Arts & Sciences recognition for excellence in teaching
The David Hadas Teaching Award honors and publicly recognizes an outstanding tenured faculty member in Arts & Sciences who demonstrates commitment and excellence in teaching first year undergraduate students.
This year, Geoff Childs, a professor with sociocultural anthropology, received the honored award. He was nominated for his significant track record over the years working with first year undergraduate students in Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and his continued efforts to support each new cohort.
Childs joined the WashU faculty in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he began teaching the large lecture course "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology." In recent course evaluations, first-year students praised Childs' energetic and highly visual teaching style. "Professor Childs is a fantastic teacher ... it was always worth waking up early to make it to lecture," wrote one student. In his accepting remarks, Childs thanked his colleagues, his wife, and Pamela Hadas. Hadas, who created the award in 2008 in honor of her husband, was in attendance at the event.