Awards and Honors

Awards & Honors

There are a variety of university-wide awards to honor faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for excellence in teaching, service, and research. Faculty Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research are managing the processes for nominations and selections of these awards.

Winners of the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence and the Bender Teaching Award will be inducted into the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence

  • Faculty members must be nominated by an undergraduate student for this award.
  • GW award for a tenured member of the faculty who regularly teaches undergraduate students.
  • The faculty member’s nomination must be supported by his or her department.
  • View a list of previous winners of the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Service

  • This award is presented annual to a tenured member of the faculty to recognize exceptional service to GW.
  • Emphasis will be put on service that is voluntary, above and beyond the usual or required faculty service, and on service that is university-wide.
  • View a list of previous winners of the Trachtenberg Prize for Service.

Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research)

  • This award is presented annual to a tenured member of the faculty that has made significant original contributions to research and/or creative endeavors.
  • The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding research accomplishments while they are being made rather than years afterward.
  • View a list of previous winners of the Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship.

Morton A. Bender Teaching Awards

  • Both Full-Time and Part-Time faculty are eligible for the awards.
  • Faculty may be nominated by a department chair, colleague, student, or they can self-nominate.
  • The faculty member has to have taught at GW for at least two consecutive years to be eligible for the awards.
  • The faculty member’s nomination must be supported by his or her department.
  • View a list of previous winners of the Bender Award.

Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award

  • This award is given to GW Graduate Assistants who have had at least three semesters of GA experience. The committee considers evaluations from students and supervising professors, as well as the quality of the GA’s academic work.
  • View a list of previous winners of the Amsterdam Award.