Academic Affairs

Stillman Prizes

Stillman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Stillman Prize was created by Abbott L. Stillman '69, member of the College's Board of Trustees, David Stillman '72 and Allan Stillman in honor of Abraham Stillman, father and grandfather. Faculty members are nominated by students for the prize, which is awarded to a faculty member each year who makes the classroom a place that combines excitement, joy, and challenge. The winner is chosen by the Committee on Teaching and Advising (COTA) from a list of finalists after interviews with students and a review of supporting letters. The winner will be announced at the Commencement ceremony and awarded at the Opening Convocation.

The 2021-2022 Stillman Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to Maritza M. Osuna, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Hispanic Studies.

  • Past Stillman Teaching Prize Recipients
    Year Name Department


    Professor Nicole Theodosiou Biology (3)


    Professor Scott Kirkton Biology (3)
    2019 Professor Ericka Nelson-Mukherjee

    Modern Languages & Literatures (1)

    2018 Professor Jeffrey Corbin Biology (3)
    2017 Professor Joanne Kehlbeck Chemistry (3)
    2016 Professor William Keat Mechanical Engineering (4)
    2015 Professor Claire Bracken English (1)
    2014 Professor Andrew Morris History (2)
    2013 Professor Carol Weisse Psychology (2)
    2012 Professor Eshragh Motahar Economics (2)
    2011 Professor Lori Marso Political Science (2)
    2010 Professor Laurie Tyler Chemistry (3)
    2009 Professor William Zwicker Mathematics (3)
    2008 Professor Harold Fried Economics (2)
    2007 Professor Rebecca Surman Physics and Astronomy (3)
    2006 Professor Kenneth DeBono Psychology (2) 2

    2005 Professor Charles Batson Modern Languages (1)
    2004 Professor Hugh Jenkins English (1)
    2003 Professor Steven Sargent History (2)

    Professor Davide Cervone

    Mathematics (3)
    2001 Professor Byron Nichols Political Science (2)
    2000 Professor Peter Heinegg English (1)

    Professor Bonney MacDonald

    English (1)

    Professor Alan Taylor

    Mathematics (2)

    Professor Ashraf Ghaly

    Civil Engineering



    Professor John Garver




    Professor Mary Carroll



Stillman Prize for Faculty Excellence in Research

The Union College faculty are a community of teacher-scholars, and their excellence in teaching is matched by that in scholarship. The Stillman Prize for Faculty Excellence in Research was also established by Abbott Stillman and the Stillman Family. This prize is awarded annually to a tenured member of the faculty selected by the Faculty Research Fund Committee from faculty nominations to honor excellence in research and scholarship over the preceding three-year period.

The 2021-2022 Stillman Prize for Faculty Excellence in Research is awarded to Professor Jillmarie Murphy, William D. Williams Professor of English and Director of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies.

  • Past Stillman Research Prize Recipients
    Year Name Department
    2021 Professor Mary Carroll Chemistry
    2021 Professor Ann Anderson Mechanical Engineering
    2020 Professor Leo Zaibert Philosophy (1)
    2019 Professor Lori Marso Political Science (2)