Craig Education Award

James L. Craig Excellence in EDUCATION Award

A good education begins with a thoughtful, well-prepared, and eager student, and a committed faculty member for whom teaching is critically important. Think about those faculty whose teaching—in a classroom, in a lab, or one-on-one—has made a difference in your life and nominate them for the Craig Award.

Established by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health alumnus James L. Craig, MD, (EOH ’63), this award recognizes faculty who have excelled in the teaching and mentoring of students. Craig awardees are nominated annually by Pitt Public Health students and selected by a committee of Pitt Public Health students and past Craig awardees.

Past Craig Award Honorees

Jeremy Martinson is recipient of 2022 Craig Teaching Award

2022 Craig Award winner, Jeremy Martinson, is an assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM), vice chair for research and program director of the Master of Public Health degree. “As a mentor, Dr. Martinson is extremely friendly and personable. He shows a genuine interest and cares for the well-being of students, and someone can talk to him about anything school or life-related. He is extremely knowledgeabl... 

Ding wins 2021 Craig Award

Congratulations to Ying Ding! "As a teacher, Dr. Ding can answer very hard theory questions as well as practical problems that students may have about statistics, and she is also experienced in inspiring a student's interests in statistics," said one nominator. Other nominators said she was accessible both in and out of the classroom and willing to encourage discussion and encourage work outside of the classroom.   

Shaffer selected for the 2020 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. John Shaffer (HUGEN '08), assistant professor of human genetics and oral biology, on being selected for the 2020 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. Craig awardees are nominated annually by students and selected by a committee of students and past awardees.   

HUGEN's Beth Roman receives 2019 Craig Teaching Award

Congratulations to HUGEN's Beth Roman on winning this year's award honoring faculty who have excelled in the teaching and mentoring of students. "Dr. Roman creates the best possible learning environment by making her classroom open to all questions, comments, and points of discussion. She actively seeks feedback from students in order to continually make improvements to the courses she teaches and is in charge of," said one nominator.   

EOH's Aaron Barchowsky receives 2018 Craig Teaching Award

Congratulations to EOH's AARON BARCHOWSKY who received the award for the passion and interest with which he teaches, for always encouraging his students, and his constant work to improve as an instructor. As one nominator put it, "He respects students and he is the best professor I've known."   

Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the 2017 Craig Teaching Award

In a spontaneous and touching gesture, HPM students leapt up to honor WESLEY ROHRER with a standing ovation when he was called to the podium to accept the Craig Teaching Award at the 2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation on Sunday. Rohrer serves as the director of the MHA Program in the Department of Health Policy and Management, where he is an associate professor and vice chair.   

BCHS's Mary Hawk recognized with 2016 Craig Teaching Award

Alumna and assistant professor Mary Hawk  (BCHS '12) was recognized with the Craig Teaching Award at 2016 Convocation. Hawk has been on the faculty in BCHS since 2012. She teaches a core BCHS class called Program Planning and Proposal Writing. She also does nonprofit work centered on HIV/AIDS direct services, grants management, and organizational leadership.    

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