Northeastern’s Excellence in Research and Creativity Award
Alicia Sasser Modestino, Research Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics
This award is presented to a full-time faculty member to honor outstanding research and creative activity of national and international significance. The president and the provost determine the recipients on the basis of a faculty committee report on nominations received.
CSSH’s Outstanding Teaching Award: Tenured/Tenure-track
Laura Kuhl, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs
With this award, the college recognizes Laura Kuhl’s dedication to experiential education at the intersection of environmental policy and global politics. Laura has inspired her students in multiple modalities, from thoughtfully crafted online capstones to a pioneering pop-up course that brought students into the heart of the United Nations’ climate negotiations. The committee valued the remarkable number of students championing her constructive guidance and enriching class activities, including immersive dialogues with sustainability practitioners from Europe and Asia. Laura’s students come away from her courses prepared to act on the most urgent threats to our planet.
CSSH’s Outstanding Teaching Award: Part-time
Tiana Yom, Director of the Public Evaluation Lab Program
Tiana Yom’s contributions to teaching in SPPUA have played an important role in bringing real-world policy skills into the classroom. The committee noted her problem-solving approach and incorporation of experiential learning, and commends her support and devotion to her students. Professor Yom regularly teaches the PPUA course on Techniques of Program Evaluation, and students praise the service learning dimension of her course as well as her inclusive learning approach.