The Lambda Chi Teaching Award acknowledges excellence in teaching first-year or introductory undergraduate courses. The annual $1,500 award is bestowed on one full-time faculty member and is made possible by the men of the Lambda Chi fraternity.

USD Lambda Chi Teaching Award

Candidates for this award must be full-time faculty (but not necessarily tenure-track) who are employed by USD and meet all USD requirements to be a faculty member in good standing. “First-year” and “introductory” courses are those that provide an introduction to a discipline or field of study, or those courses that are typically taken by first-year students. If an applicant believes that their course fits one of those definitions, but it is not obvious based on title or course number, they will be allowed to explain how their course meets these guidelines within the application. Past recipients of this award shall not be selected for repeat awards for a period of three years. The criterion for this award are as follows:

  • Evidence that the instructor has clear learning outcomes, evidence that the students are meeting those outcomes, and evidence that critical reflection has been used to better understand and improve the course.
  • Evidence of innovation in the classroom through the use of imaginative teaching methods and high-impact teaching practices (undergraduate research, service learning, inclusive excellence, etc.).
  • Evidence of teaching and mentoring (both in and out of the classroom) that challenges learners to practice and develop critical thinking and independent learning abilities
  • Evidence that the instructor created a respectful and safe environment where learning can flourish for all students

2017 Winner

Jacob Kerby, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology, was honored as the recipient of the inaugural 2017 Lambda Chi Teaching Award. Kerby joined USD in 2008. Professor Kerby teaches undergraduate General Biology 151 along with other undergraduate and graduate courses, and is actively involved with student research and scholarship. Kerby earned his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California-Davis in 2006. He earned an M.S. in biology from California State University-Northridge in 2003 and a B.S. in psychobiology from Pepperdine University in 1996.