2016 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Adam Sullivan, recipient of the School of Public Health’s 2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Professor Sullivan joined the faculty in 2015 as the Department’s first teaching scholar track faculty member.  Since that time, as is evidenced by the five stellar student nominations made on his behalf, Sullivan has had a significant impact on students throughout the School.  One nominating student said, in part, “More than his expert and effective teaching style, it is his genuine concern for advancing students’ understanding, confidence, and interest in Biostats that I nominate Dr. Sullvan.”  In response to the award announcement, Department Chair, Professor Constantine Gatsonis, said “It is remarkable that Professor Sullivan received this award during his first year at Brown.  The award underlines his deep expertise in statistical education and his dedication and enthusiasm for teaching.”

Sullivan's love of teaching was established well before he chose to pursue a doctorate in Biostatistics, which he earned in 2015 from Harvard University. From 2004 through 2007, Sullivan taught high school mathematics and physics in New York's Marion Central and Sherman Central School districts. During his first year at Brown, Sullivan developed and taught the Department's new Fundamentals of Probability and Statistical Inference course this past Fall semester and developed and is now teaching the new Statistical Computing course along with the Department's Applied Regression Analysis course. Of Sullivan, one student said "he genuinely cares about the education of each student. He is not only a brilliant lecturer but also a wonderful teacher." 

Sullivan is slated to take over the responsibilities of the Department’s Master’s Graduate Program as Director in the Fall of 2016, a role which is currently overseen by Professor Christopher Schmid.  In response to the award notice, Professor Sullivan said, “I am deeply honored by this award and am humbled that my students would nominate me.  I am grateful to have such amazing students to engage with here at Brown’s School of Public Health.  I look forward to interacting with them every day.”  When asked about his passion for teaching, Professor Sullivan shared his favorite quote:

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” –Lee Iacocca