I am humbled to have received the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching award from VCUarts Qatar this past week! The recognition was not only an incredible surprise, but an opportunity to share the stage with a group of faculty who continue to inspire me with their talent, energy, and brilliance.

VCUarts is comprised of so many dedicated educators, outstanding staff, and creative students who represent diverse geographic regions across the world, all of whom are engaged in a spectrum of creative work. I am honoured and delighted to work alongside all of these great minds.

The Faculty and Staff awards recognize and honour exemplary performance by individuals identified by their peers as having consistently excelled in their work and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the department and VCUarts Qatar.

The award for Distinguished Achievement in Research went to Graphic Design Associate Professor Basma Hamdy (far left)

The award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching went to Graphic Design Assistant Professor Denielle Emans (second from left) – yep, that’s me!

The Staff Excellence in Achievement Service award went to Materials Library Assistant Abdul Rahman Anwar (third from left)

The Distinguished Achievement in Service award went to Digital Fabrication Lab & Woodshop Coordinator Richard Blackwell (fourth from left)

The award for Staff Excellence in Customer Service went to Administrative Business Specialist, Art Foundation and Painting and Printmaking Carmina Celeridad (third from right)

The Staff Excellence in Commitment award went to Fikria El Kaouakibi, Senior Research Officer, Academic Affairs (second from right)

The award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching went to Liberal Arts & Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Summer Al-Jarrah Bateiha (far right)

Also in the photograph are Cathleen Burke (Assistant Vice President for Human Resources from our home campus in Richmond (fifth from left), and Executive Dean Dr Donald Baker (fourth from right)

Photographs by Raviv Cohen