Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award - Teaching

The Samuel L. Postlethwait Award is now accepting nominations.
This award is for excellence in teaching in one’s institution and/or for recognition of service and contributions to the BSA Teaching Section.

The Postlethwait Award is to a Teaching Section member under the following criteria:

  1. Facilitation of student learning and appreciation of botany.
  2. Demonstrates innovation in the teaching of botany.
  3. Demonstrates enthusiasm for student success in the acquisition of botanical knowledge.
  4. Dedication to plant science education.

Please use this nomination form: Postlethwait Award Nomination Form


  • Call for Nominations: February 21st
  • Nomination Deadline: March 31st
  • Nomination Reviews and Decision: April 30th The nominations will be reviewed and the awardee determined by the current executive council of the BSA Teaching Section, as well as the previous year’s awardee.
  • Announcement and Award: During the BOTANY 2022 meetings. Awardee receives a plaque and announcement at broader awards ceremony, as well as in section meetings.

Appendix: Past Recipients of the Postlewait Award

2013 - Jim Wandersee
2014 - Marsh Sundberg
2015 - Donna Hazlewood
2016 - Baker Stokes
2017 - Phil Gibson
2018 - Madhav Nepal
2019 - Bruce Cahoon
2020 - Covid Pause
2021 - Pause, Review, and Renewal
2022 - Melanie DeVore