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- Distinguished Animal Behaviorist
- Exemplar Award
- Exceptional Service Award
- Outstanding New Investigator Award
- Quest Award
- Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award
- Richard Buchholz Conservation Behavior Award
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Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award
The Award Nominations Deadline has been extended to January 1, 2021.
History of the Award: The Distinguished Teaching Award is one of the annual Animal Behavior Society career awards that recognize contributions to the field of animal behavior. Since the first recipient, Jane Brockman (1995), distinguished recipients have included among others, Gail Michener (2000), John Alcock (2007), and Bill Eberhard (2009). In 2013, the Society changed the name of the award to the Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award, in recognition of the contributions made to animal behavior education by the late Penny Bernstein.
Award Criteria: Nominees must be ABS members who are not current officers or committee chairs. They must have a sustained record of excellent teaching in the classroom or informal education setting (e.g., zoos, aquaria, museums, 4-H programs, research labs, field stations, environmental centers). They should have a reputation among peers and students for excellence in educating people about animal behavior.
Please consider nominating a colleague whose educational accomplishments you admire! It is easy to know about our colleagues’ research by reading publications; it is much more difficult to know about their teaching excellence. Please take this opportunity to recognize colleagues who have demonstrated a sustained record of highly effective and innovative teaching.
We would also like to encourage nominating colleagues from groups underrepresented in STEM. Individuals with marginalized identities face many barriers to success in STEM and academia writ large, so being proactive about nominating these individuals for awards such as the PBDTA is essential to eliminate white supremacy in our culture.
Persons wishing to make a nomination should send a one-page letter providing evidence to support the nomination, and include names of at least two additional peer reviewers and two current or former students or program participants. Names of Department chairs, directors, supervisors, or colleagues may be helpful if you are not at the same institution as the nominee. Please note that self-nomination is encouraged. The Education Committee will solicit supporting materials from the nominee and the peer and student reviewers suggested by the nominator, and will review all materials received to select the awardee.
The recipient of this award receives recognition, a plaque from the Society, and the opportunity to organize an education-related event at an annual meeting.
Nominating letters should be submitted by January 1st, 2021, to: Darren Incorvaia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Distinguished Teaching Award||Year Awarded|
|H. Jane Brockman||1995|
|James L. Gould||1997|
|Gail R. Michener||2000|
|Robert W. Matthews||2002|
|George H. Waring||2005|
|William G. Eberhard||2009|
|Linda S. Rayor||2015|
|Jennifer E. Smith||2017|