Brownson Honored with Outstanding Faculty Award

Faculty; PhD; Public Health; Students

For Ross Brownson, one of the joys of working at Washington University is teaching and mentoring graduate students.

On April 10, Brownson, the Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor at the Brown School, was honored with an Outstanding Faculty Award at the 25th Annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony, hosted by the Graduate Student Senate (GSS). He was one of eight faculty members commended for their remarkable contributions to the PhD student community.

Brownson expressed gratitude for the recognition. “Our students are the best and the brightest who constantly remind me that our future is in good hands,” he remarked.

Brownson along with his wife Carol pose with current and past students (Nicole Strombom, Callie Walsh-Bailey, Kate Hoppe) at the ceremony on April 10.

Nicole Strombom, a PhD student in public health sciences, supported by Callie Walsh-Bailey, PhD ’20, and Amanda Gilbert, MPH ’20 and current PhD student in public health sciences, took the lead in nominating Brownson for the award, highlighting his commitment to student success.

“Ross is a strong advocate for the students he works with. He provides mentorship and guidance that help with career paths, funding, and getting the most out of the PhD process,” she said. “Ross serves on many PhD committees as both the Chair and as a member. He is always willing to guide students to helpful partnerships and gives guidance on publication avenues.  Ross is willing to engage in conversations and presentations that promote professional development and guides students to do their best work.” 

In addition to honoring outstanding faculty, the ceremony also recognized the contributions of five university staff members who received Outstanding Staff awards.