Barnard Awards Faculty Members with Distinguished Teaching and Research Honors

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College History Each spring, Barnard College presents selected faculty with awards to honor their commitment to exceptional teaching and research. Here are this year’s honorees.

Excellence in Teaching Award

The commendation for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty members who have made a difference in the teaching climate of the College. This year features two awardees.

Martin Stute, Professor and Co-Chair, Environmental Science
Şevin Yıldız, Term Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
Martin StuteMartin Stute, professor and co-chair of environmental science, holds concurrent positions as adjunct senior research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and as faculty member of Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Stute teaches courses in hydrology and workshop for sustainable development, and he leads the joint Barnard/Columbia Senior Research Seminar. His research interests include water resources, contaminant transport in groundwater, carbon sequestration, unconventional gas production, paleoclimate, mathematical modeling of environmental phenomena, and the social and economic impact of global environmental change.


Şevin YıldızŞevin Yıldız, term assistant professor in urban studies, works on regional comprehensive plans and resilient design strategies in metropolitan areas. She teaches courses on global comparative urban development. Her book project, a product of her larger scholarly interests in land-use conflicts and the design of the ecological edge in cities at the onset of the significant climatic changes, focuses on the comprehensive spatial analysis of the New Jersey Meadowlands. She is currently working on a comparative analysis of subcenter developments in Tokyo and New York.  


Gladys Brooks Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

The Gladys Brooks Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes considerable individual achievements of tenure-track/tenure-eligible assistant professors. This year features two winners.

Karen Lewis, Assistant Professor, Philosophy 
Ellen Morris ’91, Assistant Professor, Classics and Ancient Studies
Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis, assistant professor of philosophy, draws her work from current theories in linguistics. She has particular interest in dynamic semantics, the semantics-pragmatics distinction, the nature of pragmatics, context, anaphora, and counterfactual conditionals. She also has interests in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and metaphysics, particularly in their intersection with language. 


Ellen MorrisEllen Morris ’91, assistant professor of classics and ancient studies, has published extensively on subjects related to ancient Egyptian imperialism, including Ancient Egyptian Imperialism (2018). Her ongoing research interests focus on the dynamics of political fragmentation, state formation, sexuality and sacred performance, retainer sacrifice, landscape theory, and divine kingship. She has excavated in the Nile Valley at Abydos and Mendes, and at the site of Amheida in the Dakhleh Oasis. 


Emily Gregory Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Emily Gregory Award, named after the first female full professor at Columbia University, is the only student-nominated and -selected teaching award. It acknowledges one Barnard faculty member each year for her or his teaching excellence and devotion and service to Barnard students. 

Russell Romeo, Associate Professor, Psychology and the Neuroscience and Behavior Program
Russel Romeo

Russell Romeo, associate professor of psychology and in the neuroscience and behavior program, teaches such courses as Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychobiology of Stress, and Senior Research Seminars. His research laboratory studies the effects of pubertal maturation on brain and behavior. In 2017, Romeo also won

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