Each year, we recognize the many ways our faculty have contributed to education at Calvin University through outstanding teaching in a variety of categories.
Faculty responsibilities are multi-faceted. The following targeted-teaching awards have been established to allow the university to recognize the variety of contributions faculty make to Calvin University.
Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching
2023 recipient: Matthew Heun (Engineering)
The Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching is testimony to the fact that the heart of a Christian liberal arts university is the teaching by its faculty. This award recognizes exemplary teachers and advances outstanding teaching at Calvin University.
FEN Award for Excellence in Teaching
2023 award recipient: Jane Zwart (English)
The annual From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes innovative and effective efforts by a Calvin University faculty member to promote a multicultural, anti-racist curriculum. It rewards the development and utilization of creative, original, effective teaching and materials that reflect any of the themes of FEN.
Innovative Teaching Award
2023 award recipient: Crystal Bruxvoort (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
The Innovative Teaching Award recognizes and encourages faculty members who have contributed significant, creative teaching innovations and strategies that promote effective and deeper learning.
Advising and Mentoring Award
2023 award recipients: Stacia Hoeksema (Sociology & Social Work); Dwight TenHuisen (World Languages)
The Advising and Mentoring Award recognizes and affirms the significant role of faculty advising and mentoring in forming the minds and shaping the lives of students.
Student-Faculty Research Award
2023 award recipient: Mark Muyskens (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
The Student-Faculty Research Award recognizes a Calvin faculty member with an outstanding record of working with student collaborators in his or her professional research and scholarship.
Community-Based Teaching Award
2023 award recipients: Dave Warners and Garrett Crow (Biology)
The Award for Community-Based Teaching recognizes faculty members who have pursued significant academic community engagement that promotes effective learning in partnership with the church, community organization, agency or business.
Collaborative Change Award
2023 award recipients: Michelle Loyd-Paige and Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
The Collaborative Change Award recognizes positive effects that teams of colleagues have on shaping professional academic culture of Calvin.
Teaching Excellence Award for Affiliated and Adjunct Faculty
2023 award recipients: Nick Cunigan (Historical Studies); Sara Vander Bie (Student Success)
The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellent teaching of students and faithful service to an academic department. It also acknowledges the significant role of affiliated and adjunct faculty in advancing the mission of Calvin University.
Exceptional Service Award
2023 award recipient: Marlys Admiraal (English)
The Exceptional Service Award recognizes exceptional service that has made significant contributions to the flourishing of the university.