This award recognizes, encourages, and rewards superior teachers – individuals whose command of their respective disciplines, teaching methodologies, communications skills, concern for student performance, and commitment to the learning process exemplify the teacher/mentor model.

The award is not intended to be a popularity contest. It is designed to distinguish those teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and who ensure academic rigor in their courses.

College-Level Winners

  • Wichinsky
    Dr. Lillian Wichinsky
    Well-Defined Pedagogue Dr. Wichinsky is a full-time faculty member in the School of Social Work who has taught Policy I, II and Human Behavior…  
  • Thomas Wallace
    Mr. Thomas Wallace, III
    Well-Respected Teacher Mr. Thomas Wallace is an exceptional teacher who consistently earns rave reviews from his students. His student evaluations consistently have words and…  
  • Jim Vander Putten
    Dr. Jim Vander Putten
    Innovating Educator Dr. Jim Vander Putten has crystallized his teaching practice to focus on teaching leadership, developing student authors, discovering instructional innovation, and mentoring…  
  • Floyd Martin
    Dr. Floyd Martin
    Legacy of Art Dr. Floyd Martin has devoted himself to excellence in teaching throughout his 31 years of service to UALR. He has consistently…  
  • Lindsey Gustafson
    Ms. Lindsey Gustafson
    Scholarly Legal Writer Professor Lindsey Gustafson is a great teacher. She teaches writing courses to beginning law students. There is an old courthouse bench…  
  • Dr. Brian Berry
    Dr. Brian Berry
    Leader in Classroom Technology Dr. Brian Berry has been a member of the Department of Chemistry for almost six years. Since joining, he has…  
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    Stacy M. Pendergraft
    Merging Production Experiences with the Classroom When Associate Professor Stacy Pendergraft arrived 10 years ago at the UALR Department of Theatre, Arts and Dance,…