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Faculty and Teaching Assistants Recognized With 2021 Outstanding Teaching Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2021) — The University of Kentucky recently awarded exceptional faculty and teaching assistants with the Outstanding Teaching Awards. 

Each year, the Outstanding Teaching Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate special dedication to student achievement and who are advancing meritorious success in their teaching. These awards emphasize the university's commitment to the importance of teaching as its vital core mission in the Commonwealth.

Selected via nomination, candidates were reviewed by a selection committee empaneled by the Office for Faculty Advancement and the Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

Winners received award certificates, pewter bowls and cash awards of $4,000 for faculty and $1,500 for teaching assistants.

Regular and Special Title Series winners are:

  • Jeff Cain, associate professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy.
  • Marc Cormier, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, College of Education.
  • Sara Police, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine.

Lecturers and Clinical Title Series winners are:

  • Darshak Patel, senior lecturer, Department of Economics, Gatton College of Business and Economics.
  • Olivia Davis, lecturer, Department of Accountancy, Gatton College of Business and Economics.
  • Raven Piercey, senior lecturer, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine.

Graduate TAs and Instructors winners are:

  • Katie McClain, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Ren Guerriero, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Cassandra Jane (CJ) Werking, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • April Marie Robertson, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, Outstanding Teaching Awards recipients will be honored during a formal ceremony in the Fall 2021 semester.


As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.