Sheridan Award Recipients, 1997 - present

The following members of the Brown teaching community
have been recognized with the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for
Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning since
1997.  Click on a name to see the citation for that individual.  
Citations are available from 1999 through the present.


Paul Phillips
Senior Lecturer and Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music
Department of Music

You were enthusiastically nominated by your colleagues and students, who have been inspired by your outstanding efforts in teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development.

You have made extraordinary contributions to Brown as teacher, mentor, advisor, and colleague, as “papa to generations of Department of Music students”.  You are a creative thinker, able to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations across departmental boundaries, always ensuring that your students benefit from the exciting programming your help enables. The breadth of interest and energy that has sustained your interdisciplinary teaching and writing have been inseparable from your work as a conductor, and as conductor of the Brown Orchestra, you occupy a unique position in which you have exemplified excellence in teaching in multiple ways.

One of your students writes:
“His wisdom and guidance have uniquely shaped my experience at Brown and helped me grow inside and outside the classroom. Paul is an extremely caring professor who looks after the wellbeing of his students. He always sees the best in people . . . He has opened up opportunities that I never thought I could have experienced in my lifetime . . . he has set an example of generosity and kindness for the rest of the Brown community. He cares deeply about all of his students. He has been there as a shoulder to cry on, and someone to push me when I have needed it. It is because of him that I want to become a professor. He has given me the chance to make mistakes and been the biggest advocate for my success at Brown. . . . He has helped me create a path to graduate school and set myself up for success.”

Jane Sokolosky
Senior Lecturer
Department of German Studies

You were enthusiastically nominated by colleagues and students who have been inspired by the unwavering generosity with which you have shared the talents of your teaching, mentoring and vision, the formative impact you have had on the pedagogical practice and philosophy of graduate students, and the sound and passionate contributions you have made to the German Studies undergraduate program as a whole.

You have contributed to the work and the mission of the Department of German Studies, and the Brown community at large. You have made teaching a reflective, joyful, and rewarding practice for graduate students. Your graduate student mentorship has inspired your faculty colleagues, and generated an enthusiastic, curious, lively group of undergraduates who thrive on their teachers’ dedication. You have made exemplary use of technology in the classroom, have empowered students in the learning process, and have contributed to the training of language teachers. You are an invaluable pedagogical resource for your faculty colleagues, and are considered “the glue that holds the various parts of the department together: the undergraduate students in our language courses and upper-level seminars, the smaller but extremely active group of concentrators in German Studies, the graduate students, and the faculty.”

One of your students writes:
“In addition to providing an excellent model for engaged teaching centered on student learning, Jane’s role as a mentor to graduate student instructors cannot be overestimated . . . I was always struck by how much Jane genuinely cared about our experiences and always strived to give us the tools and methods to become successful and reflective teachers of German . . . Indeed, Jane’s commitment to teaching has shown me that good mentorship and instruction extends far beyond the classroom—a lesson that I have carried with me, with Jane as a role model, away from Brown.”


















  • Peter Heywood (Bio-MCB)
  • Kenneth R. Miller (Bio-MCB)


  • Elizabeth Kirk (English)
  • Stanley K. Stowers (Religious Studies)
  • Susan Smulyan (American Civilization)
  • John L. Thomas (History)
  • William F. Wyatt, Jr. (Classics)
  • Rebecca S. More (History; Sheridan Center)