Every year at Commencement, Wesleyan recognizes 3 tremendous instructors with Binswanger Prizes for Excellence in Teaching. These prizes, made possible by means of gifts from the circle of relatives of the late Frank G. Binswanger Sr., Hon. ’85, underscore Wesleyan’s dedication to its pupil-instructors, who are chargeable for the University’s specific technique to liberal arts schooling.

Recommendations are solicited from alumni of the closing 10 graduating instructions, in addition to modern juniors, seniors, and graduate college students. Recipients are selected by using an expansion committee of school and contributors of the Alumni Association Executive Committee.

This 12 months, at some stage in the 187th Commencement ceremony, Wesleyan commemorated the subsequent college members for their excellence in coaching:


Erika Franklin Fowler
Erika Franklin Fowler, accomplice professor of government and director of the Wesleyan Media Project, has taught at Wesleyan since 2009. She has a BA in political science and arithmetic from St. Olaf College, and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She served as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health from 2007 to 2009. At Wesleyan, she teaches courses in American politics, media and politics, campaign advertising, public opinion, and empirical techniques. Her courses typically feature modules in which college students behavior semester-long research initiatives that frequently expand past the study room to courses, convention presentations, and every now and then supply proposals. As director of the Wesleyan Media Project, Fowler and a team of students track and examine marketing campaign advertising on television and social media in real time for the duration of elections, supplying critical statistics and transparency for scholars, residents, and reporters. Fowler’s studies also explores fitness policy and media subjects. She is the coauthor of a e book, Political Advertising inside the United States (2016), and her paintings has acquired investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation, amongst others.

Brian Northrop
Brian Northrop, companion professor of chemistry, has been a member of Wesleyan’s college in view that 2009. He earned a BA in chemistry with honors from Middlebury College, and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of California–Los Angeles. Northrop later carried out research within the University of Utah’s Department of Chemistry as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. At Wesleyan, he teaches publications in preferred and organic chemistry, as well as in substances chemistry, nanoscience, and mechanistic bodily organic chemistry. Northrop leads a studies organization focused on developing new and efficient methods for synthesizing complex natural materials from fantastically simple beginning materials, with potential uses across nanoscience, along with useful polymers, molecular sensors, liquid crystals, and drug transport. Northrop is the recipient of an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) New Doctoral Investigator Award (2010–12), a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2014–19), and a Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2015).

Joseph Siry
Joseph Siry, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities and professor of art records, joined the Wesleyan college in 1984. He received a BA in records from Princeton University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in records, idea, and criticism of structure from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An professional in modern-day architectural records, Siry is the author of numerous books, which include The Chicago Auditorium Building: Adler and Sullivan’s Architecture and the City (Chicago, 2002), which won the 2003 Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award for nice book via a North American student, and maximum lately Beth Sholom Synagogue: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture (Chicago, 2012), a finalist for a 2013 National Jewish Book Award, Visual Arts class. His current e book assignment, Air-Conditioning and Modern American Architecture, 1890–1970: From Adler and Sullivan to Louis Kahn, is coming near near from the Pennsylvania State University Press. At Wesleyan, he teaches courses on American and European structure, current world architecture, and modern-day architecture and strength. Siry become previously offered the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1994. In 2018, he become an inaugural winner of the Wesleyan Prize for Faculty Excellence in Research. He was also honored with the 2015 Wright Spirit Award, Professional Category, from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in reputation of his scholarship on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.