Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Carl F. Wittke Award was established in 1971 in honor of Carl Wittke, a former faculty member, dean and vice president of Western Reserve University. The Wittke Award is presented each year to two Case Western Reserve University faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Nominations should be submitted online. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 13, 2017.


The winners of the 2016 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are Amy Absher, History, and Jim Sheeler, English. Professor Absher's nominator reflected that, "Professor Absher is extremely talented at facilitating class conversations that everyone can actively participate in. She never calls students "out" but calls students "in" to contribute their thoughts and questions to the class discussion for that day." Professor Sheeler's nomination said that, "He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is the nicest, most humble person I've ever met. For every student trying to pursue journalism, Jim Sheeler is a godsend."

Both were honored at the 2016 Commencement exercises on May 15, during the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony.

2016 Wittke Award Winners