The School's dedication to undergraduate teaching is reflected in the many awards faculty have received over the years.
Thirteen CS faculty members have received Lilly Teaching Fellowships, from an awards program established in 1986 to cultivate teaching excellence. The program is competive and takes applicants from across the entire university and no department has had more Lilly Fellows than Computer Science! The application is based on the teaching record of the faculty, students' classroom reviews, a nomination letter, and an in-depth interview. Shown below are Lilly Fellowship winners David Mix Barrington, Brian Levine, Prashant Shenoy, Emery Berger, Ramesh Sitaraman, James Allan, J. Eliot B. Moss, Jim Kurose, Andrew McCallum. Since the photo was taken, professors Mark Corner, Deepak Ganesan, Andrew McGregor, and Gerome Miklau have also received the fellowship.
Professors Roderic Grupen, David Jensen, Victor Lesser, Jim Kurose, Arnold Rosenberg and Brian Levine have been winners of the College of Natural Sciences (or of the former College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) Outstanding Teacher Award. Professors Sridhar Mahadevan and Lee Osterweil won similar awards at Michigan State University and the University of Colorado, respectively.
Jim Kurose is also an eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Technical University, winner of the 1996 Outstanding Teacher Award of the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools and of the IEEE Taylor Booth Education Medal. With former Dean of the College of Engineering Joseph Goldstein, he founded the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI), for which they received a Public Service Award from the University of Massachusetts President's Office in 2002. Now directed by Joe and Professor Rick Adrion, CITI aims to improve computer science education across the 28-campus system of Massachusetts public higher education.