AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering & Science

Nominations for 2023 AEESP Awards will open on November 1, 2022.

Please take a moment to read AEESP's Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure nominators and/or nominees do not pose a conflict of interest prior to submitting nominations.

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or science professor who is making outstanding contributions to the teaching of environmental engineering, both at the individual's home institution and beyond. The recipient of this award will receive a plaque, a cash prize of $500, and a $750 travel allotment to attend the awards ceremony. Previous winners are ineligible for this award.

This award recognizes excellence in classroom performance and related activities. Specifically, nomination packages should demonstrate that the nominee:

  • Possesses and is able to communicate interest in and breadth and depth in subject area knowledge;
  • Designs classroom, laboratory, field-based or other learning activities that challenge and motivate students and demand thinking and learning; and/or
  • Is committed to professional mentoring and academic advising of students.

Nomination packages should include: (1) a brief cover letter from the nominator, to include email and mailing addresses for both the nominator and nominee and a 50-word (max.) citation that may be used by the presenter when the winner is announced; (2) brief curriculum vitae (4-page maximum) for the nominee, (3) documentation related directly to the award criteria consisting of no more than 30 pages (including course evaluations with reference evaluation averages for the same or similar course sizes or levels from the nominee's department or college), (4) one (minimum) to three (maximum) letters of recommendation from current or past students; (5) one (minimum) to three (maximum) letters of recommendation from faculty, administrator, or industry peers; and (6) a teaching philosophy statement (500 word maximum) written by the nominee.

Although open to nomination at any rank, the award is intended primarily to recognize a demonstrated commitment to teaching early in a person's career. Therefore, preference is usually given to nominees who are at the assistant or associate level and have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate courses. Past nominations will be carried over and considered for three years and can be modified during this period.

*Eligibility: All AEESP members are eligible for this award, except for previous recipients of the award.  Although open to nomination at any rank, the award is intended primarily to recognize a demonstrated commitment to teaching early in a person's career.  Therefore, preference is usually given to nominees who are at the Assistant or Associate level and have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate courses.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the AEESP Awards Committee:
Dr. Helen Nguyen
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois
e-mail: thn@illinois.edu; Tel: 217-244-5965

The AEESP Foundation graciously thanks you for your generous donation towards our endowment target of $75,000:

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Institution
2022 David Sanchez University of Pittsburgh
2021 Kaoru Ikuma Iowa State University
2020 Daniel E. Giammar Washington University in St. Louis
2019 Caitlyn S. Butler University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2019 Jeremy S. Guest University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2018 Ashlynn Stillwell University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 Lee Blaney University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2016 Paola Passalacqua University of Texas at Austin
2015 Gajan Sivandran Ohio State University
2014 Andrew Ramsburg Tufts University
2013 Amy Landis Arizona State University
2012 Mira Olson Drexel University
2011 Shannon Bartelt-Hunt University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2010 Jeanine Plummer  Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2009 Jeanne VanBriesen Carnegie Mellon University
2008 Anna M. Michalak Universitiy of Michigan
2007 Joel Burken University of Missouri
2006 David Hand Michigan Technological University
2005 Say-Kee Ong Iowa State University
2004 Angela R. Bielefeldt University of Colorado, Boulder
2002 James A. Smith University of Virginia
2001 Susan M. Larson University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2000 Amy K. Zander Clarkson University