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J Nauman Bell award

Jennifer Naumann, ETE ’99,(2nd from left) is presented with the Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. Also pictured is Ernie Lopez, Ed.D. ’12, (left)

Awards and Recognition

Students who receive a degree from our College are often recognized as valued leaders in their field. Alumni award recipients include:


  • Ryan Award – Lamont Browne, Ed.D, CEO Eastside Charter School was presented with this national award for exceptional leadership in closing the achievement gap in urban K-12 schools.


  • UD’s Presidential Citation  – Emmanuel Caulk, Jr., ETE ’96 M’02, received Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. He is superintendent of Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in Maine. 
  • Delaware Geography Teacher of the Year  – Katy Brown, ETE, MI, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Gunning Bedford Middle School.
  • Delaware BioScience Association Educator of Year 2014 – Brian Gross MI ’13, a biology teacher at Delcastle Technical High School.
  • Grassroots Hall of Fame – Lolita Lopez, HS ’76, President and CEO at Westside Family Healthcare in Delaware, was inducted into the National Association of Community Health Centers Hall of Fame.   She was also presented with the Delaware Assoc. for Public Administration’s Public Service Award in December 2013.
  • State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate – Allen Prettyman, HDFS PhD  ’11, assistant professor in UD’s School of Nursing recognized by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow – Melissa Simpson Tracy, M.Ed. ’10, was one of 13 teachers nationwide to be selected for this yearlong fellowship.



  • Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (Eastern Division) 2012 – Edward Cohen, ETE ’05, honored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for his work with 8th grade students at Quibbletown Middle School in Piscataway, N.J.
  • National Distinguished Principals 2012 – Dan Shelton, Ed.D ’07 and Byron Murphy, M.Ed. ’95 were nominated, representing Delaware’s Elementary and Secondary schools.
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement 2012 – Karen Stout, Ed.D. ’95, is president of Montgomery County Community College. In 2011, Katherine Hutchinson ’94, associate professor in the NY University College of Nursing
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 2011 – the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers was awarded to CEHD alumna, Mary Pinkston, MEd ’95 – one of two UD graduates to receive this recognition.
  • National Superintendent of the Year finalist 2012 – Susan Bunting ’96, superintendent, Indian River School District
  • Delaware Teacher of the Year 2011 – Joseph Masiello ’82, English teacher Cab Calloway School of the Arts
  • Emalea Pusey Warner award 2010 – Alyson Cavanaugh graduated with an Honors degree with distinction in human services with a concentration in clinical services and a minor in psychology. The Emalea Pusey Warner award is presented to the woman selected from UD’s graduating class who most exemplifies leadership, academic success and community service

Our College is well-respected nationally.

  • Our School of Education Graduate Program is consistently ranked as one of the top education schools by US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools. In 2014, we were ranked 30th in the nation.
  • Our Mathematics Education Undergraduate Program for Elementary Teachers received the national 2013 Wisniewski Award, given by the Society of Professors of Education for demonstrating “singularly significant contributions to the theory and practice of teacher education.”
  • The Human Development and Family Studies doctoral program was ranked among the best in the U.S. for student support/outcomes, by the National Research Council in 2010.
  • The Early Learning Center was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) during their accreditation in 2011, with Commendations for 10 of their 12 measurements.
  • The Delaware Center for Teacher Education not only received reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for teacher preparation and advance preparation levels, but they received special congratulations as the Board “cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards.”

Our faculty are leaders in their field, not only recognized for their expertise, but also dedicated to supporting our students as they pursue their education.

  • James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award – Roberta Golinkoff, professor SOE (and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University) were presented this lifetime achievement award by the Association for Psychological Science in 2015.
  • Torch Award – Barbara Settles, HDFS professor, was recognized in 2015 for her decades-long effort to ensure women’s equality at UD.
  • NCFR Fellow – In 2014, the National Council on Family Relations conferred its prestigious fellow status on Bahira S. Trask, HDFS professor, associate chair and graduate coordinator.
  • Senior Scholar – James Hiebert, Robert J. Barkley Professor of Education, was presented the SIG-RME national scholar award in 2015 for significant contributions in mathematics education.
  • Dybwad Humanitarian Award – Nancy Weiss, director of UD’s  National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, was presented the Humanitarian Award by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for significantly promoting human welfare and social reform in ways that positively affect the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Salzburg Fellows – Rena Hallam and Martha Buell were selected to participate in the 2015 Salzburg Global Seminar, introducing early childhood development to the international conference.
  • ISIR Lifetime Achievement Award – In 2013, Linda Gottfredson, professor, School of Education, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR). ISIR is the focal scientific society for the world’s researchers on human intelligence.
  • Early Career Award – Amanda Jansen, associate professor, was recognized by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators for demonstrating exceptional potential for leadership in mathematics teacher education within the first 10 years of her career.
  • Alison Award– Roberta Golinkoff, H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education, was presented the 2011 Francis Alison Award, the highest honor bestowed on a UD faculty member. This honor acknowledges Golinkoff’s dedication to scholarship and teaching, including major contributions to research on language acquisition and strong public engagement with research on early learning.
  • Kristine Coll, Senior Assistant Dean of Student Services, was awarded UD’s John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service Award in 2013 for her work in restructuring our undergraduate and graduate student support services.
  • Gary Allison, professor of special education, was recognized by Kappa Alpha Theta in 2013 as one of their Top Ten Outstanding Faculty Members in the nation.
  • Excellence in Advising and Mentorship Award
    • 2015 – Laura Eisenman, Associate Professor, SOE  and Advisor for UD’s Disabilities Studies Minor
    • 2014 – Laura Glass, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, School of Education
    • 2103 – Marsha Baumeister, Assistant Professor of Education
    • 2012 – Lynn Worden, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in HDFS, and Stephanie Kotch, Elementary Teacher Education Field Experience Coordinator for SOE, were recognized in 2011 for their outstanding work in teaching and advising.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    • 2013 – Gary Allison, Assistant Professor of Special Education


Our programs are nationally accredited by:

  • American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL)
  • Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)
  • Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The University of Delaware provides a list of all accreditations received by the university.  


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