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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.


The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.