Dr. Elena P. Cunningham Earns NYU’s Highest Teaching Honor


Dr. Elena P. Cunningham, clinical associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, has been selected by an all-University committee as a recipient of the 2016-2017 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. The NYU Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes that, along with research, exceptional teaching, both within and outside the classroom, is among NYU's institutional priorities. Dr. Cunningham is one of only six faculty members University-wide to receive the award this year.

In his letter nominating Dr. Cunningham for the award Dean Bertolami wrote, "From the time Dr. Cunningham joined NYU Dentistry in 2004, following a previous appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, her penetrating intelligence, compelling teaching style, scholarly achievements, and leadership initiatives have brought her campus-wide recognition as a 'go-to' person – a scientific expert, a consistently supportive, resourceful mentor, and an accessible, always welcoming colleague. Most recently, she has measurably amplified the value she brings to her students and colleagues by introducing a new online digital technology known as Cerego into the review course in anatomy that she teaches to DDS students preparing to take Part 1 of the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE)."

And he added, "Dr. Cunningham is a charismatic teacher who understands that the secret to success in delivering complex content is a synthesis of scholarly expertise, a palpable joy with the academic life, and a focus on nurturing intellectual enthusiasm in her students. The consistently excellent teaching evaluations she receives attest to her outstanding merit as a teacher."

The Distinguished Teaching Award will be presented to Dr. Cunningham by NYU President Andrew Hamilton at a ceremony to be held later this spring.