Grinnell Award

Chair

Members

  • George A. Feldhamer
  • Jennifer Frey
  • Deedra McClearn
  • Bret S. Pasch
  • Katie Stanchak
  • Rebecca Terry
  • Tad Theimer
  • Robert M. Timm
  • Patrick Zollner

History and Mission

The Joseph Grinnell Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1996 to honor individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. The award recognizes excellence in education in the broadest sense. It encompasses not only the traditional roles of teaching undergraduate and graduate students in academic institutions, but also educational activities such as production of materials for federal, state, or local agencies, public education through creation of museum displays, and enhancement or encouragement of education through stewardship activities. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, students, or others familiar with their devotion to, and execution of, their educational activities.

2021 Joseph Grinnell Award Recipient

Each year the American Society of Mammalogists recognizes excellence in education with the Joseph Grinnell Award, which was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy in the broadest sense.

The 2021 recipient of the Joseph Grinnell Award, Dr. Deedra McClearn, is recognized for her impact on graduate and undergraduate students throughout the world. Deedra coordinated and led tropical biology field courses in Costa Rica for the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) for over 15 years, developed a semester-long undergraduate program in South Africa, and helped to establish Duke University’s international education program in China. Several letters of support noted Deedra’s dedication to always promoting local communities, one stating she was a fierce “champion of efforts to support and include local students, educators, and researchers into the study abroad programs.”

In addition, Deedra has been a leader in developing assessment tools for academic programs. She has developed workshops helping educators to implement dynamic, active, and inquiry-based learning into courses that continue to influence generations of students.

In “retirement”, Deedra continues to play an active role in scientific and educational programs. One of her current projects is to assemble, evaluate, and archive many of the long-term data sets that are associated with the OTS sites. Deedra is also working with an international team to develop innovative modules for tropical biology courses that will be freely available online for any educators to use.

The many letters of support from Deedra’s former students document her personal dedication to fostering student success. One nominator's letter stated, “She has touched our lives in very powerful ways, setting us up for success as graduate students, continuing as a supportive and instructive mentor when we were post-docs, and maintaining an active role in our lives and now, in the lives of our own students.”

Congratulations to Dr. Deedra McClearn, who is truly one of the world’s leaders in education!

Photo courtesy of Ceci Coen.

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Past Awardees

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Nominations for the Joseph Grinnell Award

The Joseph Grinnell award recognizes excellence in education in the broadest sense. It encompasses not only the traditional roles of teaching undergraduate and graduate students in academic institutions, but also educational activities such as production of materials for federal, state, or local agencies, public education through creation of museum displays, and enhancement or encouragement of education through stewardship activities.

Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, students, or others familiar with their devotion to, and execution of, their educational activities. A letter of nomination, maximum length two pages, should detail the candidate's excellence in education in mammalogy and should elaborate the reasons why this individual should be considered for this award. The committee appreciates clear evidence of excellence in teaching or mentorship or the high quality of other educational products.  Such evidence could include summaries of teaching evaluations, student comments, student success, or other assessments of the effectiveness of educational activities.

The letter of nomination, the candidate’s curriculum vita, and up to 4 additional letters of support should be sent to Marjorie Matocq by 1 March (mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu) as a single PDF document. The recipient will be announced at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Society. Nominations are not retained from previous years.

Nominations should include a statement regarding adherence to the ASM Code of Professional Conduct. For example:

As a part of preparing this nomination, I have read and understood the American Society of Mammalogists' Code of Professional Conduct (here). To the best of my knowledge, the individual I am nominating exemplifies the high caliber of professional conduct that the ASM expects and promotes as required to be eligible for this award, as well as to retain this recognition should they be the award recipient.

JOSEPH GRINNELL AWARD for excellence in education in mammalogy

1990-1999

  • 1997—B. Elizabeth Horner, Smith College
  • 1998—James L. PattonMuseum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1999—Philip Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan

2000-2009

  • 2000—Robert J. BakerTexas Tech University
  • 2001—Timothy E. Lawlor, Humboldt State University
  • 2002—John B. BowlesCentral College, Pella, Iowa
  • 2003—David J. SchmidlyOklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, and Texas A&M University
  • 2004—Norman A. SladeUniversity of Kansas
  • 2005—Mark S. Hafner, Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University
  • 2006—Jerry R. Choate, Fort Hays State University
  • 2007—Peter D. Weigl, Wake Forest University
  • 2008—R. Mark BrighamUniversity of Regina
  • 2009—David M. ArmstrongUniversity of Colorado

2010-2019

  • 2010—Enrique P. LessaFacultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la Republica Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 2011—George A. FeldhamerSouthern Illinois University
  • 2012—James H. BrownUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • 2013—Ricardo Ojeda, CONICET (the Argentine  national research agency), Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de  las Zonas Aridas, Centro Científico Tecnológico
  • 2014—Troy Best, Auburn University
  • 2015—Robert C. DowlerAngelo State University
  • 2016—Joseph A. Cook, University of New Mexico
  • 2017—Robert M. Timm, University of Kansas
  • 2018—M. Denise DearingUniversity of Utah
  • 2019—Donald Kaufman, Kansas State University

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