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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

John Norris, headshot

John Norris

An associate professor of second language studies, John Norris is a distinguished researcher as well as a pro-active scholar in applied linguistics. Norris works exclusively with graduate students. His classes are always provocative, challenging, stimulating and engaging.

In taking responsibility for their own work, Norris believes that students transition from receptive modes of learning to ethical and pro-active efforts at learning to do.

One student wrote, “Dr. Norris’s encouragement pushed me to achieve things I never thought possible: to be an independent evaluation consultant for professional and educational organizations.”

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.

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Current awardees and links to archives.


Malia Lau Kong, headshot
Malia Lau Kong
Frank Leake, headshot
Frank Leake
Cheie Mooy, headshot
Cherie Mooy
Sheila Yoder, headshot
Sheila Yoder