Awards + Honors

Awards & Honors

Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis, professor of history, has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the highest honor that the MAA can bestow upon North American medievalists. Fellows are scholars who have made notable lifelong contributions to Medieval Studies through their scholarship, teaching, and service. New fellows are nominated by three colleagues and elected by vote of the Fellows.


Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, professor of African American and African diaspora studies, will receive the 2022 W. George Pinnell Award, which was created by the University Faculty Council to recognize faculty members and librarians who have shown distinguished service to the university, their discipline, or their community.


Lisa Thomassen, teaching professor of psychological and brain sciences, will be honored with the 2022 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes faculty who represent excellence in teaching across the university’s campuses, schools and departments. 


Sarah Pedzinski, graduate student in English, will be honored with the 2022 Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award, which recognizes graduate students with distinguished achievements in teaching.


Maria Mastalerz, a research geologist for the Indiana Geological and Water Survey and adjunct professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been awarded the Reinhardt Thiessen Medal from the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology — the highest honor given in her field.


Ellen Wu, associate professor in History, has been named a New America Fellow, Class of 2022. This program supports visionary researches who create powerful, exciting ideas that shape and influence the conversations about the most pressing issues of our time.  


Ankur Dalia, associate professor in Biology, has been recognized by the American Society for Microbiology with its Award for Early Career Basic Research for his outstanding contributions to microbial sciences.


Michael Van Nieuwenhze, professor in Chemistry, was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Fellow membership in the Royal Society of Chemistry is recognition by the membership and officers of the RSC of attainment of a high professional standing not just within chemistry, but also to the wider community.


Bernice Pescosolido, distinguished professor of Sociology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is the only IU faculty member ever to be elected to two of the national academies. In 2016, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.


Claudia Johnson, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor. “The selection recognizes outstanding scholars and teachers who exemplify Wells' values, including devotion to diversity, inclusion, student learning and academic excellence."