John S. Diekhoff Award

Faculty Winners of Diekhoff Award 2019

For Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

The John S. Diekhoff Award is presented to four full-time faculty members who make exemplary contributions to the education and development of graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. The award was created in honor of John Diekhoff, who served in several capacities during his tenure here. From 1956 to 1970, he served as professor of English, chair of the Department of English, dean of Cleveland College, acting dean of the School of Graduate Studies and vice provost of the university.

In 1978, the university created the award to recognize outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising, mentoring, and classroom teaching. Initially, the award was presented to two full-time faculty members who serve as outstanding mentors to graduate students, connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically, and actively promote their professional development. In 2009, the award was expanded to recognize two full-time faculty members who excel in the teaching of graduate students.

The award is sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies. A committee of graduate students reviews the nominations and recommends the winners.

Review the criteria for nominating faculty. Nominations for the 2022-23 academic year will open in the fall of 2022.

Congratulations to Our 2022 Winners

Award for Graduate Teaching
Jessica Kelley
Jessica Kelley - Sociology

Read the Daily for more on Professor Kelley's methods involving creating an interactive classroom environment where students are encouraged to engage in conversation to guide learning. 

Nathanial Schreiner
Nathanial Schreiner - Nursing

Find out about how Professor Schreiner's years in clinical practice prepared him for his teaching role and showed him that teaching goes on everywhere in his article in the Daily. 

Award for Graduate Mentoring
Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott - Biology

Read his article in the Daily about how Professor Abbott has come to recognize that taking care of grad students is one of the single most important things we can do to keep our research communities vibrant and healthy.

Polyxeni Philippidou
Polyxeni Philippidou - Neurosciences

Find out more about Professor Philippidou's motto "there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to mentoring; it’s based on a teaching philosophy of accessibility, clear communication and empathy" in her article in the Daily.

See the list of all prior winners for the John S. Diekhoff Awards.


Congratulations to Our 2022 Nominees!

Karen Abbott Biology Mentoring
Drew Adams Genetics and Genome Sciences Mentoring
Radhika Atit Biology Mentoring & Teaching
Sarah Bagby Biology Mentoring
Erin Benay Art History and Art Mentoring
Elizabeth Bolman Art History and Art Mentoring & Teaching
Tracey Bonfield Genetics and Genome Sciences Teaching
Susan Burden-Gulley Biology Mentoring
Hamid Charkhkar Biomedical Engineering Mentoring
Angela Ciccia Communication Sciences Teaching
Karla Coburn Anatomy Teaching
Carlos Crespo-Hernandez Chemistry Mentoring
Darin Croft Anatomy Teaching
Nicole Crown Biology Mentoring
Christopher Cullis Biology Mentoring
Jacqueline Curtis Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Mentoring
Julia Dobrosotskaya Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics Teaching
Mary Dolandsky Nursing Mentoring
Colin Drummond Biomedical Engineering Teaching
George Dubyak Physiology & Biophysics Teaching
Christine Duval Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Mentoring
Kimberly Emmons English Mentoring
Agata Exner Radiology Mentoring
Mary Franklin Nursing Mentoring
Roger French Materials Science and Engineering Mentoring
Mahmoud Ghannoum Pathology Mentoring
Marcin Golczak Pharmacology Teaching
Weihong Guo Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Teaching
Stephanie Harris Nutrition Mentoring
Michael Hinczewski Physics Teaching
Craig Hodges Genetics and Genome Sciences Mentoring
Megan Holmes Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Mentoring
Michael Hore Macromolecular Science and Engineering Teaching
Jessica Kelley Sociology Teaching
Siran Koroukian Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Mentoring
Nathan Kruse Music Teaching
Barb Kuemerle Biology Mentoring
Joseph LaManna Physiology & Biophysics Mentoring
Barbara Lewis Communication Sciences Mentoring
Jing Li Computer and Data Sciences Mentoring
Yue Li Civil Engineering Mentoring
Sarah Hope Lincoln Psychological Sciences Mentoring
Brooke Macnamara Psychological Sciences Mentoring
Danny Manor Nutrition Teaching
Sanford Markowitz Genetics and Genome Sciences Mentoring
Ryan Martin Biology Mentoring
Harsh Mathur Physics Mentoring & Teaching
Kay McNeal Psychological Sciences Mentoring
Jason Mears Pharmacology Mentoring
Michelle Merrill Genetics and Genomic Sciences Mentoring & Teaching
Chris Mihos Astronomy Mentoring
Benjamin Monreal Physics Mentoring
Svetlana Morozova Macromolecular Science and Engineering Teaching
Wyatt Newman Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Teaching
Grant O'Connell Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Mentoring
Shane Parker Chemistry Teaching
Pavel Fileviez Perez Physics Teaching
Adam Perzynski Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Mentoring
Polyxeni Philippidou Neurosciences Mentoring
Cassi Pittman Claytor Sociology Mentoring
John Protasiewicz Chemistry Mentoring
Andrea Rager Art History and Art Teaching
Tamara Randell Nutrition Teaching
Soumya Ray Computer and Data Science Mentoring
Julie Renner Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Teaching
Jonathan Sadowsky History Mentoring
Catherine Scallen Art History Mentoring
Ashleigh Schaffer Genetics and Genome Sciences Mentoring
Bryan Schmidt Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Mentoring & Teaching
Nathanial Schreiner Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Teaching
Jerrold Scott Theatre Teaching
Alp Sehirlioglu Materials Science and Engineering Mentoring
Elizabeth Short Psychological Sciences Mentoring
Mendel Singer Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Mentoring
Erkki Somersalo Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Teaching
Thaddeus Stappenbeck Pathology Mentoring
Wanda Strychalski Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Teaching
Jennifer Taylor Physiology and Biophysics Mentoring & Teaching
Peter Thomas Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics Mentoring
Daniel Tisch Public Health, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Mentoring
David Wald Pathology Mentoring
Pamela Wearsch Pathology Teaching
David Wilson Biomedical Engineering Mentoring
Jordan Winter Biochemistry Mentoring
Christopher Wirth Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Mentoring
Yinghui Wu Computer and Data Sciences Mentoring
Xin Yu Biomedical Engineering Mentoring
Xiong (Bill) Yu Civil and Environmental Engineering Mentoring & Teaching
Chris Yuan Aerspace and Mechanical Engineering Mentoring