The George Wythe Award

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The George Wythe Award

The George Wythe Award is Buena Vista University's highest honor for excellence in teaching. The award was endowed in 1988 through a gift from the late Drs. Paul and Vivian (Class of 1959) McCorkle, who were both Life Trustees of BVU. It is named for George Wythe, the educator who taught such famous fathers of the American Revolution as Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, James Monroe and Henry Clay.

The George Wythe Award includes a $30,000 cash award and a sabbatical for the recipient to pursue professional development and/or research.

Past George Wythe laureates

  • 1987 - Dr. Gerald Poff, professor of biology
  • 1989 - Dr. Richard Lampe, professor of biology
  • 1990 - Dr. Paul Russell, professor of business and economics
  • 1991 - Dr. Marilyn Wikstrom, professor of education
  • 1992 - Dr. John Madsen, associate professor of corporate communication
  • 1993 - Dr. Bruce Ellingson, professor of media studies
  • 1994 - Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of speech and drama
  • 1995 - Dr. Wayne Higley, professor of accounting
  • 1996 - Dr. Kenneth Schweller, professor of computer science and psychology
  • 1997 - Dr. F. Kline Capps, professor of education
  • 1998 - Dr. Joseph Traylor, professor of computer science and physics
  • 1999 - Dennis Dykema, professor of art
  • 2000 - Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, professor of history
  • 2001 - Dr. Stanley Bochtler, professor of education
  • 2002 - Dr. Elizabeth Lamoureux,  professor of communication studies
  • 2003 - Dr. Peter Steinfeld,  professor of philosophy and religion
  • 2004 - Ben Donath, associate professor of mathematics
  • 2005 - Timothy McDaniel, assistant professor of mathematics 
  • 2006 - Dr. Annamaria Formichella Elsden, associate professor of English 
  • 2007 - Dr. William Feis, professor of history
  • 2008 - Dr. Stan Ullerich, professor of economics
  • 2009-  Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, associate professor of biology
  • 2010-  Dr. Melinda Coogan, assistant professor of biology
  • 2011-  Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of experimental psychology
  • 2012-  Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya, associate professor of philosophy and religion
  • 2013-  Jerry Johnson, assistant professor of digital media