Congratulations to former graduate student Kelly Alexander 2021 Award-Winning Teacher

Kelly Alexander

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are delighted to share with you the recipients of the 2021 Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards, which were presented at the Arts & Sciences Council meeting on Thursday, September 9 by the Committee on Undergraduate Teaching. The council altered its submission process this year, asking for the usual nominations from academic departments but supplementing those with statements directly from the nominees. What they submitted was truly inspiring.

These individuals challenge Duke students to think deeply about fraught topics and develop intersectional perspectives. They harness the power of storytelling to engage lecture halls full of undergraduates or spark excitement through fascinating seminars. They write about steadily innovating course structures over their time at Duke – whether that be four years or two decades. And many touched on the undeniable impact of COVID-19 on our faculty’s ability to deliver this world-class liberal arts education, and on our students’ efforts to learn and thrive in spite of a global pandemic.

Without further ado, please join us in congratulating each of these honorees:


David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Award in the Natural Sciences

Alison Hill of Biology


Howard D. Johnson Award in the Social Sciences

Rebecca Stein of Cultural Anthropology


Richard K. Lublin Award in the Humanities

Kelly Alexander of the Center for Documentary Studies


Robert B. Cox Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award

Bridgette Hard of Psychology & Neuroscience


With gratitude,


Valerie Ashby

Dean, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences


Martin P. Smith

Dean of Academic Affairs, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences