Distinguished Teachers Morse-Alumni

University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Each year since 1965-66, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as a resource for the whole faculty.

The award, named for a former dean of General College, is made possible through generous support of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Congratulations to the 2024 Award Recipients

Randal Barnes headshot
Department/Unit: Civil, Environmental & Geo- Engineering
College/Department: College of Science & Engineering
Campus: Twin Cities
Michael Boland headshot
Department/Unit: Applied Economics
College/Department: College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
Campus: Twin Cities
Jered Bright headshot
Department/Unit: Mathematics
College/Department: Center for Learning Innovation
Campus: Rochester
Laura Carr headshot
Department/Unit: Mathematics & Statistics
College/Department: Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Campus: Duluth
Siobhan Craig
Department/Unit: English
College/Department: College of Liberal Arts
Campus: Twin Cities
Jerry Luckhardt headshot
Department/Unit: Music
College/Department: College of Liberal Arts
Campus: Twin Cities
William Pomerantz headshot
Department/Unit: Chemistry
College/Department: College of Science & Engineering
Campus: Twin Cities
Elliot Powell headshot
Department/Unit: American Studies
College/Department: College of Liberal Arts
Campus: Twin Cities
Malini Srivastava headshot
Department/Unit: Architecture
College/Department: College of Design
Campus: Twin Cities
David Syring headshot
Department/Unit: Studies in Justice, Culture & Social Change
College/Department: College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Campus: Duluth
Cassidy Terrell headshot
Department/Unit: Biochemistry
College/Department: Center for Learning Innovation
Campus: Rochester
James Van de Ven headshot
Department/Unit: Mechanical Engineering
College/Department: College of Science & Engineering
Campus: Twin Cities

2023 Award Recipients

Geography
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Duluth

English
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Spanish
Division of Humanities
Morris

Writing
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences & Education
Crookston

Center for Learning Innovation
Rochester

English, Linguistics, & Writing Studies
College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
Duluth

Biology
Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Duluth

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Center for Learning Innovation
Rochester

Sociology
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

2022 Award Recipients

Institute for Global Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Agricultural & Natural Resources
Crookston

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Public Health
Twin Cities

Electrical & Computer Engineering
College of Science & Engineering
Twin Cities

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Morris

Civil Engineering
Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Duluth

Center for Learning Innovation
Rochester

Educational Psychology
College of Education & Human Development
Twin Cities

Theatre Arts & Dance
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

2021 Award Recipients

Chemistry
Department of Math, Science and Technology
Crookston

Psychology
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

English
Division of Humanities
Morris

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities

History
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Computer Science
Division of Science and Mathematics,
Morris

Biomedical Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
Twin Cities

Computer Science & Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
Twin Cities

2020 Award Recipients

Art History
Division of Humanities
Morris

Physics & Astronomy
College of Science & Engineering

Design, Housing, & Apparel
College of Design

Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
College of Science & Engineering

History
College of Liberal Arts

Horticultural Science
College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences

Earth & Environmental Sciences
College of Science & Engineering

Biology Teaching & Learning
College of Biological Sciences

2019 Award Recipients

Design, Housing & Apparel
College of Design
Twin Cities

English
College of Liberal Arts

Civil, Environmental & Geo- Engineering
College of Science & Engineering

Computer Science & Engineering
College of Science & Engineering

Industrial & Systems Engineering
College of Science & Engineering

Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing
College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences

2018 Award Recipients

Management Studies
Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Duluth

Political Science
Division of the Social Sciences
Morris

Anthropology
Anthropology
Duluth

Earth Sciences
College of Science & Engineering

Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Biology Teaching and Learning
College of Biological Sciences

African American & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Studio Art
Division of the Humanities
Morris

2017 Award Recipients

Asian Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts

Chemistry
College of Science & Engineering

Center for Learning Innovation
Rochester

English and American Indian Studies
Division of the Humanities
Morris

School of Journalism & Mass Communications
College of Liberal Arts

Geography, Environment & Society
College of Liberal Arts

Applied Economics
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

English
College of Liberal Arts

Theatre Arts & Dance
College of Liberal Arts

2016 Award Recipients

Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Science and Engineering

French and Italian
College of Liberal Arts

Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering

Education
Duluth

Psychology
Division of Social Sciences
Division of Social Sciences Morris

History
College of Liberal Arts

Music
College of Liberal Arts

2015 and Prior Award Recipients

Award Year: 2015
French
Morris

Award Year: 2015
Psychology

Award Year: 2015
Construction & Facility Management

Award Year: 2015
Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Award Year: 2015
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 2015
Classical and Near East Studies

Award Year: 2015
Chemistry
Morris

Award Year: 2015
Chemistry

Award Year: 2014
History

Award Year: 2014
Biology Program

Award Year: 2014
Division of Humanities
Morris

Award Year: 2014
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Award Year: 2014
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Award Year: 2014
Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

Award Year: 2014
Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Award Year: 2014
Chemistry

Award Year: 2013
Social Sciences
Morris

Award Year: 2013
Computer Science & Engineering

Award Year: 2013
Food, Science & Nutrition

Award Year: 2013
Design, Housing & Apparel

Award Year: 2013
Liberal Arts & Education
Crookston

Award Year: 2013
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 2013
Plant Biology

Award Year: 2012
Forest Resources

Award Year: 2012
Political Science

Award Year: 2012
Physics and Astronomy

Award Year: 2012
Chemical Engineering
Duluth

Award Year: 2012
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Award Year: 2011
Chemistry

Award Year: 2011
History

Award Year: 2011
Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Award Year: 2011
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Award Year: 2011
Early Childhood Education
Crookston

Award Year: 2011
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 2011
Secondary Education
Morris

Award Year: 2010
Political Science

Award Year: 2010
Chemistry

Award Year: 2010
Geology & Geophysics

Award Year: 2010
Education
Morris

Award Year: 2010
English

Award Year: 2010
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics

Award Year: 2009
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Award Year: 2009
Marketing
Duluth

Award Year: 2009
Mathematics & Statistics
Duluth

Award Year: 2009
Chemistry

Award Year: 2009
Natural Resources
Crookston

Award Year: 2009
Horticultural Science

Award Year: 2009
Music
Duluth

Award Year: 2009
Geology & Geophysics

Award Year: 2008
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Award Year: 2008
English
Morris

Award Year: 2008
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 2008
Political Science

Award Year: 2008
Astronomy

Award Year: 2008
Chemistry

Award Year: 2008
Mathematics
Morris

Award Year: 2008
Forest Resources

Award Year: 2007
Marketing
Duluth

Award Year: 2007
Soil, Water, & Climate

Award Year: 2007
Chemistry

Award Year: 2007
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 2007
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Award Year: 2007
Political Science
Morris

Award Year: 2007
Sociology

Award Year: 2006
Art History

Award Year: 2006
Chemistry

Award Year: 2006
Social Studies
Morris

Award Year: 2006
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Award Year: 2006
Applied Economics

Award Year: 2006
Biological Sciences

Award Year: 2006
Animal Science

Award Year: 2006
History

Award Year: 2005
English

Award Year: 2005
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 2005
Chemistry

Award Year: 2005
Psychology

Award Year: 2005
Management Studies
Duluth

Award Year: 2005
Animal Science

Award Year: 2004
Natural Resources
Crookston

Award Year: 2004
Humanities
Morris

Award Year: 2004
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Award Year: 2004
English

Award Year: 2003
Science & Mathematics
Morris

Award Year: 2003
Genetics, Cell Biology & Development

Award Year: 2003
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 2003
Political Science

Award Year: 2003
Chemistry

Award Year: 2003
English

Award Year: 2003
English Language & Literature

Award Year: 2003
Psychology
Morris

Award Year: 2002
Child Development

Award Year: 2002
Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Award Year: 2002
Science & Mathematics
Morris

Award Year: 2002
Theater
Duluth

Award Year: 2002
American Studies

Award Year: 2002
Political Science

Award Year: 2002
Microbiology

Award Year: 2002
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 2001
Nursing

Award Year: 2001
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 2001
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 2001
Education
Duluth

Award Year: 2001
Political Science

Award Year: 2001
Genetics, Cell Biology & Development

Award Year: 2001
Humanities
Morris

Award Year: 2001
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

Award Year: 2000
English
Duluth

Award Year: 2000
Forest Resources

Award Year: 2000
Science & Mathematics
Morris

Award Year: 2000
English

Award Year: 2000
Management Studies
Duluth

Award Year: 2000
Physics

Award Year: 2000
History

Award Year: 2000
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1999
General College

Award Year: 1999
Economics
Morris

Award Year: 1999
Child Development

Award Year: 1999
Forest Resources

Award Year: 1999
Psychology
Morris

Award Year: 1999
Civil Engineering

Award Year: 1999
English

Award Year: 1999
English

Award Year: 1998
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Award Year: 1998
Design, Housing & Apparel

Award Year: 1998
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 1998
English
Duluth

Award Year: 1998
Astronomy

Award Year: 1997
Geology & Geophysics

Award Year: 1997
Biochemistry

Award Year: 1997
Veterinary Pathobiology

Award Year: 1997
Physics

Award Year: 1997
Science & Mathematics
Morris

Award Year: 1997
Natural Resources
Crookston

Award Year: 1997
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Duluth

Award Year: 1997
Women's Studies

Award Year: 1996
Soil, Water, & Climate

Award Year: 1996
Chemistry

Award Year: 1996
Animal Science

Award Year: 1996
Communication
Duluth

Award Year: 1996
Plant Biology

Award Year: 1996
Geography

Award Year: 1996
Studio Art
Morris

Award Year: 1996
Women's Studies

Award Year: 1996
Political Science

Award Year: 1996
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1995
English Language & Literature

Award Year: 1995
Plant Biology

Award Year: 1995
Educational Psychology

Award Year: 1995
Horticultural Science

Award Year: 1995
Physics

Award Year: 1995
Education
Duluth

Award Year: 1995
General College

Award Year: 1995
Communication Disorders

Award Year: 1995
English Language & Literature

Award Year: 1995
Political Science

Award Year: 1994
Sociology

Award Year: 1994
Political Science

Award Year: 1994
Animal Science

Award Year: 1994
Instructional Development Service
Duluth

Award Year: 1994
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning

Award Year: 1994
Music

Award Year: 1994
Physics

Award Year: 1994
Geography

Award Year: 1994
Geology

Award Year: 1994
Rhetoric

Award Year: 1993
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Award Year: 1993
Afro-American & African Studies

Award Year: 1993
Humanities
Morris

Award Year: 1993
Genetics & Cell Biology

Award Year: 1993
Journalism & Mass Communication

Award Year: 1993
Psychology

Award Year: 1993
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Duluth

Award Year: 1993
Chemistry

Award Year: 1993
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1993
Biochemistry

Award Year: 1992
Theater/Fine Arts
Duluth

Award Year: 1992
Political Science

Award Year: 1992
Philosophy

Award Year: 1992
English
Duluth

Award Year: 1992
Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Award Year: 1992
Genetics & Cell Biology

Award Year: 1992
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Award Year: 1992
Slavic Languages & Literatures

Award Year: 1992
Epidemiology

Award Year: 1992
Pharmaceutics

Award Year: 1991
Classical & Near Eastern Studies/Art

Award Year: 1991
Biology
Morris

Award Year: 1991
Pharmacy Practice

Award Year: 1991
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1991
Business & Economics
Duluth

Award Year: 1991
American Studies

Award Year: 1991
Landscape Architecture

Award Year: 1991
Plant Biology

Award Year: 1991
Horticultural Science

Award Year: 1991
Architecture

Award Year: 1990
Social Work

Award Year: 1990
Institute of Child Development

Award Year: 1990
General College

Award Year: 1990
Geology
Morris

Award Year: 1990
Rhetoric

Award Year: 1990
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biophysics

Award Year: 1990
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1990
Chemistry

Award Year: 1990
General College

Award Year: 1990
Nursing

Award Year: 1989
Ecology & Behavioral Biology

Award Year: 1989
Psychology

Award Year: 1989
English

Award Year: 1989
History

Award Year: 1989
Economics
Duluth

Award Year: 1989
Animal Science

Award Year: 1989
Political Science

Award Year: 1989
Agronomy & Plant Genetics

Award Year: 1989
Pharmaceutics

Award Year: 1988
Nursing

Award Year: 1988
Political Science

Award Year: 1988
Physics

Award Year: 1988
English

Award Year: 1988
General College

Award Year: 1988
Food Science & Nutrition

Award Year: 1988
Educational Psychology

Award Year: 1988
Political Science

Award Year: 1988
Journalism

Award Year: 1987
General College

Award Year: 1987
Botany

Award Year: 1987
Computer Science

Award Year: 1987
Political Science

Award Year: 1987
Physics

Award Year: 1987
General College

Award Year: 1987
Music

Award Year: 1987
Political Science

Award Year: 1987
Waseca

Award Year: 1986
Business & Economics
Duluth

Award Year: 1986
Mathematics

Award Year: 1986
General College

Award Year: 1986
History

Award Year: 1986
Vocational & Technical Education

Award Year: 1986
Pharmaceutics

Award Year: 1986
Genetics & Cell Biology

Award Year: 1986
Anthropology

Award Year: 1986
Geography

Award Year: 1985
Pharmacy

Award Year: 1985
Waseca

Award Year: 1985
Liberal Arts

Award Year: 1985
History
Morris

Award Year: 1985
General College

Award Year: 1985
Geology
Duluth

Award Year: 1985
Work, Community & Family Education

Award Year: 1985
Political Science

Award Year: 1985
General College

Award Year: 1984
History
Morris

Award Year: 1984
Animal Science

Award Year: 1984
General College

Award Year: 1984
History

Award Year: 1984
Classics

Award Year: 1984
Curriculum and Instruction

Award Year: 1984
General College

Award Year: 1984
Medical School

Award Year: 1984
Genetics & Cell Biology

Award Year: 1983
Agriculture

Award Year: 1983
Forest Products

Award Year: 1983
Philosophy

Award Year: 1983
General College

Award Year: 1983
Mathematical Science
Duluth

Award Year: 1983
Family Social Science

Award Year: 1983
Geology
Morris

Award Year: 1982
Nursing

Award Year: 1982
General College

Award Year: 1982
English

Award Year: 1982
Waseca

Award Year: 1982
English

Award Year: 1982
History
Morris

Award Year: 1982
English

Award Year: 1981
Agronomy & Plant Genetics

Award Year: 1981
Pharmacy

Award Year: 1981
General College

Award Year: 1981
Geology
Duluth

Award Year: 1981
Business Administration

Award Year: 1981
Music

Award Year: 1981
German, Scandinavian & Dutch

Award Year: 1980
Business & Distributive Education

Award Year: 1980
English

Award Year: 1980
General College

Award Year: 1980
Psychology
Duluth

Award Year: 1980
Chemistry
Morris

Award Year: 1980
Food Science & Nutrition

Award Year: 1980
Art History
Morris

Award Year: 1979
Soil Science

Award Year: 1979
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics

Award Year: 1979
Philosophy
Morris

Award Year: 1979
Agricultural Engineering

Award Year: 1979
Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology

Award Year: 1979
History

Award Year: 1979
Business Administration
Duluth

Award Year: 1978
Child Development

Award Year: 1978
Agriculture/Human Ecology

Award Year: 1978
Biochemistry

Award Year: 1978
Humanities

Award Year: 1978
Business Administration

Award Year: 1978
Liberal Arts

Award Year: 1978
General College

Award Year: 1977
Waseca

Award Year: 1977
General College

Award Year: 1977
Pharmacy

Award Year: 1977
Psychology
Morris

Award Year: 1977
Music
Morris

Award Year: 1977
Anthropology

Award Year: 1977
Linguistics

Award Year: 1977
Medicinal Technology

Award Year: 1976
English

Award Year: 1976
Biology
Duluth

Award Year: 1976
English

Award Year: 1976
Mathematical Sciences
Duluth

Award Year: 1976
Zoology

Award Year: 1976
Sociology

Award Year: 1976
Continuing Education & Extension

Award Year: 1976
Chemistry
Morris

Award Year: 1975
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1975
Religious Studies/Classics

Award Year: 1975
Education
Duluth

Award Year: 1975
General College

Award Year: 1975
Institute of Technology

Award Year: 1975
Food Science & Nutrition

Award Year: 1975
Studio Arts

Award Year: 1975
History
Morris

Award Year: 1974
Art
Duluth

Award Year: 1974
French & Italian

Award Year: 1974
Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Award Year: 1974
General College

Award Year: 1974
Botany

Award Year: 1974
Mathematics
Morris

Award Year: 1974
Forest Biology

Award Year: 1974
Family Social Science

Award Year: 1973
Political Science
Morris

Award Year: 1973
Sociology

Award Year: 1973
Nursing

Award Year: 1972
Sociology/Anthropology
Duluth

Award Year: 1972
Psychology
Morris

Award Year: 1972
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Award Year: 1972
Distributive Education

Award Year: 1972
Mechanical Engineering

Award Year: 1972
General College

Award Year: 1971
Chemistry
Duluth

Award Year: 1971
History

Award Year: 1971
Agronomy & Plant Sciences

Award Year: 1971
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Award Year: 1971
General College

Award Year: 1971
Political Science
Morris

Award Year: 1970
General Chemistry Program

Award Year: 1970
Psychology
Duluth

Award Year: 1970
Psychology
Morris

Award Year: 1970
History

Award Year: 1970
University College

Award Year: 1970
Genetics & Cell Biology

Award Year: 1969
Biochemistry

Award Year: 1969
Speech & Theatre
Morris

Award Year: 1969
English

Award Year: 1969
Pharmaceutics

Award Year: 1969
Forestry

Award Year: 1969
Philosophy
Morris

Award Year: 1968
Accounting

Award Year: 1968
Electrical Engineering

Award Year: 1968
English
Morris

Award Year: 1968
History

Award Year: 1968
Industrial Education

Award Year: 1968
Agronomy & Plant Genetics

Award Year: 1967
Neurology

Award Year: 1967
History
Morris

Award Year: 1967
Home Economics Education

Award Year: 1967
General College

Award Year: 1967
Classics

Award Year: 1967
Architecture

Award Year: 1966
Social Science Program

Award Year: 1966
English
Duluth

Award Year: 1966
Forestry