Mike Tomz, professor of political science and SCID faculty affiliate, will receive the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford's highest teaching honor, at the 126th Commencement ceremony. The award recognizes Tomz's leadership in “in transforming the undergraduate experience for political science students at Stanford through dynamic content of the highest academic quality.”
The annual award recognizing excellence in teaching is named for the late Professor Walter J. Gores, a member of the Stanford Class of 1917 who became a professor of design at the University of Michigan. This year's fellow receipients are Leila Glass, Kian Katanforoosh, and Dan Reineman.
Tomz was commended “for the creation and stewardship of the Political Science Summer Research College,” and “for being an outstanding, caring, and conscientious teacher who is a model of high expectations and generosity.”