Gideon Hawley Teacher Recognition Award

The Gideon Hawley Teacher Recognition Award commemorates Gideon Hawley, an 1809 graduate of Union College who is distinguished historically for his leadership in education and concern for teacher development in New York State during the nineteenth century. As the first Superintendent of Public Instruction, he laid the foundations for the public elementary schools of the State. The Board of Regents appointed him Secretary in 1814, an office held for twenty-seven years. As both Superintendent and Secretary, he became a dominant figure in New York State education. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the first normal school in New York, which is now the State University of New York at Albany.

This award is usually given on Founders Day, in late February.

Recipient for the 2017 Gideon Hawley Award – Dr. Mark William Potter, a religion teacher at Newton Country Day School of Sacred Heart in Newton, MA, nominated by Katharine Beal '20.

2017-18 Call for Nomination: Letter from the Dean of the Faculty

Nomination Form / Google Link

Click here for former Gideon Hawley Award recipients.