BLOOMINGTON - Indiana University will celebrate excellence in teaching Friday. The university will present Distinguished Teaching Awards to 10 faculty members and one graduate student as a part of IU's Founders Day.

IU President Michael McRobbie will present the awards to the honorees, who are representing IU's Bloomington, Northwest, IUPUI and South Bend campuses. 

"At this celebration we honor the full spectrum of educators, from associate instructor to distinguished professor, as we recognize superior scholarship and creative activity, teaching excellence and exemplary service," said McRobbie. "These are some of IU's finest faculty members, whose efforts every day in the classroom, laboratory and studio transform the lives of students, preparing them for successful careers after graduation."

Four professors will receive the President's Award for Teaching, which recognizes outstanding teaching, research or service, according to the university. The recipients include:

  • Mark W. Bradford, an adjunct lecturer in management at IU South Bend
  • Gary M. Kern, an associate professor and chair of decision sciences at IU South Bend
  • Tim Hallett, an associate professor of sociology at IU Bloomington
  • Diane M. Larson, a senior lecturer in computer information systems at IU Northwest.

The Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award for outstanding teaching will be presented to Rachel La Touche, a doctoral candidate in sociology at IU Bloomington. The university says the award is given to "university graduate students who combine their programs of advanced study with instructional employment in their schools and departments."

Patricia McDougall-Covin, the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship will receive the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies. McDougall-Covin is also the director of the Institute for International Business in the IU Kelley School of Business.

The university previously announced the promotion of five scholars and researchers to distinguished professor, which is the highest academic rank within IU. They include:

  • Katy Börner, a visualization researcher from the School of Informatics and Computing
  • Roger P. Hangarter, a molecular plant biologist from the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Stanley Ritchie, a professor of violin and early music in the Jacobs School of Music
  • Eliot R. Smith, a researcher of cognition and emotions from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Dr. Bruce Molitoris, a researcher of renal disease in the IU School of Medicine's Department of Medicine in Indianapolis