Graduate Faculty of the Year Award

Helen Chung

Current Recipient

2023 – Helen Chung, Assistant Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology



Past Recipients

2022 – Munyi Shea, Professor of Counselor Education; Director of Doctoral Programs

2021 – Dana Kendall

2020 – Emily Huff

2019 – Paul Yost

About this faculty award

The Graduate-Selected Faculty of the Year Award was developed in 2018 to recognize a faculty member’s positive impact on the experience of graduate students at Seattle Pacific University.

Graduate students from each program will have the opportunity to nominate a faculty member during the first two weeks of Spring Quarter. A representative group of six graduate students from SPU’s graduate schools will select the Graduate Faculty of the Year from the received nominations, and the honoree will be announced at the annual Spring Celebration of Service event.


  • Excellence in teaching
  • Integrative approach to faith and learning
  • Interest and enthusiasm conveyed to graduate students
  • Effectiveness as a mentor in scholarship and professional development


All regular faculty members teaching in any graduate program and adjunct faculty with recurring appointments in the Master of Fine Arts program are eligible for this award.

View the full selection process for Graduate-Selected Faculty of the Year here.