Sheridan Award Recipients, 1997 - present

The following members of the Brown teaching community
have been recognized with the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for
Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning since
1997.  Click on a name to see the citation for that individual.  
Citations are available from 1999 through the present.


Michael A. Paradiso, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Bio-Med Neuroscience

The outstanding letters of nomination and support are testament to your commitment to teaching and research mentorship. Countless Neuroscience concentrators describe how they came to Brown intending to major in some other field, only to be seduced by the excellent teaching and fascinating issues raised in your course, Neuro 1. Students have commented on your highly interactive and inspirational teaching style. Your impact on teaching has extended beyond Neuro 1, through your co-authored textbook, Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, the leading undergraduate textbook in the field, which has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

You have also been a consummate mentor of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of who have gone on to illustrative careers. Your colleagues have noted the attention you devote to each and every one of your undergraduate TAs, creating an enriching environment for them. One of your former students writes, “I can confidently say that my extended relationship with Mike as both his student and mentee represents the core experience of my own formation as a teacher. As a university faculty member myself now for the past four years, whenever I reflect on my own teaching and mentoring, I invariably find myself confronted with, and drawing liberally from, the fine example that Mike set.”

Barbara Tannenbaum, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

You were enthusiastically nominated by your colleagues and students in recognition of your extensive mentorship in their development as successful practitioners of reflective teaching, and your leadership in cultivating professional development in communication throughout the academy.

Your contributions have extended far beyond Brown to museum curators, judges and justices at the highest level, and community organizations. Indeed, you have taught how to speak persuasively in the world at large. Yet, you are equally committed and generous during your office hours, where students have noted the beating heart of your mentoring and teaching process can be found. Former students note how your course, Persuasive Communication, has changed lives, and your classroom is a place of dynamic exchange where the growth and progress of even the most shy and introverted students is immediately discernible.

You have also served as an inspiration for your graduate students, frequently team-teaching with them and serving as a role model for their work with undergraduates. Many of these TAPS graduate students have become highly valued college teachers since leaving Brown, attributing much of their pedagogical success to the skills they learned under your careful tutelage. One of your students writes:

“[Barbara’s] capacity for in-depth, honest, face-to-face communication with her mentees is a rare and precious gift in a world of two-second emails and hurried exchanges in corridors. Over the course of a semester, Barbara watches you grow and she has the good grace and sharp intelligence to tell you what she sees in you. Indeed, she allows you to see things in yourself as a person in the world that you might not have seen before.”
















  • Peter Heywood (Bio-MCB)
  • Kenneth R. Miller (Bio-MCB)


  • Elizabeth Kirk (English)
  • Stanley K. Stowers (Religious Studies)
  • Susan Smulyan (American Civilization)
  • John L. Thomas (History)
  • William F. Wyatt, Jr. (Classics)
  • Rebecca S. More (History; Sheridan Center)