Awards + Honors

Awards & Honors

Three College professors have been selected by the Bloomington Faculty Council to receive the Indiana University Inclusive Excellence Award: Raquel Anderson, professor of speech, language and hearing sciences; Colin Johnson, associate professor of gender studies; and Mary Murphy, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of psychological and brain sciences.


Eduardo S. Brondizio, Distinguished Professor of anthropology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Sciences recognizes achievement in science by election to its membership. 


Amanda Diekman, professor of psychological and brain sciences; Betsi Grabe, professor in The Media School; and John Salzer, professor of astronomy, have been named 2022 Provost Professors. IU’s Provost Professor position was created to honor those who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity.


Liese van Zee, professor of astronomy, has been awarded IU’s 2022 Mary Burgan Distinguished Service Award. The Mary Burgan Distinguished Service Award recognizes faculty who exhibit distinguished service to the university, a profession, a discipline, or the public.


Mary Murphy, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of psychological and brain sciences, will deliver the 2022 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture on May 2, 2022. The Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture series is an annual event that recognizes the research achievements of an IU Bloomington faculty member and is accompanied by a $5,000 award to support the distinguished lecturer's continuing research. The title of her talk is “Faculty as Culture Creators: The Role of Faculty Mindset in Student Success.”


Lisa Thomassen, teaching professor of psychological and brain sciences, has been honored with the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award recognized faculty who represent excellence in teaching across the university’s campuses, schools, and departments.


Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, professor of African American and African diaspora studies, received the 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.


Sarah Pedzinksi, a graduate student in English, has been honored with the Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award, which recognizes graduate students with distinguished achievements in teaching. 


Rebecca Spang, the Ruth N. Halls Professor of history, has been named a recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2022.


Ore Koren, assistant professor of political science, has received IU’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The award identifies promising tenure-track faculty and provides resources to further develop their research programs or creative activity.


Liza Black, assistant professor of history, has received IU’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The award identifies promising tenure-track faculty and provides resources to further develop their research programs or creative activity.


Stephen Bell, professor and chair of molecular and cellular biochemistry, has earned IU’s highest academic appointment as distinguished professor for pursuit of excellence in his field.


Samuel Obeng, professor of linguistics, has earned IU’s highest academic appointment as distinguished professor for pursuit of excellence in his field.


Ore Koren, assistant professor of political science, was named a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation 2022 HFG Distinguished Scholar. Koren was chosen as one of twelve scholars researching important problems of violence in the world for his project, “Zoonotic disease outbreaks and Political Conflict in Africa."


David Polly, professor and chair of Earth and atmospheric sciences, named a 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of vertebrate paleontology, particularly for original studies in morphometrics, for quantitative analyses in paleobiology, and for innovative studies on mammalian evolution. 


Jerome Busemeyer, Distinguished Professor and Provost Professor of psychological and brain sciences, named a 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for distinguished contributions to psychological science in the development and testing of computational models of cognition, particularly for dynamic models of decision-making and quantum models of cognition.


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.


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.