Announcing the recipients of the 2024 Presidential Faculty Excellence Awards

Announcing the recipients of the 2024 Presidential Faculty Excellence Awards

Rachel Lewis, MAIS Women and Gender Studies concentration head, is one of 13 faculty members honored with a 2024 Presidential Faculty Excellence Award. She received the The John Toups Presidential Medal for Excellence in Teaching which is presented to a faculty member whose teaching inspires and stimulates students in the finest tradition of higher education.

Rachel Lewis is an instructional associate professor in Women and Gender Studies and director of undergraduate and graduate programs. She joined the faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) in 2012.

Lewis has taken an outsized role in curricular development for the Women and Gender Studies Program and has designed and taught 17 different courses over the past 10 years. Given the small number of program faculty members, her initiative has been crucial to the program’s ability to offer a wide array of courses. Lewis’s courses are interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, focusing on issues relating to sexuality, race, immigration, human and animal rights, ecology, and disability.

Lewis is extraordinarily active as a mentor to both graduate and undergraduate students. She has chaired 25 master’s degree student committees in five different programs and has served on the committees for nearly 30 more students at either the master’s degree or doctoral level. Lewis plays a central role in graduate mentorship across many humanities and social science fields, particularly for students whose research relates to issues of gender and sexuality.