Academic Staff: Judith Craig Distinguished Service Award

The Judith Craig Distinguished Service Award honors an L&S academic staff member with 15 or more years of outstanding service, and is named in honor of former L&S Associate Dean Judith Craig.

2016-17 Recipient

Anthony (Tony) Jacob
Director, Chemistry Learning Center

If students are stumped by chemistry, the won’t be after meeting with Tony Jacob. As director of the Chemistry Learning Center since 2011, and the associate director for sixteen years before that, Tony has used incredible teaching skills and a profound passion for supporting students to help them excel in chemistry.

Tony leads a team that tutors and mentors chemistry students, with a focus on closing equity and opportunity gaps and encouraging students from historically underrepresented groups to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He has also launched peer mentoring tutor programs in physics and biochemistry and shared his expertise with committees across campus. And in 2015, he established the CLC Encouragement Awards Fund to honor students who have overcome adversity while taking chemistry.

Students Mamawa Konuwa and Andrew Rose have experienced Tony’s support. “When Tony wasn’t enthusiastically discussing unit conversion and the molecular orbital theory, you could find him advising students about their schedules, or simply being an open ear for anyone in need,” they wrote. “He truly goes above and beyond for all of his students, past and present. So importantly, Tony continues to inspired confidence and instill hope that we can succeed in the STEM field as people of color.”

All Recipients

2016-17: Anthony (Tony) Jacob, Department of Chemistry

2015-16: Caton Roberts, Faculty Associate, Department of Psychology

2014-15: Michael Cullinane, Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies Program. 

2013-14: Sandra Arfa, Faculty Associate, Department of English

2012-13: Matt Sanders, Assistant Academic Program Director, Department of Chemistry

2011-12: Brad Hughes, Director, The Writing Center

2010-11: Bruno Browning, Director, Learning Support Services

2009-10: Richard Loveless, Distinguished Scientist, Department of Physics

2008-09: Laurey Martin-Berg, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of French and Italian

2007-08: Maggie Sullivan, Academic Staff, L&S Administration

2006-07: Ada Deer, Academic Staff, American Indian Studies Program; Read Gilgen, Academic Staff, Learning Support Services

2005-06: Catherine H. Middlecamp, Academic Staff, Department of Chemistry

2004-05: Jeffrey F. Petersen, Academic Staff, Center for Demography and Ecology, Department of Sociology

2003-2004Mel Morgenbesser, School of Social Work

2002-2003: Taissa Hauser, Department of Sociology

2001-2002*: Judy Craig, L&S Administration

*In 2001-2001, the first year the awards were given, the top-level one was simply called the Distinguished Service Award. When he conferred it on Judy Craig, who was retiring that year, Dean Phillip Certain announced that future iterations of the award would bear her name.

Nominate an outstanding academic staff member.

Please contact the PDRC for more information about the Academic Staff Awards.