor of International Relations Noora Lori, Professor of International Relations and History William KeylorAssistant Professor of International Relations Jeremy Menchik, Assistant Professor of International Relations Kaija Schilde, and Professor of the Practice of International Relations Ambassador Robert Loftis.