Denman, Lotz, and Sved Win Bellet Awards

Issue Date: 
April 11, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has named three faculty members winners of the 2016 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award. 

Established in 1998 and endowed in 2008 by Dietrich School alumnus David Bellet (A&S ’67) and his wife, Tina, the award recognizes outstanding and innovative undergraduate teaching in the Dietrich School. 

Lorraine Denman

Awardees, who each receive a one-time cash prize of $6,000, are honored during a reception and dinner. The 2016 award recipients follow.

Lorraine Denman is the coordinator of the Italian Language Program in the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures. She earned her PhD from Pitt in applied linguistics and second language acquisition in 2013, and currently teaches Italian language, literature, and linguistics classes. 

Andrew Lotz

Andrew Lotz is a lecturer and academic advisor in the Department of Political Science. He is also assistant dean of social sciences for the Dietrich School’s Office of Undergraduate Studies. Lotz earned his PhD from Pitt in 2009. He teaches courses in political theory, democratic theory, theories of justice, and pop culture and political theory. 

Alan Sved is a professor and chair of Pitt’s Department of Neuroscience. He earned his PhD from MIT in 1980. His research interests include central neural control of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function, as well as the neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology.