President's Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers


The President's Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers at Georgetown University recognize and celebrate the integration of outstanding research and excellence in teaching at our University. The Awards not only honor the individual recipients but also emphasize standards of excellence at Georgetown.

The Awards

Each year, the President names outstanding full-time faculty members to receive the awards and be recognized as Presidential Fellows. Award recipients receive an annual grant of $10,000 for three academic years to support their scholarship. The recipients of the President’s Awards are announced at the following Fall Faculty Convocation.


*This year's call for nominations is closed. 

All members of the community are invited to nominate exceptional faculty members who are dedicated both to ambitious research that is highly regarded and to the sort of student engagement and excellence in teaching that is the hallmark of our student-centered research university.

A committee named by the President composed of senior faculty and previous award winners from across the University will review nominations received from the Georgetown community and recommend a short list of candidates for final selection.

In our selection, we will keep in mind that distinguished scholarship can take on vastly different forms depending on the scholar's field, and that it is animated and documented in many ways. Likewise, we will look for evidence of faculty members' teaching excellence not only in course evaluations, but also in other sources, such as student mentoring, including dissertation, project, laboratory and clinical supervision, and in the accomplishments of their students after leaving Georgetown. We encourage you to highlight such evidence in your nominating statement. We recognize that nominations from students may focus on the teaching element, while faculty colleague nominations may focus more on scholarly achievements. That said, the strongest candidates will show exceptional accomplishments at the intersection of these two elements of our mission. Renominations are welcome.

Along with the nominating statement of support, the EVPs' offices will provide additional materials reflecting the nominated faculty members' accomplishments in teaching and scholarship to the faculty review committee.

Please nominate candidates by submitting a brief statement of support to

Previous Honorees


  • James K. Freericks, Ph.D.

    Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Physics
    Department of Physics
  • G. William Rebeck, Ph.D.
    Professor of Neuroscience
    Department of Neuroscience
  • Alexander Sens, Ph.D.
    Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor of Hellenic Studies
    Department of Classics


  • Darlene V. Howard, Ph.D.
    Davis Family Distinguished Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • Donald C. Langevoort, J.D.
    Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law 
    Georgetown University Law Center
  • Anton Wellstein, M.D.
    Professor of Oncology and Pharmacology 
    Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center


  • Derek Goldman, Ph.D. VIEW VIDEO
    Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center
    Professor of Theater and Performance Studies
    Department of Performing Arts
    Georgetown College
  • Christian Wolf, Ph.D. VIEW VIDEO
    Department of Chemistry
    Georgetown College


  • James Collins, Ph.D. VIEW VIDEO
    Department of History
    Georgetown College
  • Karen Gale, Ph.D. (Posthumous) VIEW VIDEO
    Professor of Pharmacology
    Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
    Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Philip Schrag, J.D. VIEW VIDEO
    Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law
    and the Director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies
    Georgetown University Law Center


  • Der-Chen Chang, Ph.D.
    Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Georgetown College
  • Richard Schlegel, M.D. Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Pathology
    Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Georgetown University Medical Center