The Founder’s Award

The Founder’s Award was established in 2008 by the Executive Council of the Academy of Teaching to recognize individuals for meritorious service in promoting teaching excellence on the campuses of The Ohio State University. The Founder’s Award is named for OSU President E. Gordon Gee, who, on April 4, 1992, announced his intent to form an academy of faculty who were past recipients of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (AADT), the most prestigious award for teaching at Ohio State. By establishing this award, the Academy’s Executive Board has expressed the desire to recognize distinguished service in furthering the mission of the Academy through any of the following activities:

  • Foster excellence in teaching
  • Promote the importance of teaching
  • Help improve the rewards for teaching
  • Help evaluate teaching
  • Help create good publicity for Ohio State
  • Promote a sense of community among Academy members
  • Work appropriately with other units at Ohio State

Nominees for the Founder’s Award may include those who have served in academic or administrative positions at the university, as well as alumni and other non-university individuals. The Executive Council collaboratively selects a recipient.

Recipients are given a custom-made gold leaf glass apple.

Glass Apple

(Following Dr. Gee’s inaugural award in 2009)

2017 Recipient: Dr. Caroline Breitenberger
Director, Center for Life Sciences Education

2016 Recipient: Staff of the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching


2015 Recipient: Dr. Susan Williams
Vice Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Susan Williams Founder's Award

2013 Recipient: Dr. Joe Donnermeyer
Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Joe Donnermeyer

2012 Recipient: Alumni Association Board of Directors
2012 Recipient: Alumni Association Board of Directors

2011 Recipient: Dr. Brian D. Joseph
Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Slavic and East European Languages and Literature

2011 Recipient: Dr. Brian D. Joseph