Rewards & Recognition

Spring 2008 Program Winners 


The School's Infinite Mile Awards
are part of MIT's Rewards & Recognition Program (R&R) and are designed to support the goals and values of the School. The R&R Program was instituted in academic year 2001 to recognize and reward members of MIT's administrative staff, support staff, service staff, other academic staff, and faculty (when part of a team being recognized and rewarded).

The School's Infinite Mile Awards are drawn from five categories: the "Community Builder Award," the "Go-to-Person Award," the Positive Energy Award," the "Unsung Hero Award," and the "Innovator Award." Recipients of the awards have made exceptional contributions to organizations within the School, as well as exceptional contributions benefiting the entire School and the Institute.

The program encourages broad-based recognition for exemplary MIT employees. Award recipients are expected to represent the best of SHASS employees, and should consistently exhibit outstanding work performance. The awards are based on an open nomination process. All members of the MIT community (internal and external) are invited to nominate those deserving of reward and recognition.


Spring 2008 Infinite Mile Awards

Community Builder Award

Susan Twarog, Political Science

Go-to-Person Award

Vanessa Gardner Hopper, Music & Theater Arts
Michael Myers, Political Science

Innovator Award

Joshua Aresty, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Leila Kinney, Comparative Media Studies

Positive Energy Award

Peter Hoagland, Economics

Unsung Hero Award

Amy Spelz, Center for International Studies
Amberly Steward, Anthropology


Other Academic Awards

Continued Outstanding Service
and Innovative Teaching

Tuli Banerjee, Lecturer
Foreign Languages & Literatures

Marcia Bartusiak, Lecturer
Program in Writing & Humanistic Studies

Mark Harvey, Lecturer
Music & Theater Arts

Sabine Levet, Senior Lecturer
Foreign Languages & Literatures




Soundings, Fall 2008