The Golden Apple Award is the only award of its kind at the University of Michigan in that it is the only award nominated and decided by students. Students nominate faculty from all U-M schools and colleges and the committee from SHOUT (Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching) decides on a winner every year. This year, a record-breaking nineteen RC faculty and associated faculty were nominated for the honor, and they are:

Elissa Bell Bayraktar (French)
Mark Burde (French, Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, First Year Writing Seminar)
Dominique Butler-Borruat (French Program Head)
Sascha  Crasnow (Arts and Ideas in the Humanities & Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies)
Herb Eagle (Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, LSA Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film, Television & Media)
Cristhian Espinoza-Pino (Spanish)
Karein Goertz (German, Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program)
Jennifer Goltz-Taylor (Music)
Michael Gould (Music; Director, Center for World Performance Studies, and Jazz in SMTD)
Wendy Gutierrez-Tashian (Spanish)
Janet Hegman Shier (German Program Head)
Sarah Messer (Creative Writing and Literature Program)
Toby Millman (Drawing and Printmaking)
Jennifer Myers (Associate Director for Curriculum, First Year Seminar and Social Theory and Practice Programs)
Teresa Sanchez-Snell (Social Theory and Practice, and Spanish Language Internship Program Coordinator)
Laura Thomas (Creative Writing and Literature Program Head)
Heather Thompson (History and African American Studies in the History, Afroamerican and African Studies, Social Theory and Practice)
Kate Tremel (STAMPS, taught in the RC in the past year)
Stephen Ward (Semester in Detroit, Social Theory and Practice Program)

Kudos, nominees! Thank you for your exemplary commitment to teaching undergraduate students. 

The winner of the 2020 Golden Apple Award is Lorenzo García-Amaya, assistant professor of Spanish linguistics in LSA and co-director of the Speech Production Lab. With the honor, García-Amaya will be the featured speaker at an event scheduled for Oct. 5, when he will give a “last lecture,” the one he would give if it were to be his final lecture. ¡Felicitaciones, profesor García-Amaya!