Grinnell Award

Chair

Members

  • B. S. Coyner
  • G. A. Feldhamer
  • E. P. Lessa
  • P. D. Sudman

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.

2017 Joseph Grinnell Award Recipient

The 2017 recipient of the Joseph Grinnell Award is Dr. Robert M. Timm, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of the Division of Mammals at the University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas.  Bob's career exemplifies the integration of teaching and research and his contributions to education in Mammalogy span formal classroom instruction, field-based courses, mentoring of graduate students, facilitation of museum-based research, and public outreach.

At the University of Kansas, Bob taught Mammalogy, Diversity of Life, History and Diversity of Organisms, Introductory Biology, and courses in Tropical Ecology.  His field-based courses through the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) program researched hundreds of students and inspired many Latin American students to continue their studies in Mammalogy.  Students describe their experiences in these courses as having had a profound impact on their career trajectories, and setting the example for how they now teach their own courses.

Bob is widely recognized by his colleagues for being particularly helpful to minority, international, and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students. He has recruited Native American students for work in Central America and has found money to support their course and research expenses. He has spent countless hours working with Spanish-speaking students to perfect their English-language manuscripts. And, when visiting various countries, has volunteered his time in national and regional museums, donating specimens and reprints, sorting out their problem cases, and encouraging young museum curators in their efforts. He is known to be a truly Equal Opportunity teacher, mentor, and colleague. 


In recognition of his outstanding and sustained contributions to the integration of education and museum science, for his success in augmenting diversity within our discipline, and for his consistent focus on always doing what is best for the student, the American Society of Mammalogists names Dr. Robert M. Timm as the recipient of the 2017 Joseph Grinnell Award. (Photo courtesy Bob Timm)

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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.

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, Lousiana 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+

  • 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