Teaching Prizes

Yale College Faculty Prizes for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching

Each year, on behalf of the Yale College Faculty, the dean of Yale College awards as many as six prizes to members of the faculty for distinguished undergraduate teaching. The recipients are selected by the Yale College Committee on Teaching and Learning on the basis of nominations from students. The prizes are presented during Class Day exercises on the day before Commencement.

William Clyde DeVane Awards

The Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa awards teaching prizes to honor the memory of William Clyde DeVane, dean of Yale College from 1938 to 1963. The awards recognize character, scholarship, and distinguished undergraduate teaching. The Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa makes two DeVane Awards annually. One is to a retired member of the Yale College Faculty selected by the graduate officers and graduate advisers of the society. The other is to an active member of the faculty who has taught at Yale for at least five years; this recipient is elected by the members of the senior class in Phi Beta Kappa. The DeVane Awards are presented at the chapter dinner of Phi Beta Kappa in the spring.