Sherrerd Teaching Award Recipients Announced

The 2022 Teaching Award recipients are Jeffrey Ahlman, Associate Professor of History; Samuel Ng, Assistant Professor of African Studies; and Candice Price, associate professor of mathematics and statistics.

The annual Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John F. Sherrerd Awards for Distinguished Teaching were established in 2002 to recognize outstanding teaching by long-serving faculty members, as well as to encourage young faculty whose skills and l demonstrated enthusiasm have a positive impact on students and colleagues.

Nominations submitted by students, faculty and graduates cite the contributions this year’s winners have made through their teaching, research and mentorship. Innovation, patience and open-mindedness are among the qualities nominators cited in their descriptions of the 2022 winners.

This year’s teaching award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in October open to the campus community.

Here are brief biographies of the 2022 winners.

Jeffrey Ahlman, Associate Professor of History

A member of the Smith faculty since 2012, Jeffrey Ahlman specializes in the political, social and cultural history of Africa and teaches a range of courses, including investigative courses in the history of ancient Africa, the colonial West Africa and 19th and 20th century Africa, as well as courses on decolonization, development, gender and sexuality in Africa, and African transnationalism. In addition to Smith’s African Studies program, Ahlman is affiliated with the Five College African Studies Council and the Global South Development Studies Program.

His 2017 book, “Living with Nkrumahism: Nation, State and Pan-Africanism in Ghanafocuses on the transnational politics of Pan-Africanism and global socialism in mid-20th century Ghana. Ahlman is also the author of “Kwame Nkrumah: Visions of Liberation(2021), about Ghana’s first president, and is currently working on a history of modern Ghana, a contract book project with Zed Press.

Ahlman received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MA and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Samuel Ng, Assistant Professor of African Studies

Samuel Ng, who joined the Smith faculty in 2017, teaches courses on African American history, black archives, black feminism and the politics of bereavement. Her research interests include 20th century African American history and culture, social movements, gender, queer theory, performance, and affect studies.

He is completing the manuscript of his book, “Assemblies of Sorrow: The Politics of Black Mourning in the United States, 1917-1955”, which examines the emergence and development of mourning as a viable basis for political organization and protest of Blacks in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. Research for this book was supported in part by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Ng earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in the field from Yale University. He also worked as a lecturer in the history department at Phillips Academy Andover.

Candice Price, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Born and raised in California, Candice Price received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University. A member of the Smith faculty since 2019, she earned her doctorate in mathematics at the University of Iowa under the supervision of Isabel Darcy.

Her main area of ​​mathematical research is DNA topology – the theory of knots applied to the structure of DNA – but she has research interests in the broad field of applied mathematics. At Smith, Price teaches courses in differential calculus, discrete mathematics, and differential equations.

Her service mission is to support those underrepresented in STEM by creating and supporting programs that increase visibility and amplify the voices of women and people of color in science, while building networks and community in STEM to provide opportunities to share resources. Price is co-creator of the site www.mathematicallygiftedandblack.comwhich features profiles of black mathematicians.

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