BYU announces 2021 faculty and staff awards at university conference


Brigham Young University announced its annual awards Monday at the 2021 University Conference at the Marriott Center on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the BYU Board of Trustees spoke during the conference and referred to the recipients.

“I pray for the fate and the course of all who serve here,” he said. “If you can’t say it, I’m really, really moved to see you, these people who have received various awards, who represent so many others. They really represent all of us, but in turn, they get an award for making the university work, from Lecturer Maeser to Chief Carpenter and many people in between and along the way.

The 2021 winners are:

Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Lecturer Award. This award, BYU’s most prestigious faculty award, is presented through the generosity of the Karl G. Maeser Scholarship Society. The recipient must have demonstrated a clear superiority in both scholarship and teaching.

  • Paul Savage, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Ben E. Lewis Management Award. This award recognizes an administrative employee for their exceptional management skills.

  • Jonathon Wood, Associate Director of the Global Business Center, Marriott School of Business.

Fred A. Schwendiman Award. This award recognizes a staff employee for their exemplary contributions to the university through consistent and superior service.

  • William McCausland, carpentry.

President’s Appreciation Award. This award recognizes staff and administrative staff for their exceptional service, creativity and competence.

  • Jan Christensen, School of Family Life.
  • Heather M. Hammond, English.
  • Denise R. Haney, compensation.
  • Anna K. Kennington, chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Heather Krieger, Teacher Education.
  • Cory W. Leonard, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
  • Karl A. Roylance, materials and supplies.
  • Kirsten R. Thompson, Center for Teaching and Learning.

Karl G. Maeser Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This award honors faculty members for their outstanding teaching accomplishments and is made possible through the generosity of the Karl G. Maeser Scholarship Society.

  • Eric H. Christiansen, geological sciences.
  • W. Spencer Guthrie, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Kory L. Katseanes, School of Music.

Karl G. Maeser Prize for Research and Creative Arts. This award honors faculty members for their outstanding research and creative achievement and is made possible through the generosity of the Karl G. Maeser Scholarship Society.

  • Gregory P. Nordin, electrical and computer engineering.
  • Brian R. Roberts, English.
  • Richard A. Robison, Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Award of Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in fulfilling the professional responsibilities of faculty and is made possible through the generosity of the Karl G. Maeser Scholarship Society.

  • Melissa P. Larson, School of Accountancy.
  • Brenden W. Rensink, history.
  • Jeffrey A. Sheets, School of Communications.

University Chair Prize. This award encourages and recognizes senior faculty members who are outstanding academics, teachers, and university citizens. It can specifically recognize excellence in scholarship and creative work or reward higher education in the classroom.

  • William F. Christensen, statistics.

Alumni Chair Prize. This award recognizes faculty members for the excellence of their teaching. The award comes with a three-year stipend made possible through the generosity of the BYU Alumni Association.

  • Len B. Novilla, public health.

Prize for the general education chair. This award encourages and recognizes outstanding contributions to general undergraduate education and honorary courses by faculty members who have pursued their scientific interests and provided service to the academic community.

  • Richard K. Watt, chemistry and biochemistry.

Abraham O. Smoot Citizenship Award. This award is given to university faculty members who have demonstrated sustained service and personal sacrifice to the BYU community.

  • Craig H. Hart, Faculty Center.

Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Graduate Studies. This award honors faculty members for their exemplary performance in teaching, research / creative work, and citizenship in graduate studies.

  • Wendy Baker-Smemoe, Linguistics.

Phi Kappa Phi Award. This award is presented to faculty members who have achieved excellence in their scholarly and creative endeavors, exemplify integrity, and have contributed to BYU through citizenship and service.

  • Stephanie F. Breinholt, Theater and Media Arts.

Adjunct Faculty Award of Excellence. This award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or other professional responsibilities over a period of at least five years.

  • Jenny B. Brooks, Psychology.
  • Julie A. Duncan, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science.
  • Kathryn L. Isaak, comparative arts and letters.
  • Teresa D. Love, theater and media arts.

BYU Class of 1949 Award for Young Teachers. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of junior faculty members. It is made possible thanks to the generosity of the 1949 class.

  • Jason S. Bergman, School of Music.

Sponsored Research Recognition Award. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding achievement in scholarly activities funded by external sponsors or who render significant services in support of sponsored research and creative programs.

Early career scholarships. This award encourages and recognizes the outstanding promises and contributions of young teachers in scholarship.

  • Wendy C. Birmingham, Psychology.
  • Jeffrey L. Jenkins, Information Systems.
  • S. Andrew Ning, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Darrin A. Ragozzine, physics and astronomy.

Technology transfer price. This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant research contributions that have led to the development of useful commercial products.

  • Michael D. Jones, computer science.

Prize for creative works. This award recognizes faculty members and academic staff who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the development of creative works that have been widely accepted and distributed nationally or internationally.

  • Devin N. Asay, digital humanities.

Early Career Education Award. This award encourages and recognizes outstanding promises and contributions in teaching by faculty at an early stage in their careers.

  • Kathryn L. Chou, communication disorders.
  • Seth R. Holladay, IT.
  • Rebekka Matheson, psychology.
  • Elliott D. Wise, comparative arts and letters.

Faculty teaching and learning scholarships. This scholarship recognizes the sacrifice and effort made by university support services to provide a shift in positions and budget to enhance teaching and learning.

  • Lawrence K. Egbert Faculty of Teaching and Learning Scholarship: Darrin M. Doud, mathematics.
  • Dean Fairbanks Faculty of Teaching and Learning Scholarship: Aaron M. Miller, Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics.
  • C. Joseph Rowberry Faculty of Teaching and Learning Scholarship: Ulrike H. Mitchell, Exercise Science.
  • Faculty of Teaching and Learning Douglas K. Christensen Scholarship: Cherice M. Montgomery, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Edwin Cozzens scholarship for teaching and learning: Daniel E. Smalley, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Steven M. Rose Faculty of Teaching and Learning Scholarship: Ellie L. Young, Counseling Psychology and Special Education.


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